As the saying goes, the grass is greener where you water it. Today, water the quietude inside of yourself, regardless of what’s going on outside of you. Plant seeds of peace in your mind with this affirmation for inner stillness.
“When your mind is quiet, you enter into the flow of love, and you just flow from one moment to the next as naturally as breathing. Whatever arises, I embrace it with love in the moment. This is my practice of polishing the mirror to reflect love. In this moment there is just awareness and love. If someone else asks me how to get into their heart, I give them this practice: I Am Loving Awareness.” – Ram Dass
Peace is not about making your mind quiet, but about entering into the quiet that’s already there. It’s about realizing that stillness–that peaceful awareness–as your truth and your home.
Inner stillness could be defined as that inner space, or awareness, which makes all thought and perception possible. It’s this silent space within that gives way to the “I Am” that’s deeper than our name, job title, or function in the world. If all of those labels help us identify ourselves in a world of form, then inner stillness is our formless identity, our deepest sense of self.
Let the Outside Be What It May
All battles are won from the inside out, and I choose to live from the inside out today.
Living from the inside out means rediscovering the peace that resides within and perpetuating that peace into the world. Focusing less on controlling your surroundings, you can contribute the might of your energetic resources to the manifestation of peace in your mind. Let the outside be what it may, and water the seeds of peace in your mind.
As Lao Tzu said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
For a moment, let go of what the world perceives you to be. Drop the labels the world has given you, and let yourself become what you might be. Maybe you might be a presence of peace, a ray of light, a happy human… Identify with the space inside that allows for you to be at ease.
Inner Stillness and External Silence
All I wish to manifest out in the world stems from a peaceful energetic state within.
Have you ever payed such close attention to external silence, or a beautiful sight, that your thoughts “escaped you,” and you were speechless, lost in the beauty? Allow nature to teach you stillness. Look out into the silent corners of the world with wonder and awe, for in those moments you too are silent, aware, and still.
In fact, we must be still (not overthinking, planning, stressing) in order to be fully aware of and in tune with silence.
As Eckhart Tolle writes in A New Earth, “Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.”
It’s from a still place inside that truth, healing, and creativity arise. Ideas just come to you, inspiration sweeps through you, and joy of being transcends the demands of doing. Although you become quiet inside, it doesn’t mean you must give up all action in the world. You can keep moving and doing, but you can act from a deeper place.
It’s possible to greet the noise outside from a place of internal silence–this is what we’ll be doing the majority of the time, to be sure, since the world outside tends to be noisy.
Inner Stillness amid Outer Movement
I identify with the stillness inside, which transcends any internal or external chaos.
Silence is definitely helpful when we’re trying to be at peace inside of ourselves, but if we really want to understand the power of inner stillness, we’ll need to cultivate the quiet qualities within while the world around us is spinning. There is a space in which the noise arises, after all: If chaos exists, so too does peace.
To be still inside doesn’t mean there is no noise outside, it means that we do not identify solely with the noise.
If you ever find yourself distracted from any semblance of silence–by negativity, drama, trauma, stress, etc–try this practice:
When you’re constantly spinning stories in your head, you tend to get caught up in them; but you don’t have to stop thinking. You can put some space between them and your peace.
When you catch yourself stuck in a whirlwind of crazy thoughts, imagine yourself stepping back and placing distance between you and the thought pattern.
Recognize what’s happening: distraction from peace, the manifestation of fear, a lack of presence. Don’t rush what you’re experiencing, whether it’s doubt or worry, regret or resent, distress or sadness. Whether negative or positive, don’t rush your emotions, your work, your love life, or your healing.
Strengthen your ability to see the human condition without getting pulled into being it–look at it from a distance.
Since you’re the one experiencing this thought/emotional pattern, you’re not the pattern itself.
Recognize the space in between the chaos and you. That space is a peaceful barrier, and you created it. The world did not bring you this peaceful barrier, but something inside of you placed it there. That’s your inner stillness, extending into the chaos, lightening its hold on you, and reintroducing you to your natural state.
Take this moment of silence.
With more moments of silence, you become more acutely aware of awareness itself; this is the arising of inner stillness.
Plant Seeds of Peace in Your Mind
Truth comes from stillness; positive energy comes from stillness; creative solutions to perceived problems are realized through stillness.
The following variations of this affirmation can help you remember your innermost sense of self, and tap into the peace of that state of pure awareness, which is the background to all your thoughts and experiences:
“I am one with whatever I perceive in and through stillness. This feeling of oneness is true love.”
“I do not resist the noise, but allow it to be as it is. In this acceptance, I am transported to the realm of inner peace that is stillness.”
“I deeply accept this moment as it is, no matter what form it takes.”
“I give my attention to the gap between two thoughts, the silent space between words in a conversation, the stillness between an action and a reaction.”
“In my awareness of something, I identify myself not with that something, but with this awareness.”
“My identity lies with the stillness inside.”
“When inner stillness is remembered, creative solutions to problems arise.”
“When I look from stillness without harsh thoughts, I see that life is a miracle.”
“Looking and listening without judging activates the intelligence within me.”
“When I step into a state of stillness, I can cultivate a deep sense of appreciation for life.”
“I do not reject reality, yet I free myself from the weight of reality and begin to bring a lightened presence into the world.”
“I build time in my day for disconnecting from the chaos and reconnecting with what calms my mind.”
“In this stillness, I notice all of the wonders of life that aren’t to be taken for granted.”
Please share your thoughts, takeaways from this affirmation, how you stay positive and peaceful in the midst of a noisy world, and any experiences with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who might appreciate some peace today.
When you need to step out of the chaos, return to the stillness that’s still inside: “Peace is my home, and I greet everyone and everything in my life today from that peaceful place.”
Free watercolor texture by Lost and Taken; lettering by Aim Happy.