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© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved

My first book, Discover The Secret Energized You, addressed the ongoing exhaustion people have from a stress-accumulating lifestyle.  It covered causes and solutions for stress.  It offered that people can actually trade in their stress habits for energizing habits and end up feeling younger and more vital.  In taking this material to groups, I was surprised to find most people don’t have a calm center to touch in with.  Most people don’t have peace within.  While my book offered ways to calm down, to feel more centered, and release stress, it did not cover creating and building up a personal inner reservoir of utterly serene centeredness.  I have heard motivational speakers and pastors exhort people:  “Don’t let anyone steal your peace!”  But what if a person has no fundamental inner peace?  This new book, then, Peace Within, is a tool for people to use in looking for that calm, sure center, or building it, or strengthening the peace within they do already have.

Do you believe that life is basically good?  In 1963, in the United States of America, the national mood was relatively optimistic and peaceful.  Then, in November, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas, in front of many people.  There was widespread shock and sadness.  Individuals were jolted out of their sense of well-being.  In schools, teachers went into the hallways and whispered to each other.  Finally, the students were told why the teachers were whispering.  There was astonishment, upset, and tears.  Across the country, churches opened their sanctuaries for those who sought to process their pain, to find their peace within once more.

Now, almost 50 years later, life in the USA is mainly urban, busy, and noisy.  People hold their cellphones and iPods close.  Many live such a mental life and in such concentrated communication that they check and send email on a computer or phone while attending a live meeting.  War, tsunamis, floods, fires, recessions, national security and budget issues, together with crowded populations, erode people’s confidence that life is indeed good.  People seek relief from worry, fear, overstimulation, and generalized stress.  They seek comfort, calm, serenity, relaxation, inner peace and “letting go”.

And well they should.  The bodymind system craves what will help it.  We know from medical studies that there are many benefits of managing stress through relaxation.  The renowned Mayo Clinic lists some of these positive health changes as:  slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, slowing breathing, increasing blood flow to major muscles, reducing muscle tension and chronic pain, improving concentration, reducing anger and frustration, and boosting confidence to handle problems.  Clearly, relaxing feels better than stressing.  A number of approaches can help a person to achieve a state of physical relaxation.

Relaxing the body is not the same as peace within, but it can help get you there.  Peace within is something more, a soul peace, a calm knowingness, a fully heart-installed faith that God is there and all is truly well, whatever the appearance of things.  So, what if your relaxation efforts were coupled with terrific internal surety and serenity?  What if your heart, mind, and soul were on board with your relaxation quest?  What is this state that people seek?  This book has called it peace within. However, it goes by various names:  serenity, soul ease, contentment, personal peace, sweet relief, inner peace, tranquility, peace of mind, soul peace, a calm heart, certainty, centeredness, wellbeing, mental peace, and State of Grace. Perhaps you have heard other expressions for it.

–Stay tuned for “What’s Personal Peace?” Parts 2 and 3, continued on my spiritual blog, http://www.UpBeatSpiritualLiving.wordpress.com–

Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book,  Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core.

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