Anyone who has experienced an ounce of stress, or feels overwhelmed, or has attempted to navigate a chaotic environment can tell you that hearing the words ‘calm down’ doesn’t help, it even hurts. The notion that finding inner peace only comes from calming down is false. But if you can learn how to find inner peace when the world is seemingly swirling out of control around you, you can work your way back to a stable and calm mindset that will enhance your focus and help you keep on going.
Inner peace is simply about quieting that inner critic that nags you and makes you doubt or think badly about yourself. It may seem like a lofty goal, especially as the world continues to work through all the ramifications of a global pandemic, but it’s important to remember that inner peace is not unattainable, no matter what the circumstances may be. This is where mindfulness practice comes in and all it requires from you is dedication to the practice.
Eleminate your scarcity mindset
Scarcity mindset is the main reason why many people have a difficult time quieting their inner critics. People with a scarcity mindset make fear-based decisions. A scarcity mindset is a belief that there will never be enough so people jump at whatever options are immediately available to them, even if they might not be the right ones at the moment and even if better options may present themselves in the future. Breaking that negative pattern can be hard. It’s important to be mindful when you find yourself jumping to make decisions. Ask yourself if this is the best decision given all the information available to you, and try to remind yourself that there is always another opportunity around the corner.
Quiet your inner critic
You know that little voice that tells you you’ve messed up whenever you make a decision? Well it’s time to put that negative little voice in the corner. When a negative thought comes into your mindset, you counter it with a positive one. For example, if you start thinking about all the times you have messed up at work, try remembering how good you are at maintaining your friendships and you relationships. The practice of stopping negative thinking really is something you must practice for a happy and fulfilling life.
Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint
Achieving inner peace isn’t as easy as flipping a switch or spending a few days meditating or practicing mindfulness. It is an ongoing endeavor and one that require consistency, but the benefits are well worth the constant efforts. You will likely go through phases where you feel as if you’ve achieve inner peace, only for something to come along and upend that practice. You may also notice that people are at different points on their inner peace journey but don’t let it discourage you from working and achieving that for yourself. Keep at it and you will get and stay there.