My friend Marcy and I are creating a retreat for women focused on experiencing and cultivating inner peace. Our focus on this subject has reminded me how important it is to nurture the peace within us and return to it often. It is only from that place that we can really experience all life has to offer and the joy it can bring.
If you are like most people on earth today, you may not be feeling very connected to your inner peace. There is probably a lot on your schedule and even more on your mind. What you need are some tools that will help you ground in peace fairly quickly and I just happen to have some for you.
Focus on the Present Moment – Easier said than done. Right? You might be surprised how simple it is when you practice regularly. In moments of stress, worry, or dis-ease, try one of these easy strategies for grounding in the moment:
- Take a few deep breaths with your eyes closed, focusing on the air moving through you
- Put your hand over your heart and count each breath you take
- Bring mindfulness to your movements and what is around you – feel and watch every detail
- Designate something as an anchor to your present moments, like a specific hand movement, the face of your watch, the veins in your wrist, or anything you can focus on quickly and easily.
Create Daily Peace Practices – when you start and end your day with activities that calm and center you, the time in between will be peaceful as well. There are unlimited ways to do this and it is important to choose what feels right and you are willing to commit to. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Walking in nature
- Reading meaningful or uplifting material
Live Simply– inner and outer clutter are distracting and complicate our lives. On some level they keep us on edge all the time. Creating a physical environment that is peaceful and calm will nurture the same within you. Take a careful look at your space, calendar, and the people in your life. It may be time to let some things go. When you are able to focus on what you love and what is meaningful to you, more peaceful moments will follow. This isn’t selfish. When you are in a calm and relaxed state you will be more effective in what you do and present with the ones you love.
Don’t Marinate in Your Upsets – we are all faced with events and people that disturb our peace. It’s part of living in a world of humans. When you are triggered, the feeling that comes as a response only lasts about a minute. The problem is that you keep replaying the story and triggering the feeling over and over again. The opportunity here is to learn not to keep repeating the story so that you can return to a peaceful state as soon as possible. Here are some of the strategies you might choose to work with:
- Give it a minute or two – let the feeling dissipate on its own
- Any of the tools above for returning to the present moment
- Ask yourself if being upset is serving you and if not, let it go
- Move into neutrality by stepping outside of yourself and observing the situation
- Imagine you are watching what is happening on a movie screen
- Bring compassion and understanding to all involved, knowing everyone is doing the best they are capable of in that moment
Cultivating inner peace is a gift to yourself and those around you. It is from this grounded space that you can be your best self and create your best life. And, it feels sooooo good.
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