Whether we seek it consciously or not, inner peace is often the motivation for our actions. We are called to engage in activities that bring us pleasure and lighten our loads. Even with some of the most destructive behavior, our goal is usually to “feel better.“
Practices like yoga and meditation are definitely instrumental in the quest for serenity. However, if you'd like to broaden the activities that make you feel better or just are interested in doing things besides yoga and meditation, there are other ways to help achieve inner peace.
Here are seven more healthy habits to place you on the path of finding the peace you crave and deserve:
1. Eliminate energy drains.
Buttons that need replacing. Window sills that need dusting. A leaky faucet that needs repairing. These are all things that may not seem like a big deal but cumulatively take a toll.
Think of your inner peace as being a spiritual savings account. Every time you encounter that thing you were supposed to have already addressed, it depletes your reserve. Make it a point to take care of those matters that subconsciously annoy you, and watch your peace of mind increase.
2. Notice beauty.
Quite simply, we like beautiful things. The most talented among us can find beauty in just about everything. It might be a face, perhaps a budding flower, children sharing, or maybe the sleek curves of a sexy sports car.
Just start to take notice about the intricate details of the things that surround you. When you take that extra time to drink in something you find exquisite, there’s a natural rush. Willingly overdose on feeling good.
3. Practice gratitude.
There can’t be enough said about the practice of gratitude. It shifts perspective and the resultant mindset becomes one of optimism. Once the habit is established, no experience is wasted. There is endless peace in knowing that every experience holds value.
Start a gratitude journal and list 3-5 things you are grateful for daily. After a while, you won’t need to be prompted by the journaling. You will begin to express it throughout the day between your regular entries. Gratitude is a building block of internal tranquility.
4. Declutter your space.
Your external environment is a reflection of your internal state. Living with visual chaos around you is a sure way to keep your mind running in circles. It’s difficult to focus on the present when fifteen different items in eye's view are calling for your attention.
Don’t just place them out of sight to give the appearance of order. The unseen can be just as distracting as the seen. Deal with things head on or discard as necessary. Getting rid of the superfluous is liberating both physically and mentally.
5. Reevaluate your inner circle.
Remember those energy drains? People can also fall into that category. Take notice of the people that leave you energized and the people that leave you feeling drained. It may be time to ingest smaller doses of certain individuals.
The other option may be to change the way you interact with them. Perhaps you commiserate more than is healthy. A shift in the way you participate could shift them. They may become less of a drain or may find another victim from whom they can steal vitality.
6. Push your boundaries.
A comfort zone is a cage of mediocrity. No peace can be found living within self-imposed restrictions. You know when you’re playing smaller than you could. It’s like trying to wear the same clothes you wore when you were eight years old.
Allow room for growth and try something new. It’s the only way to learn more about the totality of who you are. Something unexpected may click for you and prompt you to revise the way you see yourself and subsequently express yourself.
7. Be accountable.
The most important piece about peace is to have accountability. Understand that what you experience may or may not be under your immediate control but how you experience it is always your choice.
It’s crucial to own this part of your being. Otherwise, peace will always be something you are waiting on to be given to you.
Acquiring inner peace doesn’t have to be esoteric. Hopefully, one or more of these practices speak to you. We can’t all meditate on an exotic mountainside, but tranquility can be found wherever you are. You just have to want it.