Make Room For Peace: Practical Steps to Bring Inner Peace Into Your Life
If we will not guard our minds and our hearts, we will live in a constant state of fear or worry. The world offers us a lot of things to worry about: pandemic, the future, what to eat, what to wear, how people perceive you, sickness, your long to-dos and even goals, and the list could go on forever! Good thing, there are simple techniques that can help us exchange worry and fear for peace. Here are some of them:
Slow down and meditate
It can be hard to take some time off with all the responsibilities that come our way. But trust us, you will feel a lot better and accomplish more if you take regular breaks and practise some meditation techniques. Don’t worry, you don’t have to take long breaks, a quiet 15-minute relaxation time will do!
To start off, set a regular time everyday where you can relax and process your day without distraction. You don’t have to commit to an hour of meditation if you won’t be able to stick to it. Start small and build up. Then, you may follow a meditation guide to help you through. For starters, you may opt to just sit comfortably and feel your breath and observe your senses. This will help you calm your body and be more present.
Limit your online consumption
We live in a world where almost everyone and everything’s online. While this brings a lot of benefits especially during pandemic, being constantly on screen can also cause some amount of anxiety and worry. Try to take a screen break every now and then.
Aside from limiting your online consumption, you may also want to set boundaries and stay away from commitments that don’t really matter for you. For example, if a certain social gathering leaves you feeling drained after, remember that you can politely say no next time.
Relationship strains or unforgiveness can disturb our peace. So make sure to take off the baggage of unforgiveness. Stop hurting yourself for the mistakes of others and train yourself to forgive and let go of the negativity that keeps you from living your life to the fullest.
See problems for what they really are
Many times, we create unnecessary stress by overthinking a simple problem and thinking of unrealistic scenarios on how it can ruin your future. Before you panic over a seemingly terrible situation, breathe and focus on the present. Remember that you got this and the problem at hand won’t even matter in 5 years.
In the scriptures, Jesus said that no one has added a single hour in the span of his life by worrying. So don’t magnify the problem and consider this passage from Matthew 6:25-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”