3 WAYS TO INCULCATE INNER PEACE
Modern life is loud, and there is always something or the other vying for our attention at every moment. Peace and solitude have become mere buzzwords. In this article, we give you three quick action-oriented tips to increase the levels of peace in your life.
There is a story of a man who walked along the length of a rainbow in the hope that he will get a pot of gold at the end. When he got to the end, he found an old woman squatting on the sand. When he asked her where the pot of gold was, she raised an eyebrow at him and said, ‘There were gold coins sprinkled throughout your path. Did you not notice them?’
Often we think of happiness and peace as some mountain top far, far away. We think of them as destinations where we will arrive at some point in the future. But peace is not a destination. It’s a process. It’s the daily smelling of roses that you engage in every day of your life. It is possible to bring some peace into your life right now, no matter how hard you think it is. Here are a few methods that you can use.
1. Meditation. Take ten minutes every day to practice meditative silence. This means that you will retreat into the quiet recesses of your mind and become more tuned to your inner thoughts, no matter what they may be. Focus on breathing in and out slowly, and just feel the life force kindle within you. After this, take a ten-minute meditative walk, focusing purely on the physical sensations of walking – the sensual stimuli that are hitting you: the wind in your hair, the sweat on your brow, the mud under your feet.
2. Creativity. Take ten to fifteen minutes every day to do something creative. This could be singing a song, painting a picture, writing a poem, playing an instrument, or dancing to a tune. Watching a movie or reading a book does not count as a creative activity because you’re consuming art, not creating it.
3. Gratitude and acceptance. Much of our anger in life occurs from unmet expectations, both from ourselves and from the world. Take ten to fifteen minutes every day to write down the things that you’re grateful for, and to accept the things that are outside of your control. This combination of gratitude and acceptance will fill you with peace.