How can one maintain, and retain, inner peace when there are so many pressure points in our lives? For one, there are the internal pressure points pertaining to our family relationships, our health or that of our loved ones, and our personal finances, to cite a few. Individually or collectively, these pressure points can generate great anxiety if any are not in equilibrium. If these pressure points were not enough, couple these with external factors such as today’s fast-paced, chaotic, and many times violent world. All these life forces affect our mental health and well being, i.e., it is a recipe for stress, anguish, and even depression. But there is hope!
There are several strategies you can employ to attain a balanced life and healthy mindset, full of hope and joy. Learn to be a resilient person in tribulations by reconnecting with your true self, embracing every moment as it comes and cultivating a strong sense of calm amidst ever changing situations.
Define True Inner Peace
How can you find that which you don’t define or understand? I would argue there are two types of inner peace. One is temporal and the other is spiritual/eternal.
Temporal inner peace is here today and can be gone tomorrow. Moreover, it is based on today’s condition; i.e., you are healthy, you are wealthy, life is good, but this is like a house built upon the sand, when the winds come and the storm blows, the house can collapse. Notwithstanding its temporal nature, many of the following strategies strengthen the foundation of our well being.
Spiritual inner peace on the other hand is acknowledging you do not control the circumstances but having the conviction that all things work together for good, for a higher purpose. It is a state of mind that is not of this world or tied to the present moment. This inner calm comes from not relying on our devices but believing our well being is within God’s desires and control. Scripture says, “in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.
Finding inner peace and achieving true spiritual calm in a world of chaos can be achieved through self-compassion, focusing on the present moment, and meditating on scripture for just a few moments each day. This practice has been found to greatly improve mental health as well as build resilience that will help you let go of past mistakes while diminishing stress levels. Taking time out from our chaotic lives to breathe deeply and focus on one’s own thoughts & emotions helps attain an increased sense of inner peace. This provides powerful protection against negative influences making it possible for us all to have more peaceful minds.
Inner Piece in a Chaotic World
Chaos has been in place since the beginning of the universe. If our inner peace was contingent on a world without chaos then it would be impossible to attain. The objective of each strategy is not to have dependencies on a perfect world but to have the tools to have calm and serenity even in turbulent times.
Maintaining inner peace and calm in the chaos of today’s modern world can be achieved with careful thought, lifestyle changes, and personal control. Paying attention to mental health issues is vital for reaching a state of equilibrium within this chaotic environment. Incorporating spiritual practices like meditation or mindfulness into our lives will help us remain centered during daily activities. Spending time outdoors surrounded by nature’s beauty has been known to promote joy which leads to an overall sense of peacefulness.
Negative influences should also be avoided when attempting to find inner harmony, each person knows what these are. Rather replace negative influences with positive actions that bring comfort as well as relief from stressors both physical and psychological. Playing games with friends, practicing a sport, or laughing at a humorous situation throughout each day’s journey help keep one on track towards mastering our thoughts. Avoid anything that affects your well being to the extent you can. Spend time with your loved ones, avoid a victim mentality and enjoy life. Don’t let the past affect your future, carpe diem, seize the day.
Fostering a positive attitude and feeling more joy and contentment is achievable when we concentrate on the good in life, recognizing our fortune. Keeping a gratitude diary where one can write down what they are thankful for each day is an effective way of practicing appreciation. Spending time reflecting upon all that we have to be grateful for everyday helps us develop greater tranquility of mind as well as inner peace while learning to value the small moments from daily living instead of worrying about tomorrow’s future. With this practice comes improved mental wellbeing and serenity within ourselves overall.
Each day as I drive my boys to school I see a homeless person that lives at a bus stop, in a very hot and humid south Florida. In extreme heat and rain, day in and day out, 24 hours a day, this person is floor-ridden at this bus stop. It makes me feel guilty when I complain that my house is warm or when I feel uncomfortable for a couple of minutes while getting into my SUV.
Likewise because of my travels I see boys and girls in extreme poverty, to levels unheard of in developed western countries. Yet complain about so many things, the dissatisfaction of man. Let us learn to be grateful and seek to offer others that we are recipients of. Inner peace comes not by having excess material things but by giving yourself to others without hesitation.
Establish Healthy Boundaries
It is critical to attain a sense of peace and control over our lives through the establishment of positive boundaries with others. To do this, we must be able to communicate assertively by expressing ourselves in an affable yet respectful manner. Looking after our physical health helps us better manage everyday stressors and promote mental well being. Thus it’s important that self care become part of our routine for securing contentment as well as inner balance. If there are people or relationships which do you harm, avoid them.
Practice those things which are accretive in your life. This condition will automatically cut off excesses such as excessive drinking, dabbling with drugs, partaking in illicit activities, and more generally, practicing anything that is deliberately sinful in nature. Remember a basic principle, sin cannot by its very nature yield inner peace. If you want true peace, then be at peace with your creator.
Unplug from Technology
Here is a test. If the absence of using and dabbling with your tech gadget brings you anxiety, then by deduction, it cannot be a healthy activity. Unfortunately, we are growing in a time were we don’t know anything different. Infants from the time they can hold a smart phone are being programmed for this physical dependency.
Realize that even computers must boot down. The cache has to clear and the inner workings of this complex equipment must reset and rest. Well, human beings are no different. We cannot have perpetual mental stimulation from our gadgets and develop a peaceful mind.
In the highly technological world we live in, it is important to take regular breaks from our devices and social media platforms to nurture a sense of inner peace as well as to reduce stress. Research studies have revealed that spending too much time with technology can cause anxiety, depression and reduce concentration levels. Unplugging ourselves from tech gadgets while engaging in physical activities which bring us joy can promote better mental health and clarity of thought.
A few ways suggested by experts are setting specific times daily when you switch off your device. Disabling notifications on any connected electronic gadget or trying to lessen using social networking sites where possible. By doing this regularly allows more space within our lives to cultivate meaningful relationships and to nurture personal growth opportunities.
Develop a Self-Care Routine
Developing an effective self-care program is essential for fostering mental health and creating a sense of overall tranquility. Activities such as exercise, healthy eating habits, and mindfulness are beneficial in this pursuit of peace within oneself. It’s important to practice these types of routines on a regular basis if you want the desired effects. Physical activity has been associated with better feelings, less stress levels, increased attentiveness. Moreover, meditation or deep breathing techniques can help control tricky emotions as well as engender peacefulness from inside out.
Recall we do not control the situation around us, but we do control our ability to develop a self-care lifestyle. Develop good habits in your life, even if they seem insignificant, form discipline and reap the fruit of the spirit, i.e., inner peace.
Everyone gets hurt, emotionally or physically in our life journey. If we do not practice forgiveness but hold on to bitterness, hate, or repulsion of others we cannot develop lasting inner peace.
Finding a sense of inner peace and mental strength must include learning to forgive ourselves, others, and foregoing grudges held. This effective practice enables us to redirect our energy towards more meaningful life goals while maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. Mentally strong individuals recognize how important this process is in order to safeguard both their emotional wellbeing as well as personal growth.
The capacity for understanding through forgiveness allows us to embrace not only our own shortcomings but those of other people too. Thereby allowing us all the chance for contentment with our lives which yields harmony inside every person’s core being.
Connect with Nature
The modern world can be hectic, but taking regular breaks to experience nature is an incredibly effective way of improving our mental health and overall wellbeing.
Spending time out in the open air, maybe gardening, or walking or simply appreciating nature’s beauty helps us let go of stress and cultivate a sense of inner peace. Everyday life should ideally include these moments as they foster good feelings and happiness while lessening anxiety levels significantly. Connecting with nature provides relaxation which ultimately creates a lasting feeling of contentment.
As part of your self-care habits, you should identify activities that connect you with nature. Maybe you enjoy outdoor photography, climbing, scuba diving, or similar physical activities.
Meditate on the fact that the grandeur of nature was formed through extreme forces and chaos, yet the final product was good, very good.
Seek Balance in Life
Achieving equilibrium among work, relationships and personal development is essential to achieving inner peace as well as contentment. Even though maintaining a perfect balance all the time may not be possible, striving for it can help in cultivating resilience and concentration. Focusing on having a healthy harmony between different aspects of our lives will result in feelings of tranquilness and well-being during tough situations we experience throughout life’s journey.
Realize that true balance in our life considers activities which are temporal in nature versus those that are more everlasting or spiritual. Focus on both aspects otherwise we can be naturally inclined to worldly pleasures which have limited merit in the spiritual/eternal realm.
Ever since sin entered the world, life and man have been subject to imperfection. Notwithstanding imperfection, we can still find peace in our daily life.
Seeking perfection should not be a condition that steals our peace of mind. Acknowledge we will never be perfect because of our very nature, however, work towards holiness in our attitudes and develop self-compassion and practice acceptance towards our imperfections and those around us. The pursuit for perfectionism is a handicap towards discovering inner peace. Mentally strong individuals perceive failure as chances for personal growth rather than being overwhelmed by them.
Immerse Yourself in Scripture
The best medicine is scripture. In times of hardship and uncertainty, we can find guidance in scripture. By exploring the wisdom within these timeless texts and learning from those who have come before us, we gain greater insight into our daily struggles. Discovering that peace is attainable even amidst challenges, if only through strengthening one’s spiritual connection with faith to sustain them. Reflection on such teachings gives individuals a sense of hope while enabling resilience during adversity. Cultivating inner tranquility by engaging deeply with sacred writings will provide strength for life’s trials as well as instill an abiding trust in God throughout our lives.
I close with a beautiful word from John 14:27 which says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Don’t define inner peace as a function of your circumstances. Circumstances change, but true peace should be a constant independent of what life forces are applied to you.
Achieving inner peace and joy is a process that involves nurturing gratefulness, establishing sound boundaries, taking time away from technology, creating personal care routines, practicing pardoning oneself or others, connecting to nature’s beauty, seeking equilibrium within life, and meditating in scripture.
Find inner peace through self-reflection, meditation & forgiveness
Create healthy boundaries and embrace imperfection to reduce stress
Connect with nature, unplug from tech & immerse yourself in scripture for mental well being.