Life is full of situations that we deem “wonderful”: weddings, new babies, pay raises, promotions, and vacations. It’s so easy to feel happy and content when these wonderful events occur in our lives. But life is equally full of “terrible” situations: getting fired, having cancer or a serious illness, death, dying, grief, financial strain, violent crimes and car accidents. It’s typically very hard to be calm and serene when faced with such challenges.
Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss, happiness and contentment.
Peace of mind, serenity, and calmness are descriptions of a disposition free from the effects of stress. In some cultures, inner peace is considered a state of consciousness or enlightenment that may be cultivated by various forms of training, such as prayer, meditation.
Here are some of the easiest ways, by which you can attain peaceful state of mind and also Inner Peace:
Find a peaceful area. This could be a quiet room, a peaceful meadow or sitting near a stream in the woods. Remove yourself from the rest of the world.
Accept what is:
There is only so much we can affect. What we cannot change, what we cannot influence no matter what, should not be a concern to us. This is what I notice with so many people, in that we focus and linger on things which 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? Once you open the blinds to this fact, and start accepting what is that you cannot change, you automatically relieve yourself of a mountain of stress and anxiety. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders.
If you do not meditate yet, you are missing out on a very important activity that can change your life. Meditating for 20 minutes daily can have an enormous impact in all areas of your life. Take a look at this post I wrote 100 Benefits of Meditation. If that doesn’t convince you to start meditating, I don’t know what will! If you have a lot on your mind and you feel like your thoughts are driving you crazy, meditation can help you find peace. Simply close everything, sit back, close your eyes, and clear your mind of every single thought. Focus on the emptiness. You will be surprised what a mere 20 minutes of meditation can do to turn things around for you.
Spend time in nature:
Nowadays we spend so much time confined in buildings of steel and concrete and bricks that we quickly forget where we come from. It is natural for us to be in nature, and this is why it feels so good and it is so peaceful when you take a walk in a park or bike on a trail in the forest. Watching its stillness, with the wind blowing through its branches calmly, it is a sight that not only inspires us, but that we find peace within it.
Never lose hope:
Hope is something you can never afford to lose. With hope you always have a path towards peace. Whenever we get too stressed out and overwhelmed within our own life, we forget that hope.
Embrace your beliefs:
I am not one to pick or favor one belief system over another, so whatever it is that you believe in, embrace it with your entire being. Be within your faith 100% and peace will find its way into your heart. Now, we may all disagree on each other’s beliefs but one thing we must all agree on is that having a solid, healthy faith is crucial in founding a proper conscience that helps into guiding us towards peace and wisdom.
Accept the existence of chaos and confusion in the same way that you accept beauty and kindness. They are all part of life. Experience everything to transform and develop. It’s nature’s law: there’s light and dark, back and forth, night and day. From the depth of one to the height of the other. Each moves you forward in a different way. Accept and be at peace.