“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Our daily lives can be busy, hectic and sometimes overwhelming. Sometimes, it may feel like bringing just a little more inner peace and calmness into your life is just not possible. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Small and smart changes can bring in both small and bigger rewards over time.
So, here are a few tips for finding more peace and calmness in everyday life.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simplicity and straightforwardness contribute to inner peace, because simplifying things allows you to direct your energy and effort into one single point. Get rid of everything that holds you back – including acquaintances and friends who may only drain you while giving you nothing in return. Throw out or give away everything that you don’t really need. Keep it simple, and try and stay focused on the tasks that matter.
TRY TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT
The only time that truly exists is the present. Hence, you should not stress yourself by pondering over things that have happened in the past. Or by the unpredictable future, which is in fact nothing more than your fantasy. So, focus on the present. Give your best to it, and simply live. Don’t let the real, present moment go by because you live in the past or in the future.
Stop and think about how fortunate you really are. Try to think about all the things you have – and I'm sure you will come up with plenty of things. At times, your worst enemy. Remember that even if you get what you hope for at this instant, your mind will very soon find some new object of desire. Expressing gratitude for what you already have or achieved, even for the simplest things we otherwise take for granted, will lead to inner peace and calm.
SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT IS WEIGHING DOWN ON YOU
Try not to procrastinate. Solve your problem and release all the underlying stress and tension that it is creating in your life. You probably already know what to do, you are just not doing it yet. But the longer you wait, the worse the situation becomes.
REMEMBER THAT EVERYTHING WILL PASS
Nothing is forever, so it is quite unnecessary to wage little personal wars with people you happen to dislike, or to give into sorrow over a break-up. Time will heal even the deepest wounds, but it will work faster if you leave them alone. So, quite often, the best option is to simply let time resolve the problem.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Be patient and try to enjoy your life. Everything will happen when the time is right. Whenever you remember something bad that happened to you, try to think of what good it also gave you. If this bad experience didn’t happen, how much different would you be from your current self? Try to appreciate small things in life – be it good or bad. And above all, take your time.
FINISH WHAT YOU START
Close the circle. Your unfinished business is a heavy burden for your present consciousness and peace. Try to notice just how often they pop-up at the back of your mind, leading to anxiety and dragging you down. If there is a thing that you started but don’t want to finish, take your time to think deeply about it and make a final check-line next to it, mentally. Then be sure to never go back to it again.