Do you want to achieve inner peace? Are you worn out by the guilt, pain, and resentment you have carried through life? Are you exhausted by responding impulsively, negatively or unnecessarily overreacting? If everyone was being honest, they would admit that sometimes negative moods influence them. Unfortunately, these negative moods can go on to affect those around you.
It doesn’t matter how genuine you are, these old habits can take a long time to resolve. They aren’t harmless minor faults; they are stealing your happiness and enjoyment. It all throws us off-center and ultimately, it makes you unable to effectively cope with life.
You cannot find inner peace and tranquility when you don’t feel great. That means you need to look after every aspect of yourself, spirituality, physically, emotionally, mentally, and intellectually. Look after yourself and your body will respond in kind. Your body and mind are connected.
The power of meditation cannot be underestimated. You don’t have to spend hours in meditation. Starting out simply with the 3,4,5 method can be all it takes. Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold your breath for four and breathe out for five. Start simply with a few cycles for a couple of minutes. As you get more used to it build up to 10-15 minutes.
Create a daily schedule that dedicates 10 to 15 minutes to meditation. Meditation is all about clearing your mind and learning to be present. As you meditate, your focus should solely be on your breath.
When you focus on your breath, it allows you to push everything else out of your mind. With every inhale/exhale, push negativity from your mind and embrace the inner peace and tranquility. Meditation is a great solution when you’re feeling stressed out, just remember 3,4,5. It’s something that you can do anywhere and everywhere, but make sure you dedicate that time to meditate quietly at home.
Mindfulness is not the same as meditation, though it’s possible to practice mindful meditation. When you’re mindful, you’re fully present. You become completely aware of your senses, your sense of smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight all become heightened.
You can practice mindfulness when with whatever task you are doing, when you eat, when you listen to music, when you take a hike. It’s simply about engaging all of your senses to push everything else out of your mind. There is less time to worry when you’re focusing on the reality, you’re living in instead of thinking about what-ifs.
3. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is an activity that promotes inner peace and tranquility, similarly to meditation and mindfulness. There are a wide variety of deep breathing exercises that you can use. However, there is one I prefer when it comes to promoting inner peace and tranquility. I imagine my breath as colors. I assign a color to positivity and one to negativity.
As I inhale, I see myself drawing in blue air, it’s all positivity. When I exhale, I imagine a rush of black air being expelled from my lungs, it’s all negativity. I inhale positivity and I exhale negativity. This simply adds an extra layer of stress relief to the deep breathing practice. The purpose of deep breathing to promote inner peace is that your mind is drawn to the process of breathing and it’s life-enhancing properties.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, focus on your diaphragm and lungs as you do and hold it for a few beats before you expel it from your mouth. Repeat this five times.
4. Be True To Yourself
How can being true to yourself be an activity? When you are in harmony with yourself you will behave how you think and feel. Be yourself.
The problem comes in when you see yourself as one thing but are perceived as something else. You can use a notebook to keep track of your contradictions. This is something you can correct if you develop self-awareness and try to act in line with your values.
If you want to promote inner peace and tranquility, then you need to focus on all of the positivity in your life. A gratitude journal is an excellent way to remind yourself of everything you love in life. Once you start writing out what you’re grateful for, you will find it easier to see more positives. It’s all about training yourself to be more aware of the positive things in life.
First thing when you wake up in the morning write down how you are feeling, next write down what you are grateful for and your goal for the day. At the end of the day write down what you have achieved and a review of the things you have done. Before going to bed, again write down what you are grateful for.
By writing down what you are grateful for helps to train your mind in a positive way. Positivity then becomes a new way of thinking and being.