|Symptoms of Inner Peace
by Saskia Davis
Here are some of the most common symptoms of ‘inner peace’. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you’re doing something right!
– A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
– An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
– A loss of interest in judging other people.
– A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
– A loss of interest in conflict.
– A loss of the ability to worry.
– Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
– Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
– Frequent attacks of smiling.
– An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
After 20 years of being on the radio, I said good-bye to my listeners on June 28th. Since then I have heard from many people saying they missed hearing me speak about contemporary issues. They told me they liked how I would offer support in dealing with the challenges of daily living, especially stress and worry.
Therefore, I have decided to write a weekly blog. I hope that it will bring many people encouragement. Life can be very difficult and I know God would want me to do whatever I can to help.
I will address many of the topics I dealt with on the radio, but if there are any topics that you would like me to tackle, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Like my radio ministry and my newsletter, I have entitled my blog: JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. One of the gifts that God has given me is the ability to use humor in a way that helps reduce stress. Being a Capuchin-Franciscan priest for 46 years, joy is something I try to spread wherever I go. I remember seeing a sign that read: “Laughter is contagious, be a carrier.”
Someone once said that each letter in the word JOY could have a special meaning.
J would stand for Jesus.
O would stand for others.
Y would stand for you.
So, if you put Jesus first, others second, you will fall right into place. Yet even the most dedicated follower of Jesus will find this spirituality hard to follow at times because it takes a lot of practice to keep Jesus uppermost in our thoughts, and it takes a lot of humility to place another person’s needs ahead of my own.
In St. John’s Gospel Jesus said: “I will give you a joy that is complete, a joy that no one can take away.” If you think about it, only we can take away our joy. Throughout history there have been many examples of people who have suffered great hostility, sickness, and poverty, yet did not lose their joy because it was rooted in Jesus.
So this week I urge you to practice this JOY Therapy so you can receive the blessings that Jesus wants to give you.
Remember: TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD.