Thursday, 30 April 2015

Finding Inner Peace

So what is inner peace? Well, there no really clear definition. The path taken to find inner peace is as hard or simple as a person makes the journey of self acceptance to be.

Everyone can find inner peace. The path is through acceptance. However, countless paths for finding acceptance exist. Some seekers take a longer path than others as they work out to resolve personal inner conflicts within their life.

Here are 5 thoughts to help guide you to the places where you can actually find your inner peace.

1. Simplify.

Making thing simpler has certainly brought a lot of inner peace to my life. Here are some suggestions on how to simplify your life:
  • Use a limited to-do list. Only 2 or 3 of the most important things.
  • Set limits. 
  • Set limits for daily checking emails. 
  • Set time limits for small decisions and make them within seconds after you have thought about them to avoid procrastination and overthinking. 
  • Set a limit for commitments and say no to be able to feel less stress and produce better results.
  • Remember to “keep things extremely simple”. 
2. Accept.

When you accept what is you stop feeding energy into resisting what is. You don’t make a problem more powerful and sticky in your mind. Instead, somewhat counter intuitively, when you accept what is it loses much of its power. It just is.

And you feel stillness inside. Now, accepting what is doesn’t mean to give up. It just means that you put yourself in a better position take action if necessary. Because now you can see more clearly, you can focus your energy towards what you want and take the appropriate action to change your situation.

3. Forgive.

This is a hard one for many inducing myself.  Forgiveness is important because as long as you don't forgive someone you are linked to that person. Your thoughts will return to the person who wronged you and what she/he did over and over again. The emotional link between the two of you is so strong and inflicts much suffering in you and --- as a result of your inner turmoil --- most often in other people around you too.

When you forgive you do not only release the other person. You set yourself free too from all of that agony.

One thing to keep in mind is to not just forgive others but also yourself. By forgiving yourself – instead of resenting yourself for something you did a week or 10 years ago --- you make the habit of forgiveness more and more of a natural part of you. And so forgiving others becomes easier too.

Also, what you think is a question of forgiving others you may sometimes ---- after some time and inner struggle  ---- discover is just as much, if not more, about forgiving yourself rather than the other person.

4. Do what you enjoy.

When you do what you enjoy there is a natural peace that arises within. You are in alignment with your outer world. This also leads to a lot more success than if you have a lot of inner turmoil and really don't care that much for your work.

Explore life. Be curious and try things out and see what you think of them. This can bring many insights both about yourself and about how things really are when you do them rather than when they are just theories floating around in your head.

5. Be careful with your inner peace.

By using the tips above and by living in the present moment you can find a lot more inner peace. Not only during days when things go as planned. But also on days when your world is upset and things aren't so easy. On such days your inner peace will be very useful to help you make good decisions and to get things done. So be smart, stay calm and be careful with your inner peace.