William James (1842 – 1910), one of the most influential American philosophers referred to as the ‘Father of American psychology’ it was who said “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can altar their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” Marcus Aurelius (121AD – 180AD, ‘one of the great thinkers of antiquity’ said “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” And ‘the wisest man who ever lived in America’ also referred to as ‘the Sage of Concord’, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), said “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking) points out that we need to constantly remind ourselves “that thoughts are things, that they actually possess dynamic power. [And] by the power they exercise one can readily accept [that] … “you can make yourself well by the use of a different and healing type of thought.” Clearly, the words of these wise men have stood the test of time and are beginning to gain a lot of attention in our time; therefore, in these dire times when there is so much ‘unhealthy noise’ on the outside, so much agitation around, it is time for each individual to ‘craft’ a personal haven of peace. In this clime when dissension and discord make it such challenge for the mind to hear itself, the individual needs to be able to retreat into their haven of peace to draw peace, calm, composure and confidence to filter out noise and focus on the good there is, we need a place to retreat into.
The haven of peace becomes our inner refuge, our oasis of peace, our place to refresh the mind and replenish the body when we feel rattled; rattled by all that is going on that distracts us from remembering the purpose life on earth is meant to serve. That way, we can assess, recharge, re-fuel, reinvent and re-launch our endeavour, all these through using the power of our mind. We need this internal charging pod when everything around screams chaos and confusion. Thus, more than before, this is the best time to chart our path back to our essence, to that inner place where we will draw succour for what we have been through, strength to deal with what is going on and reassurance that all is not lost. It is where we retreat to entreat support, guidance, peace with which to forge ahead; that is our personal haven of peace from where we tank-up on inspiration for the challenges ahead. Create yours, it is well worth it!