To Gain Peace of Mind, Detach!
I often hear a negative tone on my TV screen and news sites. So many of the experts–regardless of their point of view–sound sarcastic, judgmental, and convinced they are absolutely 100% right.
Sadly, what we see in the media too often presses the fear button in our psyches. If spiritual principles hold true, this is dangerous business.
Hatred and condemnation multiply fear and draw us away from peace of mind (love).
I’m not suggesting that we bury our heads in the sand. I read a variety of news articles so I can be informed. I also write to my local and national representatives and, of course I vote. But I refrain from judging and worrying.
It’s all too easy to let the daily onslaught of news convince us that we are at the mercy of the world’s conflicts. The truth is, our essence is spiritual, untouched by today’s fear-filled scenarios.
That’s why I am so drawn to this phrase: “The best attitude to cultivate is gentle indifference.” (July 30th reading in Daily Meditations for Practicing The Course by Karen Casey).
Another word for “gentle indifference” might be “detachment”—a standing apart without getting caught up in the drama; but still acting from a place of peace and integrity.
Here’s how I try to detach and gain peace of mind, so I can contribute to our society’s future in the best way possible:
- The minute I hear troubling news, I pray for those involved, that they may be guided to the best solutions for all.
- When I’m tempted to respond negatively, I take a few deep breaths and affirm that all is in perfect order, even if my limited perceptions can’t see it.
- I trust that by seeking peace of mind first, I will be guided to the right thoughts, words, and actions.
- I accept that my goal is to be a channel of love, not fear.
- As a “Highly Sensitive Person,” I limit my exposure to inflammatory news sources.
How do you remain centered and positively productive during turbulent times? Please share in the Comments section below.
Gigi Langer is a former “Queen of Worry.” She’s also an educator, speaker, and author of 50 Ways to Worry Less Now, winner of the 2018 Indie Excellence Award. Learn to defeat negative thinking, find inner peace, attain clarity, and improve relationships–no matter what is going on in your life! Available through Amazon (5 stars), Barnes and Noble, and e-book sites.
Langer holds a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education and an MA in Psychology, both from Stanford. As Georgea M. Langer, she’s published several books for teachers and school administrators.