Our culture has always looked at well-being from the outside in. We tend to look at what makes us sick and we try to control those factors. We consider viruses, bacteria and an unhealthy lifestyle the causes of disease.
As much as healthy habits keep us fit and strong, and are preventative measures against many illnesses and age-related diseases, we must not neglect our inner environment. It is something very powerful that is within our control.
Inner peace and calm lead to happiness, with less daily stress and anxiety. Less stress has a positive effect on our immune and nervous systems, and we are able to deal with challenges more easily and in constructive ways. This includes fending off viruses and bacteria, as well as healing physical and emotional wounds.
What is inner peace?
Inner peace may have a different meaning for different people, however, in broad terms it simply means that you truly know yourself and that you operate from an authentic place, independent of outside influence and circumstance. When you have inner peace, you become unattached to specific outcomes and you take things less seriously. In short, you are just more happy and the stress of life does not affect you as much.
It is something we all can strive for and something worth working on.
How to find inner peace
There are many practises that can help us get in touch with our inner world. Here are a few suggestions that can help calm a busy brain and assist with relaxation;
- Thai chi
There are also strategies we can use to simplify our lives, and to find balance and perspective. Some strategies include;
- De-clutter your space
- Spend time in nature
- Disconnect from tech regularly
- Resolve issues as soon as you can
- Consider what you are grateful for on a daily basis
There is no method or combination that works best. It is up to each individual to explore and find what works for them.
By focusing on ourselves and our inner world, our outer world is much easier to manage. We become stronger and more resilient. We naturally make decisions that are in our best interest, as well as that of other people and the planet. Let’s start on the inside.