I thought I would share some of my learnings on inner peace. It has been difficult for me to master, however, with each day it becomes a little easier.
1. Let our time be spent wisely.
If we are constantly seeking mental stimulation through the latest news, TV or internet we will be swamped with the relentless negativity in the world. Take the opportunity to be still or at least do something positive. The problem is the mind feels insecure unless it has something to occupy it. When we really can attain a clear mind we discover it creates a genuine sense of happiness and inner peace.
2. Control of Thoughts.
It is our thoughts that determine our state of mind. If we constantly cultivate negative and destructive thoughts, inner peace will always remain a mystery. This requires practise. – We cannot attain mastery of our thoughts over night. But, at the same time we always have to remember that we are able to decide which thoughts to follow and which to reject. Never feel you are a helpless victim to your thoughts.
3. Simplify Your Life
Take time to simplify your life; there are many things that we can do without, quite often we add unnecessary responsibilities to our schedule. Do the most significant tasks, one at a time, and enjoy doing them. To experience inner peace, it is essential to avoid cluttering our life with unnecessary activities and worries.
4. Spend time cultivating inner peace.
No matter how much money we earn, it cannot bring us inner peace, but, if we spend 15 minutes on meditation and relaxation techniques inner peace can become a possibility. True inner peace occurs when we can transcend the world of thoughts. We can't buy peace, we need to manufacture it from within.
5. Be immune to Flattery and Criticism
If we depend on the opinions and praise of other people, we can never have inner peace. Criticism and flattery are two sides of the same coin. They are both the judgements of others. We should learn to have confidence in ourselves. This does not mean we will love ourselves in an egotistical way, it means we value our real self and have belief in the good qualities that are part of everyone.
6. Be Active selflessly
Inner peace does not mean that we have to live a life of a hermit. Inner peace, can be felt amidst dynamic activity. But, this action should be done with selfless motives. When we serve others with a pure heart we forget our sense of self, and it is when we forget our limited self that we can have inner peace.
7. Avoid Criticising Others
If we are indifferent to the feelings of others, then it is impossible to have inner peace for ourselves. What we give out comes back. If you offer a peaceful attitude to others this is what we will receive in return.
Don't be afraid, surrender to yourself