“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband or wife can’t give it to you.
Your children can’t give it to you.
You have to give it to you”
– Linda Evans
The distractions, the many disappointments in life, the conflicts here and there, the turmoil all around you, the failures, the dashed hopes, the wars, the fading love, the stressful situations, the busy schedules, the fights, the fears, the conflicts within & without…There are so many reasons to loose your peace in life as life can be utterly unpredictable. You may not be in complete control of what happens around you but you are definitely in complete control of what happens inside you! Knowing that you are in charge of the state of your mind and emotions is the first step towards mastering inner peace. For you to make any form of impact in life at all, you must be able to know what it is to create and maintain peace within yourself so that you can share it with others around you as well.
“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others”
-Thomas a Kempis
The next step is to actually take responsibility for your state of being through conscious efforts. As such, you take back the power for people or situations to determine your state of being regardless of your experiences. Focus on your perception of events so as to avoid irrational thinking patterns about situations because such irrational thinking patterns will lead to irrational behaviour patterns that can rob you off your inner peace and on the long run, fuel negative emotions as well as negative outcomes. The secret here is not about controlling external events which is impossible because you can neither control people nor control what life brings but you can control your internal processes like your thought patterns and how you perceive events.
Everyone loves a peaceful person…
“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe”
In mastering inner peace, we should always remember to inculcate the following practical tips in our daily lives:
- Learn to respond to situations rather than reacting to them
- Learn to be mindful of your current state of mind and resolve conflicts quickly
- Learn to let go off hurtful experiences
- Learn to forgive easily
- Learn to accommodate others
- Learn to meditate on good thoughts
- Learn to treat others well
- Love freely
To adequately practice all of these, mindfulness meditation should become a vital part of our everyday lives. Through mindfulness meditation, you will learn to gain awareness and be in control of your thoughts, feelings and state of being. Furthermore, it will improve your relationships and your health in general. For more information about mindfulness meditation, kindly visit our website on www.mobilehealthconsult.org and follow me on twitter @DrMorayojimoh.