Finding inner peace is the path of letting go, even though, the path could be as hard or simple as a person makes the journey of self-acceptance.
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe”
~ Marcus Aurelius
There are always many ups and downs in everyone’s life. Sometimes we get stuck in a world of confusion, wondering how we find a constant inner peace in our hearts and lives when there is always something wrong in our lives or the lives of those we love.
What happens when we start to feel down or stressed?
First of all, some kind of negative thought comes into our mind that gets us discouraged and anxious. The next thing that happens, is that we start believing in that thought. And feeding it with more arguments, which in turn gets us into a deeper state of confusion and sadness. Next thing we know, we find ourselves, there in that deep mud hole. We look around and all is doom and gloom.
What can we do so that this does not even happen?
Accept what is:
Life is unpredictable. Nothing is permanent, everything changes; and of course, a lot of things can happen that will transform who we are and have an impact on our life. The problem is that we need to be prepared to truly accept whatever comes and embrace it. But mostly we focus and linger on things that we have no control over. Why worry about something that all the worrying in the world will not change? Why care about what other people think of us when we’re not even sure what it is they are actually thinking? Yes, acceptance is a choice—a hard one most definitely, but a choice nonetheless. By practicing acceptance we learn to live in this changing world, where we never know what’s going to happen next. Acceptance is like protecting ourselves with our own shields.
” You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Meditation makes us mentally strong, and emotionally resilient. It reduces the tendency to react, increases the tendency to respond, and is an effective way to de-stress our minds. If you are not meditating yet then, you are missing out on a very important activity that can change your When you have a lot on your mind and you feel like your thoughts are driving you crazy, meditation can help you find peace, calmness, and more self-acceptance. Meditation helps to turn one’s life into a more beautiful, harmonious, and happy one. When the mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, then everything seems right with the world.
“Through concentration and meditation, you become the boss of your mind and gain the ability to tell it when to be active and when to stay silent”
~ Remez Sasson
Spend time in Nature:
Nature calls you back to reality. We can’t stop it from raining. We can’t delay the setting sun. We can’t set the temperature to a comfortable degree. When we are climbing a mountain, our muscles are going to burn. But with this surrender comes such relief! We awake from a dream and realize how little control we really have. We remember that hardship and lack of control are part of life, and accepting this reality makes it not only bearable but possible to feel the joy of being alive. By being in nature we feel comfortable in our own skin, we experience our own quiet peace and strength, we sense the inner us that is the true us. The mask we present to the outer world is irrelevant for a time and put in its proper place. Nature helps us to connect with this powerful, loving presence, whether we call it GOD, Earth Mother, the Great Mystery, or any other name. Nature brings us closer to GOD, our own spirit, and helps us to live lives of meaning and joy.
A smile is a powerful key to living happy from the inside out. The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. And when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. Smiles are powerful and contagious. Don’t hesitate to smile warmly at friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers. Never stop smiling! “Smile and the world will smile with you.”
Choose to help others:
Care for others genuinely around you. What you put out, you really get back in life. Being caring allows us to have empathy for others and to live a life based on affection, love, and compassion for the people around us. When we make a positive impact in someone else’s life, we also make a positive impact in our own lives. Any act of kindness and goodwill eases our way towards inner peace. When we start helping others, we stop thinking about our so-called problems and then we realize that our life is not so bad after all. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dicken
Never lose Hope:
Never give up. Never lose hope. Always have faith, it allows you to cope better during trying times. Having hope is a personal decision, a bold conviction—a choice, and with the hope we always have a path towards peace. Having hope is an active, decisive mindset etched into every single moment. No matter the haze and fog that clouds our vision, hope’s laser cuts through, and never loses sight of her shimmering stars. Hope is something we can never afford to lose Who we really are is based on values we choose to live by, such as believing in the possible, believing in the goodness of others, and believing in the power of love and hope. When we decide to passionately pursue our greatest purpose, then we become the hope in our lives and manifest our greatest dreams, because we refuse to consider any other possibility.
Embrace your Beliefs:
I am not here to favor any belief system over another, but whatever it is that you are believing in, hold it closely in your arms, and accept it willingly and enthusiastically, as by being within your faith, peace will find its way into your heart. We all might have a different opinion in regard to our belief systems, but one thing that we all have to acknowledge is that without a healthy and solid belief system, we won’t be able to find a fair conscience that could show us the way towards peace and wisdom.
“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. In the end, we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.”
~ Dan Brown
Live in the Present Moment:
When we live fully in the present moment, our awareness becomes completely centered on the here and now. We won’t worry about the future or think about the past. How often have you been worrying about things that have yet to come, or how often have you been beating yourself for mistakes that you’ve made, no matter how much time has passed? Too much time, I believe. Not only living in the present moment has a significant effect on our emotional health, but also it has a great impact on our physical wellbeing. By living in the present moment we live in acceptance; we accept life the way it is, not the way we wish, it should have been. And when we live in acceptance, we realize that everything is complete as it is. We can forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made, and we can have peace in our hearts knowing that everything that should happen will.
“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.”
Finding inner peace is not a simple or short path, but it is a process that we can all learn. It is a journey that needs to be appreciated every step of the way. We have to be willing to let go and step outside the box that we have accepted ourselves to be put into, in the first place and start from scratch. We have to be ready to get to know ourselves all over again and be willing to make mistakes. And most importantly, we have to realize that only we have control over our emotional responses and reactions and they can be changed for the better. And finally, when serenity and unconditional love fill our hearts, we will accept that we cannot go back, and will not give up what we have now found, that peace that we seem to have been searching for our whole lives.