When things go bad with life, we never think of inner peace and have a tendency to focus on all the negative thoughts racing through our minds. It feels easier to let that negativity take control rather than fight back with positive thoughts. But fighting back with positive thoughts will only make you fell even more anxious and stressed out.
Inner Peace Overcomes Problems
We tend to regard the situation itself as the problem when things go wrong or when we face difficult situations. In reality the problems we experience come from the mind internally, and not our external reality. If we respond to problems with a mind of inner peace that is calm and positive then our problems would not be problems anymore. We may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development.
If we have a negative state of mind then problems arise when we respond to situations. We must learn to transform our mind if we want to transform our life and be free from problems. All of our problems, worries, unhappiness, suffering and pain are all unpleasant feelings and all exist within our mind as part of our mind. Through purifying and controlling our mind we can stop them forever and replace them with inner peace.
What does inner peace feel like?
We are composed of mind, body and spirit. Inner peace is acceptance. Our Inner peace feels like being complete, whole or one physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Acceptance is relative to the rhythm of life so your inner peace changes as your rhythm of life changes. Inner peace dances around how we find our terms of acceptance to any given situation. Inner peace shifts as you grow physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The balance of mind, body, and spirit shifts relative to many factors so the inner peace of a year ago will not be the same as the inner peace required now nor what you will need a year ahead.
How to Find Inner Peace
Inner peace comes from self-acceptance and is not found through self-improvement. Stop thinking and avoid trying to live mostly in either the physical world of rules, or the spiritual world of moving wonder. Be patient as you balance these two worlds as you realize that we are all of both worlds. Balance yourself in a way to live in both worlds by using your mind. Hold stories and amazing tales as a balancing pole to navigate between physical and spiritual worlds. Life is fun so let’s live it to the maximum.
Practice the following tips to lead you to emotional well-being, positive clearer thinking, and inner peace and harmony.
Spend Time in Nature
Getting outside and enjoying nature it all its richness and glory is another way to find inner peace. It is natural for us to be in nature. It feels so good and it is so peaceful when you take a walk in a park or in the forest. If you feel overwhelmed or just want to recharge then take a stroll outside and away from the city. Be there and just enjoy the sights, the sounds, the air, and the peace.
Practicing acceptance means letting go of the things that you have absolutely no control over. This also relieves the anxiety and stress that are building up in your everyday life. You can ‘bite the bullet’ and accept that things aren’t always perfect. Then, start by letting go of the small annoyances in your life and build your way up to bigger scenarios. It helps too to stop complaining about the situation that you’re in and try to focus on finding a solution.
Science has proven that breathing can lower blood pressure and heart rate, and manage stress and anxiety. Using the breath as an object of attention really works. Just by taking five deep breaths, holding it in for a second, and exhaling through the mouth slowly, you’ll feel an instant wave of calmness. Then say to yourself in a time of anxiety or stress, ‘breathe’ or ‘you’re okay.’ Also, you can try a few moments or minutes counting breaths from 1 to 10 and from 10 to 1. Notice who the mind returns to a quiet stillness and pay specific attention to your breath as it touches your nose.
Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Repeating anchor words or phrases like ‘everything is as it should be’ or ‘I am calm; I am strong’ have the power to redirect the mind into peaceful and positive thoughts. The trick is to start with an affirmation that feels right to you and experience how it can elicit a feeling of calm that works for you.
Music and Sounds
Music is a positive aid meditating and has the power to reduce anxiety, stress and decrease depression. Open your window and listen to birds chirping or wind blowing. These soothing sounds can help relax you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. When walking in nature, close your eyes and listen to the details and quality of the sounds around you. For example, when walking listen to wind blowing, birdsong, dishes clinking, cats meowing, or of insects chirping. Listen to the sound of silence that arises between the spaces of the sounds. Whatever you hear by focusing on sound will give you a break from the constant stream of thinking.
Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms. Whenever laughing or smiling, something happens on a chemical level to make you feel better, and it also stops all stress and negativity from entering your psyche. Surround yourself with cheerful people who smile a lot (smiling is contagious). Whenever you’re looking for inner peace, just smile and laugh at your current situation. It will make you feel better and calm. If you can’t force yourself to smile, you know you can fake a smile, and research has shown that even if a fake smile still lifts you up a little.
Realizing what you’re grateful for is another way for you to find inner peace. Gratitude can really turn things around. Be grateful for everything like fresh air, water, sunshine, electricity, medicine, faith, love, and the many life lessons embedded in every situation. Take a moment out of your everyday like and ask questions or affirmations, or say “thank you sun, thank you rain…” or “how wonderful…”
When connecting to the human condition and all those that suffer you know you are not alone. Send positive energy to others who are ill, to other people’s friends and family. Also send compassion to those suffering from anxiety, fear, grief, war, conflict and uncertainty. Think of those on this earth before you and those who will be on this earth after you are gone. By being opened in the heart to other beings with compassion you will feel calmer and more supported as inner peace develops within.
Also, volunteering and helping others other people shows compassion and you’re replacing all negative thoughts and anxiety because you’re no longer consumed with your own problems.
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