Protect Your Peace
In a world full of chaos and disturbance it can at times be challenging to imagine tranquility as a part of our daily lives. However, it is important to remember that we are deserving of finding, feeling, and maintaining inner peace. How we go about doing this is obviously the challenging part, so today I would like to share a few ways in which I work to maintain my inner peace.
Some of us may already know what bring us peace. But for those that don’t, here are a few suggestions on how to find it. For one, do more of what makes you happy, we find peace in joy. I have a friend who used to tell me he didn’t know what made him happy. I told him to try new things until he found something. He did, and not only is he happier but he has more of a sense of calm and peace in his life. Joy brings on a sense of peace. Try mediation and prayer, try yoga or sound healing, pick up a new sport, connect with nature, read a new book.
Another way that we can find and maintain peace is to change how we speak to ourselves. Inner peace has to start from the inside. How we think about and talk to ourselves can change our world. Give yourself grace in tough moments, and be kind even when it is difficult. You cannot achieve peace if you are not peaceful to yourself. When we are unkind to ourselves, we attract that from others, which can create disruption and unrest in our environment. Peace starts with us.
And that brings us to protecting our peace. Once we have found it, how do we stand steadfastly in it and let no one take it from us? And how do we protect it? I believe general guidelines can be helpful for everyone, but it is such an individual process. As a general rule it it important to remember; anything that cost you your peace, is too expensive. Here are a few key things to try:
Stop doing as many things as you can that make you unhappy. We all have to do things we don’t love, but try your best to change what you can and minimize stressful situations.
Remove people from your life who threaten your peace. No one, and I mean no one, who truly loves you and wants the best for you will try to ruin your sense of inner peace. Envious people will try to dull your light, don’t let them.
Do more of what feeds your soul. So often I talk to people about meditation, prayer, reiki, and they always say, “I love it, it makes me feel so good and so at peace” and then they proceed to tell me they don’t know why they don’t do it more, or make time for it, but they need to. Whatever it is that feeds your soul, do more of it. Commit to that and back it up with your actions.
My main goal today is to remind you that you deserve to feel peace wherever you are on your journey. It isn’t easy to find, and it is even more difficult to keep, but you deserve it. I find too often I slip into caring too much what others think of me or my decisions, or I let myself give my time and energy to individuals who do not reciprocate their time and energy. These things jeopardize my inner peace, and they are habits I am working to change. And I hope this blog can serve as a catalyst for change in your life too. So let no one and nothing keep you from your pursuit of peace. And when you find it, protect it fiercely.