It’s now well established within neuroscience that an attitude of peace lights up your brain with the intelligence to excel at life. The more peaceful your attitude becomes, the more neural networks expand and integrate to generate a change on the inside that ultimately manifests on the outside as the Good Life. You don’t have to be a saint to receive the full benefit a peaceful attitude bestows. “What we demonstrate today, tomorrow, and the next day,” stated Ernest Holmes, “is not as important as the tendency which our thought is taking . . . the dominant attitude of our mind. If everyday things are a little better, a little more harmonious, a little more health giving and joyous; if each day we are expressing more life, we are going in the right direction.”
Peace does not mean we will never find ourselves in a place without agitation, problems, or stress. It means being in the midst of these things, and choosing to be calm and clear minded. Peace takes practice. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,” John F. Kennedy once stated, “gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” Kennedy didn’t know it at the time but the new structures peace quietly builds are in the brain.
Acquiring the power that peace delivers is a process. There will be the inevitable setbacks when fearful thinking activates negative emotions. The old imagined threats will raise their heads again, sending mind and body into an uproar and triggering the old, unfortunate behaviors. Take heart. If we make mistakes, we can forgive ourselves and choose once again the experience we want. Ralph Waldo Emerson counseled:
Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on yesterdays.