“People are born for different tasks, but in order to survive everyone requires the same nourishment: inner peace.” (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
Some avenues to inner peace include:
- Noticing your breath
- Walks in nature
- Quieting the mind
- Forgiving others and self
- Being gentle on yourself
and many more not listed here.
What exactly is inner peace? (I’m sure some of you are asking that question.) Well it’s the feeling of serenity no matter what’s going on in your life; the feeling that you are okay and all is well, even when circumstances appear otherwise. Inner peace is creating your own internal climate (which you determine), in spite of whatever situation you find yourself in.
Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
And indeed there is a mystery to inner peace, and finding it requires you to open your eyes fully. For how is it that some find it and can live from that space, while others struggle to even experience it for short periods of time?
Much like any skill that we can develop, some people are born with a greater aptitude for finding and living in peace, while others have to work a bit more at it (just like some are more naturally skilled singers or musicians). But that doesn’t mean you can’t live in peace.
For just as everyone can play a musical instrument if they practice enough, so too can everyone find inner peace. You must make it a priority though and place your attention on it (just like anything else worth doing or having or being).
There are as many roads to inner peace as there are individuals seeking it. And no one road will serve everyone. So don’t worry if you know someone who found it through meditation, and you can’t meditate for five minutes without falling asleep! That just means you can cross off meditation as your path…
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, “There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” Which is great news! There’s no need to spend a ton of money or take expensive retreats (unless of course you wish to), for inner peace is accessible to you from the comfort of your own home.
More than anything else, inner peace comes from a shift in your mindset, your perspective, your inner dialogue. Jack Kornfield asked, “What would we have to hold in compassion to be at peace right now? What would we have to let go of to be at peace right now?”
And it really does come down to how you choose to view and interpret the world around you. If you were able to see everything through the eyes of compassion, and not be attached to things occurring a certain way, you would know peace. If you could live from a state of complete gratitude (even being thankful for things that “go wrong”), you would know peace.
But rather than seeing it as an “all or nothing” deal, why not aim for more inner peace today than you had yesterday? So perhaps your desire is to experience inner peace more frequently, or to stay in that space a bit longer each time you get there. Make your journey fun and enjoyable, and notice the changes you’re making along the way.
Think of yourself as living within a snow globe (you know the kind you turn upside down and it snows inside?) — and you are in charge of your internal climate within your snow globe. What will your climate be — peaceful or chaotic? You get to choose, day in and day out, hour after hour — the choice is yours to make.
Let me know what you choose…
Elise Fee is a Consulting Hypnotist and a Life Mentor — her business “EliseOnLife” helps clients get a new lease on life. Elise’s many varied life experiences have taught her broader, more expansive ways to view and experience the world and humanity. She works with clients all over the world, locally in one-on-one sessions or via Skype (audio and/or video) or telephone. If you are interested in contacting Elise for a personal session, post a comment and she’ll contact you directly. If you’d like to subscribe to her free daily blog, go to www.EliseOnLife.com