How do we find deep inner peace when the world is spinning so fast around us? Sometimes I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when her home, with her in it, was picked up by a tornado and dropped in an unknown land. But at the center of any storm is an island of peace and that’s where I choose to be. Meditation is my island of peace and, with regular practice, has helped me stay calm in stressful situations. I’m not perfect by a long shot and have times when I can get all wound up about something. But the tranquility within is accessible when I choose to tap into it.
Slow Down and Breath
There are times when we want to sit with stirring emotions and process what is going on. We don’t live in a bubble and issues come up. Looking at a situation from a place of tranquility happens when we slow down, breath and connect to our inner wisdom. We can see things more clearly than when we are all worked up. This may be hard but, with practice, there aren’t any challenges we can’t face when we’re in touch with a peaceful heart, mind and spirit. The quote below is a great affirmation of the power of slowing down to let deep peace flood our senses.
“In a world addicted to speed, slowness is a super power.” ~ Carl Honore.
Depending on the situation, and what’s happening, it can take a little longer to get to that quiet place inside. The issues that trip me up the fastest and hardest are those of the heart. That usually means something flares up with loved ones like family or friends. With those I feel it’s important to explore the cause of a conflict, or other issue, which could take some time. But again, sitting in stillness is the best way to sort things out by not overthinking or letting your ego take over with all kinds of silly reasons that are probably not true. In a Oprah Daily article How to Find Inner Peace in the Chaos author Samantha Vincenty suggests one way is to use the ACT process based on the work of Kristen Neff. Goes like this: Acknowledge your struggle. “This sucks!” Connect to all humanity to know you are not alone. “We all get frustrated sometimes.” Talk kindly and have compassion for yourself. This article is chocked full of great tips to reconnect you to your inner peace!
I recently had a situation where someone was upset with me. She viewed what happened completely differently than how I saw things. It was frustrating because I had tried to talk to her to help her understand my perspective and to hear hers. It didn’t work and unfortunately the friendship ended. I don’t take that lightly and am trying to learn from the experience. Finding deep inner peace again took a moment but I am there again and grateful to have it back. Meditation, deep breathing, remembering who I am and many of the suggestions listed in this post all helped.
The Moonbird.life E-magazine published 8 Tips for More Inner Peace by offering ideas on how we can add more inner peace to our lives. Moonbird and others remind us that being in a peaceful state is where we naturally reside. However, with all the extra stimulus in the the world, like social media, 24 hour news cycles and extra demands on our time to name a few, it is easy to forget that’s where we belong. Of the eight tips, meditation is at the very top, then take a break from social media, breathwork, kindness, walk in nature, laughter, self expression and practicing mindfulness round out the eight. All great suggestions.
In closing, just remember, deep inner peace is your birthright. It is inside all of us. Slowing down, touching silence and knowing you are a Divine Being worthy of all the love in the Universe, is there for you. Always.
“Fill your body with breath and it will fill you with peace” ~ Unknown
Until next time…
Peace & Love ♥