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					Serenity


      By: Angeline Kelly
•   Definition: The absence of mental
    stress and anxiety. Peace of
    mind.

•   With serenity and inner peace in
    life, it is easier to focus on the task
    that is at hand and not worry
    about things that are out of reach;
    more things will get done because
    there will be no anxiety. Relaxed,
    focused, responsible.

•   Without serenity and inner peace,
    one will worry a lot about things
    that are beyond their control.
    Constantly trying to change
    people or things and ends up
    never getting anything
    accomplished. A person may be
    uptight, off task, and have anxiety
    about things that are not
    important.
Bob Marley- Three Little Birds
Philippians 4:4-7
  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say
  it again: Rejoice! Let your
  gentleness be evident to all. The
  Lord is near. Do not be anxious
  about anything, but in everything, by
  prayer and petition, with
  thanksgiving, present your requests
  to God. And the peace of God,
  which transcends all understanding,
  will guard your hearts and your
  minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6
  Trust in the Lord with all your heart
  and lean not on your own
  understanding;
  in all your ways acknowledge him,
  and he will direct your paths.
       Christian Morality says that a person should have goals and
                      objectives to achieve serenity.
     The virtue of serenity gives us peace of mind, then we are not
   always worried about something that we have no control over, and
      we are more likely to complete the goal or objective that is at
                                   hand.

When we deal with things with serenity and peace, then we are able to
  decide more calmly; focusing only on the most important things in
                                  life.
      Circumstances are beyond human control, but our
                  conduct is in our own power.”
                    --Benjamin Disraeli
-We have no control over the way things turn out. But the way
     we accept the things we have no control over, is in our
    control. This quote relates to serenity because it says to
            accept the things you have no control of.




    “Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others”
                      --Gerald Jampolsky
    -To achieve serenity and peace of mind, one must stop
       wanting to change things. They must accept that they
     can’t control everything. Once they accept this, then they
                           will be content.



   “Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of
     mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not
       merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind.
        Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”
                   --Jawaharlal Nehru quotes
-Serenity is a state of mind. To have serenity you must let go
      of a lot of anger that is kept inside. Once the anger is
                    gone, there is peace of mind.
           Saint Francis of Assisi
• Born in Assisi in either 1181 or
  1182, his father was a
  prosperous merchant and
  Francis planned to follow in his
  footsteps.
• Around 1205 he enlisted in the
  military, but he returned home
  to Assisi and cared for the sick
  after God came to him in a
  dream and called him to his
  service.
• Francis became a hermit, and
  his father was so angry that he
  had him imprisoned.
• He gave up all of his rights and
  possessions including his
  clothes.
          Saint Francis of Assisi
• Later in life he felt as       • Saint Francis relates to
  though he was called to          serenity because of what
  preach, and was soon             he set out to do when he
  joined by companions             was called to preach. He
  who he called the Friars         had a very calm and
  Minor.                           peaceful state of mind, he
• Francis called for               knew that he didn’t need
  simplicity of life, poverty,     all of the things that
  and humility before god.         would only end up
• He is honored by the             causing chaos in his
  Catholic Church as the           mind. He gave it up for a
  patron saint of animals          life of simplicity and
  and ecology.                     serenity.
Serenity in
  Nature
Miley Cyrus-
  The Climb
Journal Reflection
  1.   Describe a time in your life that
       was chaotic or stressful. Reflect
       on how the virtue of serenity could
       have help you changed the
       situation?
  2.   What specific ways – healthy
       activities - can you do to integrate
       this virtue into your everyday life?
  3.   Where do you usually go to find
       peace and solace in your life?
       Explain why this place brings
       peace and comfort in your body,
       mind and soul.
  4.   What is a symbol of peace and
       contentment for you? Explain your
       choice. (Tree)
                   Class Activity
• Find a place outside that you
  think looks serene. Sit quietly
  and think about the things in
  your life that you don’t have any
  control over, but still worry
  about. Once you have thought
  of these things, let them go.
  These thoughts are slowing you
  down and causing anxiety. It is
  important to find a place where
  you have peace of mind and
  serenity. You can reflect about
  your thoughts in your journal
  and draw a picture of the place
  that you have chosen to sit.
                    God,
Help us take the time out of our busy lives to
  just stop and relax. Help us find a place of
 serenity and to accept that we cannot have
control over everything. Help us to not worry
    about things that are out of our reach.

                   Amen

				
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