Searching for inner peace

Inner peace seems to be a feeling or state that many of us are longing for. I know I have desired it for many years, while at the same time being fearful of actually really getting it, as I have felt that it has been at odds with my adventurous side. Today I know that those two feelings can co-exist. I do not have to be one or the other. I can have inner peace while being adventurous, jumping off cliffs (not real ones) in order to get the thrill of not knowing what will happen next.

How does one get some of that good stuff – the inner peace that at times can be so elusive to many of us? Quite frankly I am not sure. I don’t believe there is an answer or a solution or formula that works for us all, we are all different, of course.

Should you ask me what has brought me longer periods of inner peace instead of inner turmoil and chaos (and let’s not kid ourselves – I still spend some time there…) I would answer meditation, being increasingly authentic, working with the things I want to work with, setting boundaries and surrounding myself with people who lift me. Those have been essential ingredients in helping me feel calmness, contentment, joy and inner peace and even at times bliss. I would probably also add feeling fear and doing it anyway (thank you Susan Jeffers) – the absolute fulfilment of following through things that I really want to do and not let fear get the better of me, adds to that completeness of being me and therefore also to feeling inner peace.

Could these various bits be what can contribute to you feeling inner peace too? Maybe.

Some of the questions to ask yourself in order to find the answer are:

  • What does inner peace mean to me?
  • When do I feel inner peace – what am I doing, who am I with, what am I thinking?
  • What would life be like if I allowed myself to feel inner peace?
  • What is stopping me from feeling inner peace right now?
  • Who will I be when I feel inner peace most of the time? Is that who I want to be?

Start there and see where those answers lead you.

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