It’s Possible To Find Inner Peace
Peace can be elusive. Sometimes it feels as though you’ve found it, but it slips right out of your hand. When that happens, you might question whether you’ve ever really found it in the first place. As we talk about how to find inner peace, check out the mini-story below. See if you can spot where Ally seems to find peace and when it slips out of her hands.
***** Sweat rolls down Ally’s temples as she finishes her workout for the day. Her thighs burn as she strains to breathe. Her parched mouth screams for water. But Ally sets her jaw and cranks out the last ten squats out of two hundred.
Catching her breath, she feels tired but pretty good. She walks over to the mirror and turns to check out her profile. As Ally runs her hand over her abs, she eyes the remaining muffin top spilling over her yoga pants. She pinches the bulging fat. Too squishy.
What will it take to lose the rest of this belly fat?! She’s already working out four days a week, staying away from refined carbs and all types of sugar, and doing her best to stick with eating whole organic foods. That’s quite a feat for this free spirit, who’s never stuck to any sort of regulations or routine. It pays though. She’s lost 10 pounds in 2 months!
“But why is this fat still clinging to me?” Ally mutters, clenching her jaw. Getting up to four days of exercise per week was hard work! And keeping it up takes serious willpower. She’s never come this far in any previous diet and exercise attempts she’s made before! Some weeks are so busy that she hustles to squeeze in two workout days for the week. Ally exhales sharply. What will it take to get that gorgeous six-pack? *****
Many teachers and coaches will tell you that you can search for peace within yourself or that you have the answers you need within yourself. With your cooperation, they might lead you through a process where they help draw out the wisdom that is within you, saying the answers you seek can be found if you listen to your intuition.
There’s some truth to these statements, but it is not complete on how to find inner peace. Truth that is incomplete deserves another taking-look-at. We each possess and contribute to a piece of the puzzle called life. And because life is complex, we don’t just have a cookie cutter answer to any problem.
If you are committed to growing, then growth you will see, although not always growth the way you might have envisioned it. Maybe we think we’ll arrive at an amazing destination; instead we end up in a place unexpected. Such is the way God works sometimes and that’s why we find him mysteriously loving, because the place we end up is even better than the place we envisioned.
During winter break of 2015, I had big plans to finish a core set of articles for re-launching my website to be a place where women can learn practical tools for maintaining health and emotional fitness. I had planned to balance work time with fun family activities with the kids at home. On the side, I wanted to introduce some entrepreneurial concepts to my daughter by designing and making cards that we would sell together. But then, among the holiday hustle bustle, one thing after another came in and crowded out those initial noble goals. First I lost my voice to laryngitis. Next came bronchitis to wake me up at least 3 times every night for over a week.
On top of this, I discovered during the week around Christmas, every day about twice a day, someone in Europe was trying to hack into my website. In the midst of these circumstances how does one stay calm? Are there steps on how to find inner peace? Is there a formula?
As it turns out, inner peace, as its name suggests, does come from within. But it doesn’t only come from within. In other words, its source is not your own self or your own heart. True, we humans have made significant advances in life – technology, science, humanity, arts, government, music, entertainment. Wouldn’t you say we are quite intelligent? But here’s the thing: if we rely on our intelligence alone, peace continues to be a dangling carrot. Why are there still wars and anger and violence and crimes too heinous to mention? Why are there “smaller wrongs” that still affect the psyche of every intelligent human being, who, for the life of them, cannot just reason their problems away? Where is that inner peace everybody covets?
In this article, we’ll cover the rosy way on how to find inner peace. Then we’ll take a look at the way it actually happens, in the hopes that you’ll find a fuller picture to the truth behind searching for peace within yourself.
Three-step rosy way on how to find inner peace:
- Find a quiet place to be alone, preferably for 15-20 minutes.
- Take a deep breath and relax. Feel the tension leave your body as you think about each area that is holding tension.
- Think positive thoughts such as “I am feeling peaceful.”
I’m not saying this way doesn’t work. In fact, when I was really struggling to be still and quiet, due to a season of depression, the kinds of techniques that helped me are what you see above. They have to do with physically orienting my body to receive inner healing.
What I am saying is that the source of peace is greater than ourselves. If we humans can easily succumb to feeling jealous of our friend or sister, coveting our neighbor’s house or spouse, then we could just as easily succumb to war. War is a larger scale of problems and issues that have not been solved at a familial level. At the same time, humans also have an incredible capacity to love and do good things. To be loving and to be lovable.
It’s just that some contamination had been introduced into the DNA of humans, and we’ve been marked with a flaw that researchers and other specialists have been trying to understand. Even science fiction attempts to paint a lovelier picture of humans by placing them in different worlds and assigning them perfect DNA. At a core level, deep within our psyche, we know we are flawed.
The way on how to find inner peace is to accept that we are flawed, admit that we have missed the mark of our potential for perfection, and graft the perfect peace promised by a power far greater than ourselves. This higher power, some call the universe, some call energy, I call my Father in heaven. He loves me greater than any man I know.
Somehow that gives me inner peace. It connects me to my childhood dreams of finding Prince Charming, that Cinderella story of a man solving all my problems and erasing the pain of my existence. No human man can do that, but I have found that my heavenly Father can and does, when I let him.
How to find inner peace? How it actually happens can start with a 3 step formula, but must be completed with connecting your inmost dreams with a higher power greater than you, whose thoughts are wise beyond what your mind and my mind can fathom.
No matter how smart or intelligent we are, our own strength will fail us at some point. Lean into and trust the power of the God-man who came to earth to hurt and bleed for us, who loves us so much he would sacrifice all that he is for us, and flat out die so a rebirth could occur. This to me is ultimate true love. The potential for world peace starts with each human finding inner peace. How to find inner peace starts with a source outside themselves that is not their circumstances, that doesn’t change with the wind.
Are you struggling with how to find inner peace in your own life? Give yourself a free 15-minute exploration session to see how you can discover the answers you need to move forward.