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 Present
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.
If you cannot find peace inside (you can), you won’t find it anywhere else.
There’s a place in you where there’s always peace, and you can tap in to 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’re 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 happens, the choice remains: what do we want to see instead?
Choose not to allow another person’s behavior or an event to control your emotions, just for this moment. Re-directing your focus on your capacity for calmness inside begins the positive momentum in another direction.
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 can 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?
Instead of falling into the temptation to escape into addictions or distractions, what might happen if we met our edge with a grateful and forgiving approach?
We can change our entire world by remembering the everlasting qualities of our own inner peace.
The Qualities of Eternal 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’s perceived mayhem outside.
It’s a profound transformation we experience when we learn to bring peace with us wherever we go–wherever we go.
Through compassion during the hard times, gratitude in the good times, and a forgiving mindset when things don’t happen like you think they should, you can strengthen your connection to a peaceful inner space.
You can find peace in tough times by becoming present in the situation. “You cannot find peace,” as Virginia Woolf put it, “by avoiding life.” Showing up in all the uncertainty, and facing the mystery of life with your absolute presence, without needing to know the answers, is a recipe for peace.
Practice putting your mind at rest by countering a negative thought with one of peace, a thought of weakness with one of strength, a thought of hatred with one of compassion. Even a small thought on the other end of the spectrum can tip the scales in a more hopeful direction.
Peace of mind doesn’t come through fighting with your thoughts, but in letting them be, and letting them pass through.
- 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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