In the last article, ‘Where’s Your Inner Peace?’ (link to article), we discussed the meaning and importance of having and maintaining your inner peace. I hope you’ve been practicing your daily dump truck mindset in order to help you dispose of all of the baggage and negativity that may have been weighing you down.
So, you may be wondering, “how do I achieve inner peace?”. Things that may work for me, may not necessarily do the same for you. But, here are a few things that I have tried and hopefully you may find them useful.
1.Prayer and Meditation– The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), but as people our minds are constantly distracted making constant prayer a hard task. However, pray as much as you can. Whether you’re walking to your car, washing dishes, or during a commercial break, make it a habit to spend a little time just saying “Thank You”. A little prayer can go a long way. When you spend more time focusing on all that God has done for you, the things that you don’t have suddenly become insignificant.
2. Find a hobby– Hobbies have a way of distracting our minds, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. If you can pick up a hobby that allows room for improvement, that would be even better for you. Playing an instrument, sewing, writing, or arts and craft projects (if you enjoy them) will have you looking forward to getting better and better at the activity.
3. Exercise– Similar to a hobby, exercise decreases stress by releasing endorphins . Endorphins are the “brains feel-good neurotransmitters”. They are the cause of the improved mood you feel after a good workout.
4. Let GO– Even after doing all of the things that you could possibly think of to find your inner peace, none of it will work if you do not learn to let go. A favorite quote of mine is, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. What good is it serving you to hold onto every wrong that people have done towards you? Yes, it may have hurt. Yes, it may have been hard on you. But, do something for me… Place your right hand over the left side of your chest… That’s your heartbeat and it signifies that you are still here. Anything in life that does not kill us, only makes us stronger.
I hope that this has helped you in any way that you may have needed in discovering and holding onto your inner peace.
Until next time, LOVE.