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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Inner Calm

The image accompanying today's post symbolizes calmness. You can easily imagine being calm in such a setting. Now also imagine walking through this setting and allowing the calm to fill your mind, viewing the amazing hues that the sunslight gives the earth and the green. You would be undertaking a mindfulness walk, if you were doing that, and although you may not have such a path in your particular neighbourhood, what you probably do have, is some place where you can walk and observe, hear, or smell, perhaps even touch or taste beauty.

Simply do this every day. Take 15 minutes. Allow the beauty of one thing to fill you. Feel gratitude for the presence of this thing in your life. Feel the peace this moment of gratitude gives you, because in that moment of gratitude and observation of beauty, you are fully present, in the here and now, and not in your thoughts that generally take you to the past and future, provoking a sense of stress, pain, worry, or fear. Even if those thoughts are only causing you to feel irritated, envious, or annoyed, they are nevertheless robbing you of your inner calm. Repeat this process until the 15 minutes are up. A daily walk of this nature will not only begin to make inner calm a natural part of your life, but it will literally change your brain's neural pathways, and each time you repeat the walk, you will make this new way of being ... this peaceful and calm way, no matter what the outer circumstances ... will grow stronger.

One of the major goals you could gift yourself with, is to pursue inner calm. It will not buy you a bigger car, larger home, more important position at work, or greater fame, but it will give you something much more valuable: and that is peace. Paramahansa Yogananda said: Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.

Are you getting along? Are you at peace?

For more about finding calm and being at peace, about learning how to take charge of your thoughts and emotions and about the self-transformational process - both in your outer life in the world, and in your inner life with your connection to your inner, divine self, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or e-book).

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