You can find inner peace, and you don’t have to meditate on a mountaintop or spend a lot of money on a wellness retreat to do it. Taking time to relax is great, but it’s amid the frantic pace of everyday life when we need serenity the most: That time when you’re waiting in line at the pharmacy and your bag falls open on the floor just as your phone bell starts ringing? That’s when you need to find peace within yourself, just as you’re trying to stop yourself from saying a bunch of four-letter words.
People often look for circumstances to help them feel at peace inside. In fact, everyone has this calm, compassionate, deep awareness inside of them. It’s almost as if we have a deep well of peace and calm inside us. What we have to learn to do is tap into it.
With “micro-practices,” you can get better at accessing your inner calm, even if it’s been hiding for a while.
Peace Of Mind Doesn’t Have To Come From Silence
Have you been scuba diving or watched a good documentary about the deep sea? When the tide crashes against the shore, it’s exciting, but if you go down a few meters, you’ll find a peaceful world where animals move at their own pace and aren’t bothered by what’s happening above.
The problem is that most of us live on the surface of the waves, where there is a lot of turbulence and wildness. But again, this deep, calm awareness is actually inside each person. You don’t have to shut out all the noise to find inner peace. People think that if you are in a quiet place, it will be easier and more conducive for you accessing this spot within. But in reality, some people have panic attacks while they’re on a massage table. You could be on a crowded, noisy subway in New York City and close your eyes to go into this space where your calmness resides.
Breathe In And Breathe Out
You always have your breath with you, and both yoga and meditation use the power of controlling your breath to help change your state of mind. Practicing the 4-7-8 breath is based on a yoga technique that has been around for a long time, and you can do it anywhere, at any time.
As you count to four, close your mouth and breathe in through your nose. Hold that breath in until the count of seven, then let it out through your mouth on the count of eight
The long exhale helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which basically starts a relaxation response in your body.
Feel The Truth That You Are Safe And Loved
Remind yourself that you’re breathing. Think about the people you care about and those who care about you. Putting your attention on these things can help you calm down. Let your heart be warmed by the truth of that.
Visualize Your Happy Place
This is another micro-practice that gets easier the more you do it; the stronger your visualization, the more effective it is. It’s okay if it takes you a while to think of your favorite place to be happy.
Read The Story You Are Telling Yourself
If you feel like you’re going down a rabbit hole because of a perceived disappointment, frustration, or thought that makes you feel scared, take a step back and see if what your brain is telling you is true. When you look at the cause of your turmoil, it can seem smaller.
Every Day, Ask Yourself Two Questions
You don’t have to write long reflections like a daily homework assignment in your gratitude journal. Instead, answer these two simple questions: “What did I like about today?” and “What am I thankful for today?” Maybe you did something on your list of things that make you happy.
Finding Inner Peace & Happiness in the Choas: “You Have To Feel To Deal” Is All About It
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