September 27, 2013

5 Minutes to Peace.

News flash: life is hard.

While we may wake up every morning, open our eyes and tell ourselves, “today is going to be GREAT,” there is a host of stimuli in the world ready to barge in at us, threatening to throw us off our greatness train.

Traffic, people, frustrated baristas, bosses, honking, aggressive construction down the streets, small children, schedule snafus, body aches… the list does not end, but I’ll end it there.

So if we only have five minutes (which is all a lot of us have) to have a conversation with the part of ourselves that wants to just take issue with everything going on in the world, let’s use those five minutes wisely.

Metta Meditation for peace:

May I be safe.
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I know peace.

May the person for whom compassion comes easy for me  be safe.
May the person for whom compassion comes easy for me be happy.
May the person for whom compassion comes easy for me be healthy.
May the person for whom compassion comes easy for me know peace.

May the strangers in my life be safe.
May the strangers in my life be happy.
May the strangers in my life be healthy.
May the strangers in my life know peace.

May my enemy be safe.
May my enemy be happy.
May my enemy be healthy.
May my enemy know peace.

May all beings be safe.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be healthy.
May all beings know peace.

Let me warn you: when you first start doing this, you’re going to feel like you’re full of shit (maybe, or maybe not, I don’t know you). Maybe you won’t believe everything that you say.

Keep saying it.


Keep showing up and saying it and watch yourself not believe a word of it. Do this for ten years if you want to.

Because here’s the thing: one day, you might believe all of it.

One day, you may bring to mind the one person who has driven screws and nails into your heart-bed and wish them well.

And you won’t wish them well for their sake; you’ll wish them well for your sake—so you don’t have to carry around that conflict inside of you anymore.

I wish for all of us to live in such a way where we don’t experience internal conflict. I wish for all of us to show up to the places we show up to without distraction, without fear, without anger and without resentment.

Our power is our peace. Let’s rock it.


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Ed: Catherine Monkman

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Stephanie May 15, 2014 3:27pm

When asked how he was doing, my enlightened late husband would always say, "GREAT!!" – even if he wasn't feeling so great, his knee hurt, he was tired…didn't matter. Always great. He would wake up EVERY morning and say out loud, before he even got out of bed – thank you Lord for my life, thank you for my life, and thank you for all the abundance and blessings you pour over me. He used to encourage me to do that too and some days I'd remember, most often not…now that he's gone I find I do this every day. And it DOES make a difference.

May 15, 2014 12:50pm


prinnysprims Sep 28, 2013 1:03pm

Wow this is IT isn't it?

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Brentan Schellenbach

Brentan Schellenbach is a yoga teacher, writer, adventurer and happiness enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Yoga In Your Living Room, an online platform that helps people develop a fulfilling home yoga practice and learn how to be happy in life, regardless of circumstance. Join her and her partner, Oli, for free Weekly Letters every Sunday, which feature happiness lessons learned from life on their San Diego hilltop, along with new free online yoga classes and blog posts on the nature of happiness. She also helps local yoga studios and teachers move their branding online to connect with a broader audience. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.