When you think of inner peace, you may conjure up images of the Dalai Lama. But you don’t need to meditate with a monk’s discipline to get it. It is more accessible than you think. Inner peace means coming to grips with who are, your purpose in life and feeling comfortable in your own skin. It is living your life with integrity; all concepts you can implement in your day-to-day.
We all have busy lives. While driving, studying for finals or preparing for a presentation, inner peace may seem light-years away. Yet it is something you were born with, but the moment you begin listening to other people’s views, it dissipates. You can have degrees of inner peace; it is not an all-or-nothing concept. Everyone can achieve it.
Start by being true to yourself. If you sit quiet, you can hear your own thoughts and opinions. We spend a lot of time trying to satisfy those around us. It is something you must get past so you can find out who you are.
Another way to find inner peace is to recognize the presence of the higher power. Take comfort in His existence and relish the present moment. The occasions when we are on vacation or a relaxing drive are the key to a calm psyche. There is no worrying about the present or regretting the past. There is only what is happening now. You have experienced those joyous moments countless times but they don’t register as inner peace. Next time, notice how your spirit feels in that space. Keep up the activities that feel good in your mind and body. Do them often.
The biggest obstacle to achieving peace is when we live our lives to make others happy. By doing that, you are trying to gain approval that can never be had. Whoever is making you feel that your dreams are not worth pursuing is obviously not happy with their own life. If you feel pressured to succeed in a career that you do not love, think about what brings you joy. Sometimes, trying to satisfy others is a fruitless endeavor if they don’t know themselves. Their love will never be enough to justify your life’s compromise.
Inner peace is about aligning self with self, self with purpose and self with God. If you live according to your own truth, you will no longer need the approval of others to feel good about yourself. Although it may be scary at first, the confidence you gain will be palpable. You’ll notice the peace of mind right away. Start living with integrity and your life will seamlessly fall into place.