Without looking far we can see examples of disquiet and strife, in our communities, in our nations, and in our world. Yet for all of its abundance it is not what we say we want. There is an overabundance of anxiety and unrest. It isn’t what we say we want and yet it seems to be how we are.
Instead of looking around ourselves and saying there is not enough peace we need to look inside and discover whether or not we have inner peace. When we can achieve peace within our own lives then gradually peace will prevail in our societies. We can become beacons of peace lighting the path to happiness for others.
That seems like a simple enough formulae, yet the doing of it is where the real bugaboo lies. It is perhaps one of the most difficult things to achieve, or we think so. It is easy to look around and identify ways in which society could be peaceful, mostly involving people changing to become what we would like them to be. It is much more difficult looking inside and seeing what we need to change in our own lives so we can be peaceful in our heart.
Here are some ideas to consider in becoming peaceful in your heart. They are just a few of possibly many things to try to put into practice. Perhaps you have thought of these yourself, or perhaps they are new.
The first is to take full responsibility for the way you act and react. No one or no thing makes you act in any specific way. You have choices in how you behave. It is up to you to decide how you will be and from there how you will do. Focusing on being and acting according your being can change how you react to others and how you act in circumstances you experience day-to-day.
Know your higher self as opposed to knowing your ego, your needs, or your past history. Take the time to know who you really are; what are your passions, your joy, your values, your goals. This is a life-long understanding, a journey which has no shortcuts. Identifying what your values are will help you understand what needs surround those values. Frequently in life because we are not sufficiently aware of our true inner self we act on falsely identified needs.
Next, abandon the drug of choice in society, adrenaline. It seems we all have succumbed to the need for things to move, move fast, and stimulations that speed up our lives. Living on the edge has, for many, become the determiner of whether or not we are really alive; whether we are real. If we are not doing it at top speed, or with maximum excitement then we are somehow not alive, not real.
Because we don’t know ourselves, or because we are so uncomfortable with living with our true self we mask it with excitement or stimulation. Become comfortable with your true self. What you are uncomfortable with change, and the place to begin the change is internally.
This gets into the next suggestion, which is know what disturbs you; what rattles your cage, so to speak. There is a reason why you act and react the way you do; no the reason is not fundamentally outside, it is inside. Get to know the truth inside yourself that lies behind these hot button issues for you. Sometimes the hard cold truth is you are seeing in others the things in yourself you don’t like but are unable to change within. Our environment is a reflection of our own self.
Finally, prioritize your life. Think about the remainder of your days of life. Go ahead and make a guess on how many days you might expect to live; how many days are left in your life. Now how would you like to spend those days? Do you want your life to be a sum of things accomplished, to-do lists completed, the time spent rushing around, of stuff accumulated? Or would you rather look back on a life of connectedness, great relationships, wonderful experiences, peace and calm?
The impact your life has on others is highly underrated. Your inner peace, your calm, your contentment or lack of those things, spreads to others around you. You can make a significant impact on your environment by the changes you make in your life.
I wish you great success in changing your life. It isn’t easy to make these kind of changes, and yet there is great reward in making even a small change. I wish you the best in finding your own inner peace.
These few suggestions are not comprehensive; there are other ways to achieve inner peace. Please if you have other ideas share them in the comments so others are able to learn from your experience and ideas.