To live inner peace means to accept, love and trust oneself. It means to accept who you are right now. It means not hoping to find happiness and love on the outside, but to start with yourself. But most of all it means to accept that you have the chance to decide in every moment what you want to feel and think and how you want to act.
Nevertheless, it takes time to find and cultivate inner peace. Especially nowadays we are moving further and further away from ourselves and often lose contact with our intuition. In a society in which we have learned to always just react and in which self-love is almost equated with egoism, it is not easy to rethink. Inner peace must first be learned anew.
The things I have learned on my personal journey towards inner peace I would like to share with you today.
Do not take anything personally.
Far too often we react with reactance to statements of our environment. We quickly feel personally attacked, are offended and become angry. So it is almost an art not to take things personally. But here lies the first key to inner peace: If we look at other people's utterances or actions rationally and put our ego behind us, these things can bounce off us and we see them for what they are: other people's actions and utterances... What others say or do has nothing to do with you in the first place. It says much more about the person himself when he says "You annoy me" than it says about you
So try not to identify with what's coming at you from the outside. Pause and consciously decide not to take it personally.
If you would like to go deeper into this subject, I highly recommend the book "The Four Promises" by Don Miguel Ruiz. The book changed a lot for me back then!
Shield yourself from negative influences.
This does not mean that you should stay away from all the evil in the world - that is not possible. Because then you would not be allowed to leave your house in principle. But what can help you not to let negative emotions of other people get so close to you is to build up an imaginative protective cover . Like a soap bubble, this protective cover envelops you and lets everything that does not serve you bounce off. You just don't let other people's negativity get to you. For example, if you are sitting in the train in the morning and the grandmothers next to you are upset about how our world is perishing because everyone is just staring at their cell phones, don't go along with that upset. That doesn't mean that you have to approve of "everyone just staring at their cell phones", not at all. But don't let that anger get to you. In here, out there
By the way, I am serious when I say that you should imagine an imaginary soap bubble around you. These images can help enormously to find inner peace!
You can go through your day in a much more balanced and positive way if you acknowledge all that you have. If you appreciate the roof over your head, your sight or your internet access. When we constantly focus on what we don't have, we live in a state of lack. We are dissatisfied and feel that we could be much better. After all, others have more money, more friends or a better job. That may be true. But in doing so, we forget all the wealth we already have - be it material or immaterial
Make it a habit to be grateful every day. Whether you write it down, recite it in your head or exchange it with your fellow human beings, it doesn't matter. It is about recognizing what is already there, instead of focusing on what is not.
Almost all our decisions are based on the question "Do I choose love or do I choose fear? Think about it: Why do the things you do? If you ask yourself this question over and over again, it always ends up being either "Out of love" or "Out of fear". When you become aware of this, it will be easier for you to decide. You are also more in touch with yourself. The peace within you grows with every time you decide for love and against fear. Ask yourself: "What would love do? ”
Mindfulness means directing attention intentionally and non-judgmental to the experience of the present moment. This can be done explicitly in meditations or yoga exercises, for example. In principle, however, one can be mindful in any everyday moment. For example, one can consciously perceive the sensory sensations while brushing one's teeth. Mindfulness is about leaving the "doing-mode" and entering the "being-mode". Just being there and being completely in the here and now. Mindfulness can also be practiced through gratitude or journaling . If you are more attentive to yourself and your life, you are not only more present, but also more focused and often more positive. You learn not to identify with your thoughts and can go through your life more relaxed. Here you will find a lot of further inspiration on the topic of mindfulness
If you try to implement these things in your everyday life or keep remembering these tips, you are already doing a lot to strengthen and blossom the peace within you. But be aware that everything is a process and change takes time
Do you find it difficult to find inner peace?
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