“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” – Unknown
We all strive to find inner peace, that state of being where we mentally and spiritually feel at ease with ourselves in the world. Although we are tested daily, it is our ability to deal with stress and discomfort, and maintain that sense of calm, that proves how well we are at peace with ourselves.
Here are five simple steps to cultivate inner peace, and practice it in the face of discomfort:
- Start each day with a grateful heart. Practice saying a mantra of gratitude to yourself every morning, and visualize what you are grateful for.
- Be present. Focus on the now. A common setback for inner peace is channeling our energies on worrisome thoughts. Instead, put your energy into the present moments, and appreciate wherever you currently are in your life.
- Meditate. Find a peaceful area to relax and work on your meditation practice. Check out our best practices for effective meditation.
- Spend time in nature. Being outside in the world helps to remind us that there is more to life then what is within our bubble. Nature has an instinctive calming effect on us, and frees us from societal influence.
- Embrace your beliefs, but stay curious. Welcome everything that makes you unique, and dig deep to learn more. Curiosity is the lust of the mind, the most powerful thing we own. The more we know and accept about ourselves, the quicker we will find peace.