We all want to find inner peace. Yoga teacher Steve Ross says that ‘world peace begins with inner peace’. Ecological writer Satish Kumar wrote that shouting in the streets for world peace is like ‘churning sand, to make butter’. You can’t have any kind of peaceful world, if you are not at peace within yourself. Real inner peace is pretty difficult. In his book Happy Yoga, Steve asks ‘how embarrassing it is’ when you have meditated in a cave for 10 years, then completely lose it when you come out and find yourself in a traffic jam!
Spirituality for Every Day is a lovely little book of tips and quotes, to embrace your spiritual side, and help you on your journey to a more positive and peaceful life. For many, spirituality is a difficult concept to grasp. But the good news is that anyone can understand and cultivate it. Whether you are new to spirituality (or need extra inspiration), you’ll find all you need to get started in this book. Within these pages, you’ll discover what spirituality is and how it can enhance your life:
- Meditation for mindful living
- Sensory activities for a deep connection to nature
- Gratitude for a happier mindset
- Daily positive mantras, for better self-acceptance
From discovering your inner zen to learning how to chant, the tips and philosophies in this book will help you find serenity, and look at the world with a new sense of wonder. Open your heart, feel at peace – and let this little guide show you how to find calm and tranquillity.
Ideas to Help You Find Inner Peace
Be careful of putting ‘finding inner peace’ on yet another list of to-dos. In this modern society, it’s tempting to think that you have to take a course or buy something to find inner peace. But of course, you don’t. In fact, moving away from the ‘manifesting the ideal life’ is often the first step. Again in his book, Steve Ross writes of a yoga student who would approach him after every class with a list of what ailed her: she did not have the boyfriend, the job, the car, the apartment. He writes that it was a good job she took a breath, as she talked so much!
A few months into yoga and meditation classes, the woman began to calm down. One day she asked Steve ‘Why am I so happy? I still don’t have what I want?’ Of course, the answer was that she had stopped ‘wanting’. And of course, when that happened – life started chasing her. She got the man, the car, the apartment and the job. Apparently she is now a well-known actress, though Steve does not reveal who?
Read this post at Calm Down Mind, by a very wise man, who basically says that the way to ‘manifest’ things is to be calm, so the right things naturally come to you. Books like The Secret are not as simplistic as ‘manifest what you want’. But the author was right when she wrote ‘Be peace, attract peace’. For the most part (away from wars, karma etc), the calmer and happier you are, the more likely you attract good things (magnets don’t attract like with like, but then we are not magnets, we are humans). Common sense suggests that if someone smiles at you, you will smile back at them. If someone smacks you in the face, you won’t smile back at them. One reader asks ‘So if I want things to happen, do I just relax and wait for them to happen – or am I just being lazy?’ Sen replies, ‘No, that’s just how it works’.
- Learn to say no, when appropriate.
- Do things that relax you. If that’s yoga, great. If this doesn’t appeal, go for a walk or sail a boat.
- Enjoy some quiet time. Get to know and like yourself.
- Nourish your body, with proper food and exercise.
- Turn off the TV, as there’s nothing good on. Stop watching the news.
- Read books that resonate with your spiritual beliefs.
- Slow down and tidy up your house (and mind).
- Take time off. Years ago, most people had Sundays off.
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Find Your Peace is a set of mindfulness exercises to bring a heightened awareness and greater calm to your everyday life. Exercises help you to master mindfulness basics, and build daily routines. Explore mindfulness and the body, and learn techniques to cope with challenges.