The past two years have been hectic and stressful, to say the least. Nobody saw it coming- not being able to travel the way we’d want to, being careful about hugging our loved ones, masking up from sun up to sundown, and struggling through two years of our lives.
It’s normal for us to struggle with managing our personal lives, businesses, and relationships while the entire world is still in a collective mess. It’s no wonder the rate of anxiety and depression all over the world skyrocketed. When things are out of our control, it becomes easy for us to get anxious, stressed, or depressed but imagine being able to smile through it all. Imagine living above the restraint, above the chaos, Imagine being able to stay calm despite being surrounded by numerous stressors - that’s inner peace!
Remember when we were much younger and didn’t have a care in this world, the wind was free to caress our hair and the rising sun still held its beauty in our eyes. These were times when we were young and free before adulting came with its best friend stress and anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be that way, we all can create balance in our lives by tapping into our inner peace. It was Marcus Aurelius who said “the nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength”, the strength to go through life as champs every day lies within us!
How To Find Peace Within
To find peace within, we need a complete lifestyle overhaul. Inner peace isn’t a switch we can turn on and off to control whenever we like, it’s a continuum. We have to continuously and consciously work on improving and keeping this inner peace because our world today is full of chaos.
There will always be something fighting for your attention, something bigger and stronger that seems to have you in a chokehold, how do we live above all of these as we step into a new chapter; Inner Peace.
The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace. -J. Donald Walters
Inner peace is often associated with people who are spiritual but in actuality, it’s a normal thing that we all can have and leverage. To build your inner peace, mind exercises like meditation, and deep study have numerous benefits. Meditation has been misunderstood by many for years. When we say meditation, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a monk on a mountain with his legs crossed, humming umms and ahhhs; thanks to Hollywood?
Meditation to some is at any moment throughout your normal day. On the other hand, to others its allowing yourself to step into your mind and clear out the cobwebs. It is turning down the volume of noise in your head until all you can hear is peaceful silence. Meditating every day unlocks the door to a better physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The benefits are endless and even medically proven. It helps to increase tolerance, patience, and self-awareness all of which are crucial to keeping your inner peace.
Positivity in Thoughts and Actions
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” – Vince Lombardi
In this new age, positivity has been somewhat misinterpreted and bastardized. We can set the pace for our day every day by saying positive things about it. When negative thoughts crowd our mind we can counterbalance them with positive thoughts. Negative thoughts cause anxiety and uncertainty, positive thoughts create optimism, and manifestation.
Manifestation is not magic, it’s natural, it functions based on a natural law of attraction. We need to speak daily positive affirmations about ourselves, our dreams, our day. Confidence in the words that we speak gives us peace even when things aren’t going the way they should.
Non-attachment teaches us to live in the now. It’s basically about not diving deep into thoughts of the future and happenings of the past so that you can have the space to truly immerse yourself in the present. How does this help you develop or maintain peace within? Most of our anxiety stems from worry about the unknown, when we develop a sense of non-attachment to what we don’t know then it won’t bother us. It helps us develop a clearer mind, more space in our mind for the things we can control.
As we catwalk, bounce, or stroll into the new year, hopefully, we can leave behind the chaos of the past two years and embrace the peace we have within us.