10 Ways to Find Lasting Inner Peace
There is no price tag on inner peace. Finding inner peace—or rather, creating it—is better than any material object, significant other, or monetary value. It’s better because inner peace is internal and can be everlasting, whereas external objects are always temporary and fleeting by nature. Cultivating a sense of inner peace is a form of strength, and ensures that you are calm and clear-minded even through the thickest of storms. When you find inner peace, the chaos and change of the world around you doesn’t matter any more.
While creating inner peace can feel like a daunting task, it’s actually incredibly simple. You can think of inner peace as your natural state. All you have to do is return to it, so it’s a matter of pulling back layers as opposed to creating something out of nothing. Here are ten ways to find your inner peace, the kind that stays for good.
1. Develop a breath practice.
It’s scientific fact that it’s impossible to multitask, did you know that? While you may feel like you’re masterfully multitasking when you’re eating, reading, and talking on the phone at the same time, what your brain is actually doing is jumping from task to task at a wickedly fast rate. If you are truly breathing, and focusing all of your attention on breath, then you have no space for thoughts. This means no stress, no worries, and no anxiety. Finding inner peace starts with creating a strong breath practice. Make sure you’re periodically checking in with your breath throughout the day, even if it’s just to stop and take three rounds of inhales and exhales.
2. Focus on the present moment at all times.
If you pause and think about the nature of stress or anxiety, you will find that all stressors have one thing in common: they are fixed on the past or the future. In fact, 99% of all stress has nothing to do with the present moment, the one that is right in front of you. It takes practice, but stop and find yourself right here, right now. What does this moment look like? What does it feel like? The more you are able to navigate life in the present, the more peaceful you will feel.
3. Practice mindfulness.
Implementing a mindfulness practice into your life directly relates to breathing and being present. Mindfulness is essentially the practice of both. Mindfulness is the art of paying attention in a special way. It means being fully active in whatever you are doing, whether it be washing dishes or getting a massage. When you’re being mindful, you are slowing down time and really arriving in your body and mind. True mindfulness is synonymous with inner peace, as you will see.
4. Establish a regular, satisfying sleep routine.
We can be grounded and spiritual beings all day long, but at the end of the day we still have basic, physical needs to tend to. Neglecting sleep seems simple, but it can often have a huge impact on wellbeing. If your physical body and mind are feeling sleepy, it will be next to impossible to cultivate the focus you’ll need to find your inner peace.
5. Eat healthy, well-rounded meals.
Just like sleep, your diet is a crucial component to establishing inner peace. If your diet consists of tons of sugar, caffeine, and carbohydrates, you’re not setting yourself up for success. An unhealthy body means an unhealthy mind, and an unhealthy mind is unlikely to arrive at inner peace. Don’t underestimate the importance of your health throughout your quest towards inner peace. All of our physical, basic needs must be met before we can tackle deeper projects.
6. Find a physical practice that feels right for you.
Doctors have been telling us to get an hour of exercise since we were children, and it turns out they were right, for more reasons than simply staying fit. Moving our bodies and getting exercise is often an amazing stress reliever. While working out, we are often working through stress and anxiety, which simultaneously helps us with our mindfulness and presence. You can even try something like yoga, which is being physical and practicing mindfulness at the same time.
7. Start working with meditation.
Meditation is one of those topics that everyone knows they should do, but no one knows how. Well, whether this makes it easier or harder: there is no right or wrong way to meditate. Meditating is simply the practice of clearing your mind of thoughts. Once you find that space between thoughts, you have arrived at inner peace. Remember that this may feel a little different for everyone, so appreciate your own process and sensations along the way.
8. Positivity is key.
Take a moment to assess the ongoing of your mind, and the nature of your thoughts. Are they mostly positive or negative? Many of us commonly entertain negative internal dialogue. The truth is, this kind of mindset only steers us further from inner peace. Negativity inflames the mind, and an inflamed mind is an environment where inner peace cannot thrive. It can take a lot of practice, but try replacing every negative thought with a positive one, until eventually the negative thoughts disappear.
9. Examine your relationships with other people.
In some circumstances, our external world can be an unhealthy distraction from inner peace. Often times, this is a hard reality to stomach because it involves making decisions that make hurt other people. The most important thing to remember about your relationships, all of them, is that they are a healthy and positive influence in your life. If they aren’t, they may cause you the anxiety that will distract you from inner peace.
10. Reduce external distractions.
Amongst cell phones, televisions, social media, and Internet, distractions are one part of life that we have an abundance of. Unfortunately, distractions can be a huge threat against finding inner peace. And often times, once we find it, the ding of a text message distracts us again. Lasting inner peace comes from finding the discipline to avoid distractions that do not serve you. Try to minimize distraction where you can to allot more time for inner peace.