Finding Inner Peace in a Chaotic World

“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is:

Have they brought you inner peace?” ~ Peace Pilgrim

“If anything interferes with my inner peace, I will walk away.

Arguments with family members. All that stuff. None of it matters.” ~ Shirley MacLaine


he world is awash in negativity. Fear, uncertainty, division, anger, and polarization seem to be the daily

norm. So, how can you go through your daily life with a sense of calm, when you are totally surrounded by craziness? I’m so glad you asked! It all comes down to being wind instead of mortar. Let me ex- plain.

Before I get into how you can shift, let me address why you should. This is the story of wind verses mortar… but I’m get- ting head of myself. First of all, why do we allow fear to

dominate so much of our mental land- scape? Take a moment and do a really honest self-assessment. How many times in the last week have you been triggered by fear or anger? (They really are all the same – basically you have two emotions love and not love.) How many times has

something on Facebook or in the newspa- per or on TV triggered you? How many times has your conversation turned toward something negative? How many times have you been out of the flow of love? Why? Why do we allow this negativ-

ity to overgrow in our mental garden? Why do we keep returning to that patch of weeds over and over again? Because it feels like living. It feels like being involved. It feels like we are doing something. It is a powerful illusion and we get caught up in its grip because it taps into our primal emotional mind. It triggers adrenalin so we feel a lift. It triggers brain activity so we feel lit up. It triggers connection, be- cause to the primal mind any connection is good connection, even if its negative and destructive. Essentially, it’s the mental equivalent of emotional crack cocaine and we become addicted to it.

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C Daniel Lackey, FNP-C

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner. His background is in Emergency Medi- cine, with 5 years of experience as an ER nurse. His nurse practitioner degree includes specialties in fami- ly practice and adult gerontological acute care. Following his true pas- sion, however, he also obtained a certification in functional medi- cine. He finds it is truly rewarding and efficacious to address the root cause of illness instead of viewing the body as separate systems.

336.768.3335 18 It’s not your fault really. There is a

dealer on every corner, on every television, inserted into every medium you come into contact with. This addiction can be over- come; however, you must take control and go through some mental rehab. On the other side is the peace, love, and positiv- ity you desire.


“Remain calm in every situation because peace equals power.” ~ Joyce Meyer

One of the most insidious aspects of this addiction is its ability to feel produc- tive and necessary. It’s a wily creature and it knows that if it felt all bad it would be easy to walk away from. So, it whispers into your ear like the proverbial serpent. You believe when you react, resist, and rebel you are doing something positive. You believe actions that stem from your fear are positive in the end, even though they spring from a polluted well. This is fear’s biggest illusions – and this illusion has ramped up to a feverish pitch over the last few years. Here is where the story of mortar and

wind come in. Let me use these two il- lustrations to make my point. When you resist, or rant, or rebel it feels productive. However, under the veneer of productiv- ity is mortar. Imagine that all the things you fear or dislike are bricks. They are constantly being stacked upon each other. You can’t control the production of bricks, you can only control your interaction with the ones in your life. Resisting creates mortar. It allows you to interact intimately with the bricks, which feels good in the moment, but in the long-run it cements them in your life.

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