Inner Peace – close you eyes and visualize inner peace – what do you see? Is it a guru sitting on a cushion in lotus position chanting aum? Is it sitting on a beach, looking out into the ocean? It’s probably not a person sitting in front of a computer at work, or a line cook flipping burgers on a grill top; and it’s probably not that mom taking care of a bunch of kids all wanting something right now.
The truth of the matter is any one of those situations can describe inner peace. Anyone can have inner peace, they just need to understand how and why.
What is inner peace?
Inner peace is a presence of tranquility and harmony that comes from within. You experience it when you realize you can truly manage your emotions, stress levels, and the less desirable situations in life.
During these times, instead of reacting harshly or out of fear, you respond in a balanced way, trusting all will be well. Inner peace is a self-journey of taking full responsibility for your actions, thoughts, and feelings. Only then can you begin manifesting your own destiny and unconditionally loving yourself just as you are. It is the rare individual who can find perfect peace in every situation. However, you can harness its power by practicing self-awareness and even be a role model for others to follow a peaceful existence.
Why do we need inner peace?
Staying grounded is very important – in fact some would say that during these times it is more important than ever. A lot of people look for their peace from outside sources – some watch movies, some exercise a lot, some socialize at the local taverns, others have other outlets that may not be so healthy.
Going outside of yourself to find peace is a temporary fix at best. The only way you can be truly grounded, and peaceful in your heart and soul, is to find that peace from within.
True inner peace does not waver in the presence of troubles or difficult situations so that you can act and make decisions from a place of love, not fear. It helps you deal with stress more effectively, improves your focus, and helps you be more self-aware in all situations. It helps you be more creative, and can even improve your relationships. You learn it’s not necessary or helpful to worry, because you are focused on the present
Inner peace is a choice. No one can choose your peace but you! However, once you choose it, and adopt it as a lifestyle, it’s like having a superpower! And, as if it couldn’t get any better, it helps those around you as well. They see what you have, and want to know more. After awhile it’s contagious – in a good way. Every time a person makes a conscious decision to attain inner peace, the world gets a little better.
It may take time, patience, and effort, but that’s all part of the journey toward the steady mind, healthy balance, and a strong sense of self-awareness that come along with inner peace. It’s more than worth the effort!
Start Achieving Inner Peace Today
Inner peace is a simple concept. It’s just not easy to achieve. You have to go with the flow and realize that good things come to those who wait. (I hated being told that as a kid, but it’s true.) Here are some tips to help you along your journey:
Set technology boundaries
That technology craze people are all talking about? It’s real. Screen time is an issue for most of us. It’s one of those habits that can get out of control, consume our time, and steal our peace. Sure, you’ll still set aside time to pull out your phone for a social media scroll or to reply to a text, but setting boundaries upfront is a guarantee that you’ll be less controlled by technology.
When life gets busy, everything feels like a big deal. When you start on this trend, one tiny stressor can snowball into an all-consuming catastrophe. Figure out what really matters, and if it doesn’t matter, don’t sweat it. It all works out in the end.
Take time to think
Don’t groan at the “Slow down” advice bit; instead, try to hear it out. Your body affects your mind and vice versa. When you slow things down on a physical level, you’re better able to slow down on a mental level. Take time to think through issues before you react. You have all the time you need.
Be on time
As hard as it is to break the habit of running behind schedule, you should break it. Being on time (better yet, early) alleviates the stress of running late. It also shows you are respectful of others’ time.
Let it be
The Beatles had it right when they sang, “Let it be.” There are some things you just can’t control in life. Two of the biggest things you cannot control are the past and the future. Focus on the present moment and let go of everything else.
Just do it
Are you ever tempted to procrastinate when you don’t really want to do something? You may think that you are saving yourself the stress, but in actuality you probably are just making it worse. It still needs to get done, and the more you put it off, the less time you have to complete it. Procrastinating takes a lot of mental energy that you could be using for something else.
The best way to connect with yourself is through the breath. Breathing is what keeps you alive, and it’s what keeps you anchored and focused. If you feel you are losing your inner peace, stop, and focus on your breath. Simply spending a few minutes breathing slowly and deeply will help your mind and body relax.
It’s only 24 hours
Some days are harder than others, and when you find a day that seems intolerable, realize it won’t last forever. Find the good in the day, no matter how small it may be, and be grateful for that. You can also be grateful that it’s not a forty-eight hour day – just twenty-four. Claim your responsibility to choose your peace, and finish the day strong. You’ve Got this.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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Did you find a few more ideas of your own? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments, and as always please reach out with your thoughts.