If you’re new to meditation, then, this particular exercise will launch you on your journey to developing a more peaceful life. The meditation exercise is as simple as breathing but not necessarily as easy as breathing. But with practice, you can begin to cultivate the fruit of the spirit “peace” with ease.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-3 NLT)
Out of the nine outgrowths of a Spirit-filled life, choose to focus on the word “peace.”
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. However, the word shalom means more than just peace. It also means completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
1. Focus your attention on the word–peace daily, throughout the day, for seven consecutive days.
2. Feel free to create images in your mind that represent that word.
3. Whenever you encounter someone or sense an emotional shift that tempts you to move away from this state of being, allow yourself to be immersed in the awareness of the word. Be mindful of how the word “peace” is calling you to reflect and manifest in that moment—especially when your mind is screaming for you to do just the opposite. Ask yourself how you can be a conduit of peace in this moment.
From Anatomy of the Soul by Dr. Curt Thompson