How does a person go about finding inner peace? Can you just think – I will now be peaceful, close your eyes and achieve this?
Unfortunately, we are not wired that way. People cannot just turn off a switch and get rid of the negative feeling and energy. Finding one’s inner peace takes time and dedication.
Everyone who has attended a meditation or yoga class at least once in their lives has experienced the ‘monkey mind’. This is a sensation where you do not feel comfortable in your body, fighting off your thoughts and struggling to find the inner peace. And it is not just a reaction of your mind, but your body, too. As you begin feeling more comfortable in a position you take, things you have deep inside will start resurfacing.
This is all part of getting the inner peace, which means that it is something you should accept. In order to accept things and get the strength to get over the bad times and the frustration, you must deal with them. Running away from things will never provide you with the strength or peace you need.
Why Do We Need to Find Strength?
You may wonder – what does strength have to do with your inner peace?
As a matter of fact, inner peace is all about strength. Without this quality, you won’t have self-confidence. Without self-confidence, you are not able to make any changes and get to your peaceful place.
Your strength is your only and biggest weapon to fighting off bad things and feelings. And even though the journey is sometimes long and bumpy, inner peace is totally worth it at the end.
Now, if you are ready to work on finding your inner peace and making your life as perfect as it can be, read through our list of ten things you must do to get there.
1. Try Something New
If you run from challenges, you can never move further. Your comfort zone must feel great, but staying in it all the time can cause many troubles. If you want to grow, you need to accept a challenge.
Start with small things. Meet new people, visit a random place you never thought of visiting… Simply step out of the comfort zone. Something as simple as a new taste in a different country can open your mind to entirely different perspectives. This will help you find inner peace.
2. Make Some Predictions
We are not saying that you should try looking into the future. If you have heard of affective forecasting, you already know that people have the ability to think of scenarios that will happen as a result of something. While you cannot predict what will happen, you can have a vision of your feelings in case something happens. That actually sounds doable, doesn’t it?
This will be a bit uncomfortable, but we want you to think of the worst thing that can happen. If you anticipate such feelings, you will know your next best step and be able to prevent it from happening. And even if you cannot, you will be ready to fight it.
3. Stop Looking for an Easy Way Out
We all look for an easy way out when in trouble. That’s the human nature – if you can avoid doing something complex, avoid it. However, this means not taking challenges on, which can never result in peace.
If you give up on everything that seems hard, you cannot really achieve things. Push yourself to your limits to achieve more, and this effort will bring a great deal of satisfaction to you.
4. Focus on the Good Memories
One of the biggest mistakes we make is focusing on the bad memories when we are down. If you have experienced a failure, this is not the time to think of other weak times. Instead, remind yourself that you are strong by focusing on the good memories.
Implement some selective memory into your life. You are the same person you were when you were the strongest. If you found this strength once, you will find it again.
5. Meditate Daily
Meditation is one of the most popular ways to find inner peace. Fortunately, it takes only half an hour a day to get the strength and peace you need to survive the day, and we all have this small amount of time for ourselves. And if you think you don’t – you need meditation more than you think.
Make the time to meditate every day. At the beginning, you may find this to be tough, but you will soon learn to control it.
6. Limit Distractions
Technology is one of the biggest distractions of nowadays. And while it can be beneficial in many ways, technology is also your biggest enemy.
We don’t say you should get isolated from social media or cut off the internet altogether. However, some distraction-free time can be beneficial to everyone.
Start by limiting distractions step by step. Try spending several hours without any distraction, then increase this timeframe to few days. Once you learn to control this, you will find that you actually have the time to meditate and focus on your inner peace.
7. Get Into a Headstand Position
It may sound ridiculous or extremely dangerous, but getting upside down serves to show you that you are able to do anything. Take it step by step and be safe. Once you achieve this uncomfortable goal, you will feel better about your strength and abilities.
In addition to this, headstands are actually very beneficial!
8. Take Some Action
Stop overthinking things and get some courage to get out of your comfort zone. We all procrastinate and overthink at times, but you must take some action to become stronger. Make a wise decision, calculate your actions and go for it! The best things are often a result of a challenge.
9. Value Your Values
Be guided by your values, not someone else’s. If you do not follow your beliefs but focus on what others think all the time, you will only feel frustrated.
10. Keep Your Head High
Staying optimistic at all times is impossible, or at least this is what most of us think. And yet, there are those people who always carry a smile on their faces, as if their life is always perfect.
Learn from these people. The essence of being happy is being confident and optimistic. If you keep trying, optimism will become your habit. Once it does, people can hardly hold you down.
Building on your self-confidence and inner peace is a work in progress, but it is something we all must do every day of our lives. Stay committed to achieving this, and you will enjoy your bumpy journey called life!
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