True peace is different for all of us but there is no doubt the feeling is often the same. Those moments in life when everything just seems to finally slow down and you feel calm in your mind, body, and soul. Watching a beautiful sunset while sitting on the beach can be one of those peaceful and awe-inspiring moments in life. I usually feel it with moments in nature but I have also come to appreciate a different kind of peace. This new sense of peace has come from acceptance and fully embracing the present moment no matter where I am and what I am doing.
I have tried to make it a practice to list things I am thankful for in my life, to listen to audiobooks and podcasts that motivate me and help me create more positive habits in my life. I try to eat healthy, stay active, make time for friends and family, work hard at improving myself in my education and career and also work in time for personal self-care. I devote my time and money to paying off my debts, investing in my home and personal growth and all of these efforts are starting to show positive results in my life.
In life we often get so busy trying to make time for all of these goals and different areas of our lives that we end up not fully appreciating the moments when we are in them. We may be in the car only partially listening to the audiobook or podcast. We may be spending time with friends or family and thinking about something else we should be doing at home, work, or in school. These distractions away from the present moment will keep our minds and bodies in a constant state of stress. Always wanting to be somewhere else, or at least thinking we need to be. Always feeling we need to be working towards something or doing something creates a feeling of pressure within us that we are never doing or being enough.
Basically, our minds, bodies and souls are never really in a state of peace. Those little window moments of actual peace become few and far between and are usually only inspired when we encounter some place new, like on a vacation or during a special occasion. Now is a time to start making a shift in our lives. This shift can already been seen in the fact that yoga and meditation are becoming more popular and mindfulness techniques are even being taught to school children. This shift is needed in order for our chaotic world to start finding more peace. When in a moment of doing anything, even as simple as petting your cat or washing your hands, allow yourself to just stop the incessant thinking and allow yourself to be. Take in all the sensory perceptions around you in the moment and allow peace and joy to just sweep over you.
You do not have to be in the majestic mountains or standing on the beach overlooking the vast ocean in order to find peace each day. The simplicity of watching leaves fall from the trees outside your kitchen window as you wash the dishes and smell the coffee brewing in the morning can be just as beautiful and calming. Watching your children or a pet sleep while sitting quietly, reading a book can be a point of peace. Over-thinking, over-analyzing and basically, over-doing anything is just not good for the mind, body, or soul. Allow yourself to fully accept where you are in this moment and fully embrace it. Find peace in where you are and who you are without any thought to what was, or what will be, what should, could or would be…Just smile and know this is the only time that matters and you can let the rest of it go. You will find in the simple act of letting it all go is the true path to peace.
With love, health, and happiness,