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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

That Elusive Inner Peace


No magic formulas here. No silver bullets. Just the daily practice that makes it possible. Inner peace needs attention on a daily basis for it to become a marked presence in your life.

Why would you think achieving a measure of inner peace is any different than keeping your body toned? Or your teeth clean? Spending some time on raising the quality of your inner peace - say, for example, as much time as you spend on FB or other social media per day - would move you into a place, and this I promise you, where life would gain an irrevocable quality of inner harmony - even if your outer life resembles a runaway roller coaster.

Things - those things that happen to all of us and disturb our thoughts, feelings, and well-being - would have much less power to upset you. And furthermore, each day that you continue to give that amount of time to developing your inner peace, would make that quality of harmony stronger and stronger.

There's a famous quote by Zig Ziglar, that I have frequently mentioned. People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well neither does bathing. That's why we recommend doing it daily. And of course the same applies to many of those other inner things we want.

Inner peace is everyone's right, but rarely comes about just because or through wishful thinking. It must be cultivated. Much can be achieved by emulating others who have gone before us - if you know what they did - or if you read their writing (or listen to their clips, now so readily available on the internet).

Another form of cultivating it - perhaps the most direct way because it has the power to so directly impact on your daily life - is paying attention to your thoughts - that in turn cause your emotions. One of the ways of doing this is following a mindfulness practice. I have described a tantalizingly simple way of doing this here in my posts and refer to it frequently. You can find it here. Doing this on a daily basis will initially show you the power your thoughts have over you, and as you continue doing it, will allow you to be the one who is in charge of those thoughts. That is one of the most direct steps to inner peace. And the process is so simple. All you have to do is practice it every day.

If you want more scientific and detailed information about why it works, and how it has been demonstrated to work, in study after study, on issues such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, OCD, and numerous other problems, start by looking up Jon Kabat-Zinn on YouTube and listen to some of his talks for a detailed background on mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh - a Buddhist monk who was the one who initially introduced Kabat-Zinn to mindfulness - is another wonderful source, freely available on the web.

Remember: finding a good measure of inner peace is easy, but only if you do your part: practice every day.

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