Inner peace, as Wayne Dyer once said, “is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” This affirmation is a reminder for yourself when you feel like what’s “out there” is disturbing what’s “in here.”
“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Unknown
The peace is always there
I may feel disconnected from a peaceful inner space, but the peace is always there.
When you’ve forgotten this, you can remember it again. When you realize you’ve been rejecting the peace available in this moment, you can become aware of it and claim it once again. For if you cannot find peace inside, you cannot find it anywhere else.
There is a place in you where there is always peace, and you can tap into that space whenever you remember your capacity to choose to live from that space. When in a difficult situation, repeat this mantra: I choose to see peace instead of this.
A Course In Miracles also states that, “Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward.” When you are at peace, you bring peace with you wherever you go. Being at peace is how you bring peace to the world.
It’s easy to become disheartened by the negativity in life when we’ve rejected our own worthiness of peace. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and chaos of the outside world when we’ve neglected to pay attention to our inner world. When this does happen, we can choose to see peace instead of that. We can choose not to allow another person’s behavior or an event to control our emotions. We can choose to focus on our ability to keep calmness inside.
We aren’t required to control what happens around us–only gently encouraged to practice ways to change our attitude toward what we encounter.
Focus on peace first
When I find my peace, everything falls into place.
Marianne Williamson shares this beautiful wisdom with us:
Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”
By thinking that the world owes us something first before we are to be happy, we push away the happiness that’s here. Waiting to receive what we want before we give in return is a good way to be unsatisfied with life. Rather than only seeing peace as a result of what happens around you, set peace as your goal and the outside will adjust accordingly.
Rather than automatically hate the difficult situations, what if we took them as teachings? Instead of running in the other direction, what if we became fully present in the moment, taking it in for what it is? What if, instead of falling into the temptation to escape into addictions or distractions, we meet our edge with a grateful heart and a forgiving mind?
We can change our entire world by remembering the everlasting qualities of our own inner peace.
The qualities of inner peace
Nothing conquers the love that lives within myself.
I have personally experienced inner peace as the embodiment of the qualities of love, compassion, forgiveness, presence, gratefulness, acceptance, surrender, and serenity. It’s a really beautiful thing when we realize that we can practice stillness inside even while we’re doing and achieving outside, even while there is perceived mayhem outside. It is a profound transformation that we experience when we learn to bring peace with us wherever we go.
The Dalai Lama said that, “One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.” Gerald Jampolsky suggested that inner peace “can be reached only when we practice forgiveness.” I have found both suggestions to be true. Through compassion during the hard times, gratitude in the good times, and a forgiving mindset, you can strengthen your connection to a peaceful inner space.
You can find peace by becoming present in the situation, whether it’s a difficult moment or an easy one. “You cannot find peace,” as Virginia Woolf put it, “by avoiding life.” You can show up in this moment, in all the uncertainty, and accept it as it is, knowing that this is what it means to be human. You can let go of past hurts, forgive past mistakes, and focus on what’s possible in the present moment.
You can find peace through practice. Practice putting your mind at rest by replacing any troubled thought with one of peace, a thought of weakness with one of strength, a thought of hatred with one of compassion. Peace of mind does not come through fighting with your thoughts, but in letting them be, and letting them go. You cannot find peace through violence, but you can reconnect with your peace even in the midst of worldly violence, drama, chaos, noise, and confusion.
- How do you stay calm inside regardless of what’s happening outside?
- How do you remind yourself to trust the process, however it’s unfolding?
Please share your thoughts, lessons, or experiences with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who could use some peace of mind today.
Let nothing that happens “out there” permanently destroy your peace.
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