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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:54 pm

Don’t you find life to always be filled with stress? Doesn’t it seem
like there is always something that happens which encompasses our
entire attention, and thus drain our positive energy? As our society
grows more and more complex, finding true peace becomes more like
trying to find an oasis in the desert. My life is a busy one as well, from living everyday and all of the stress & demands that comes
with it, definitely takes its toll over time. Therefore, I wanted to
take this opportunity to share with you some of the methods that I use
in my life to find peace and disconnect from the daily routine:

Accept what is
There is only so much we can affect. What we cannot change, what we
cannot influence no matter what, should not be a concern to us. This is
what I notice with so many people, in that we focus and linger on
things which we have no control over. Why worry about something that
all the worrying in the world will not change? Why care about what
other people think of us when we’re not even sure what it is they are
actually thinking? Once you open the blinds to this fact, and start
accepting what is that you cannot change, you automatically relieve
yourself of a mountain of stress and anxiety. It’s like a huge weight
has been lifted from your shoulders. Taking this path is following a
road towards peace.

If you do not meditate yet, you are missing out on a very important
activity that can change your life. Meditating for 20 minutes daily can
have an enormous impact in all areas of your life. Take a look at this
post I wrote 100 Benefits of Meditation.
If that doesn’t convince you to start meditating, I don’t know what
will! If you have a lot on your mind and you feel like your thoughts
are driving you crazy, meditation can help you find peace. Simply close
everything, sit back, close your eyes, and clear your mind of every
single thought. Focus on the emptiness. You will be surprised what a
mere 20 minutes of meditation can do to turn things around for you. If
you have trouble meditating, I would suggest getting a professional guided meditation CD, which will help you get used to this level of peacefulness Simple Tips to find your inner peace. Icon_wink

Spend time in nature
We spend so much time confined in buildings of steel and concrete and
bricks that we quickly forget where we come from. It is natural for us
to be in nature, and this is why it feels so good and it is so peaceful
when you take a walk in a park or bike on a trail in the forest. As I
am typing this blog, I am looking out my window to this gigantic tree
in front of my house. Watching its stillness, with the wind blowing
through its branches calmly, it is a sight that not only inspires me,
but that I find peace within it. I have blogged before about how I
enjoy biking
and one of the reasons is that it brings me closer to nature. It is
something you just can’t experience in a car. If you feel overwhelmed,
take a stroll outside where there are tons of trees and far from the
city. Be there and just enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the peace.

Learn the power of a smile
Whenever you are laughing or smiling, something interesting happens.
Not only does something happen on a chemical level to make you feel
better, but it also stops all stress and negativity from entering your
psyche. A simple smile can make such a difference. For example, the
other day I mishandled a dish and it fell on the floor, breaking into
pieces, creating a big mess. Now, I could have been angry with myself
for being clumsy and thinking “here’s another reason why life sucks!”.
But I did the opposite. I began to smile and kind of make fun of myself
for not being able to hold on to that plate properly. As I cleaned up
the mess, there was no bitterness or anger. As a matter of fact, I did
it with a smile on my face…I did it with peace. So whenever you find
yourself in a similar predicament, just think of the silver lining, and
don’t be shy to poke fun at yourself. You will quickly realize that
peace finds its way much more easily to you when you smile.

Think outwardly
What I mean by this is that most of the time, we are so consumed within
our own problems that we can no longer see the forest from the trees.
Therefore, it helps to remind ourselves how big the world is. Take a
moment and read up about some other countries, cultures, and the likes.
Be aware that the world does not revolve around your problems. I find
that when I hear about a tsunami or an earthquake killing hundreds of
thousands of people on the other side of the world, my problems aren’t
really “problems”. Looking beyond ourselves is very important in
finding peace and it leads me to my next point.

Care about others
You will never find peace by being self-consumed and only worrying
about your own needs and wants. When you begin to genuinely care about
other people, so much goodness comes right out. This only helps into
solidifying your inner peace. It can be people close to you or pure
strangers, but any act of kindness and goodwill eases your way towards
peace. When I help other people, I stop focusing on my so-called
problems and realize that my life isn’t so bad after all. This rids my
entire being of all the stress and feelings of overwhelm. There is
great peace and wisdom in thinking and caring about other people, which
we are blind to when we are too deep within our own selfish ways.

Never lose hope
Hope is something you can never afford to lose. With hope you always
have a path towards peace. Whenever we get too stressed out and
overwhelmed within our own life, we forget that hope. We forget that
the sun always shines after a rainy day, and that this is merely a bump
in the road. I find immense peace in just knowing, deep within my
heart, that everything will be ok. With hope, I know that whatever is
seemingly terrible, is only temporary and that soon enough, things will
be just fine. This lifts off all of that negativity from my entire
being, and I feel better pretty much instantly.

Embrace your beliefs
I am not one to pick or favor one belief system over another, so
whatever it is that you believe in, embrace it with your entire being.
Be within your faith 100% and peace will find its way into your heart.
Now, we may all disagree on each other’s beliefs but one thing we must
all agree on is that having a solid, healthy faith is crucial in
founding a proper conscience that helps into guiding us towards peace
and wisdom. There is a reason why research has shown that people that
are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy and are
less likely to have diseases such as cancer. This is because they
experience more inner peace, which is important if you want to increase
the quality of your life.

Keep learning
One thing that provides us with much stress in life is the fact that we
always worry about not having all the answers. Just accepting that you
do not know everything, and that you are open to always keep learning
is a tremendous step to take towards achieving inner peace. I find
great joy in learning all kinds of different things, and just being
aware that I am growing as a person each and every day provides me with
great feelings of peace. Accept that life is one big journey of
never-ending learning and you will find yourself closer to experiencing
true peace within yourself.

Live in the present moment
Most of the time, what we worry about is relating to something either
in the past, or something that hasn’t happened. Living in the present
moment erases all such thoughts. Why worry about something in the past
that we cannot ever change? (see point #1, accept what is). Why worry
about something that we are not even sure will happen or not? This is
why in the present moment, you find true inner peace. In the present
moment, there are no problems and no concerns. There is only stillness,
and it is within that stillness that you can uncover peace. I used to
be such a person that worried all the time, to the point where I had
trouble sleeping. Once I learned to live in the present moment, I
stopped thinking about the past and any potential future, and just
worried about being ever-present in each and every moment. My life is
definitely more peaceful since then!

SOURCE: Frederick Prenji

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