Updated: Oct 26
Do you take the time to acknowledge and notice your natural presence of inner peace? Perhaps you were not aware that inner peace has always been available to you. Perhaps you didn’t know where to look for peace. Maybe your personal way of thinking has made you believe that real peace is not attainable. What if you can see now that peace is your innate way of being? Inner peace is not based on worth or deservedness, and it is not something we need to fix ourselves to attain; it’s our birthright yet it requires cultivation and nourishment on a daily basis.
Opening to a state of unconditional love involves transforming our inner landscape from one filled with self-criticism, blame, guilt, and fear to one of ease and grace.
In this state, our self-talk is characterized by acceptance, love, compassion, and forgiveness for ourselves and others.
Inner peace is where we no longer judge ourselves and others or feel unworthy. It is about feeling that we are enough and embracing all aspects of ourselves even our weaknesses.
It requires a shift in perspective and conscious awareness of our habitual mental patterns and conditioned emotional tendencies that often overshadow our innate inner peace. As many falsely assume, inner peace is not just an absence of disturbances or about avoiding unpleasant experiences or pursuing only pleasant experiences in life, but rather an internal state of calmness, balance and equilibrium that can be maintained regardless of the situation or circumstance. It serves without losing oneself when undesirable or unpleasant experiences or events occur. Inner peace is a deep feeling of safety and connection and is what gives us that feeling of lightness and hope even when chaos or devastation rocks our world. Inner peace involves consciously and mindfully choosing the healthiest response in any given situation; characterized by having a resilient mindset. It requires a conscious balance of surrender, acceptance, and transcendence and regaining equilibrium over our thoughts and emotional reactions.
The Present Moment is Where Peace Exists
Inner peace is not something we find outside of ourselves but rather something we uncover by becoming more self-aware, self-accepting and embracing self-respect.
Become a witness and observer of your own inner experience by imagining your mind as a white canvas whereas your habitual thoughts, emotions and even your self-limiting beliefs are energetic stains or paint on the canvas that can simply be removed and washed away by allowing healthier perspectives and thoughts to enter your conscious awareness (onto your canvas). If we get caught up thinking we are our thoughts, emotions, self-limiting beliefs or the stains/paint on the canvas, we begin losing the feeling of peacefulness. Often, we are overconsumed in our own ego, our own thinking, and misunderstandings, preventing us from realizing our peaceful nature is always here in the present moment.
Cultivating inner peace takes time; it is a journey and a daily practice. It requires being authentic and honest with ourselves about what no longer serves our higher good. It is embracing self-love so that we can show up and shine our inner light to love and serve others along this journey of life. Here's a recap:
Inner peace is a human birthright; yet it requires daily cultivation and nurturing.
Inner peace is not about avoidance or indifference, but consciously choosing constructive and healthy responses in light of natural human challenges
Inner peace requires self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-respect and freedom from habitual mental patterns of shame, guilt, blame, self-criticism, and fear to one of calmness and grace.
Inner peace is characterized by acceptance and resilience beyond the pursuit of happiness, pleasure and material possessions.
Inner peace is a daily practice that takes time, authenticity, honesty and letting go of things that no longer serve you.
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