How Do You Say Hello to Inner Peace?
Good question. To say hello to inner peace you must rid yourself of the inner deafening noise. How? Through the twin powers of Gratitude and Being Present.
Gratitude as a Way to Inner Peace
First, let’s take on gratitude. There is one person you are almost never grateful to. You have ignored her efforts, minimized her triumphs and magnified her failures. Plus, you have criticized and mentally attacked her relentlessly, destroying her inner peace. And finally, you have overlooked and banished her most pressing questions and issues, and second-guessed her decisions.
That person is you.
You would never talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself. Doubting, questioning, critiquing, minimizing. I could go on and on about what you do to yourself. Wallowing in self-pity, resentment, and bitterness from the past while harboring fears for the future. We all have an inner critic who has perfected negative self-talk, a dark way of thinking that turns on us.
Yet, we all say that what we want most of all is to be happy and have inner peace. And to be free from that inner critic. But at times the state of inner peace seems impossible to achieve for longer than a few fleeting moments.
But I’ve Tried a lot of Methods…
Yes you have. We try yoga, prayer, meditation, self-help workshops and yet the gains we get in terms of our inner peace and serenity seem fleeting. As if on a looped tape, regrets about the past and fears for the future come back to run us ragged. Our minds can get hopelessly stuck on a negative groove that causes suffering. Great suffering.
In the face of all the sewage of ain’t-it-awful self-talk with its resultant stress and anxiety, we need a big-time force to help us on a daily basis. Something powerful enough to allow us to handle the sharp thorns of life with acceptance, right action, and yes inner peace. We need something powerful enough to help us to enjoy the many (yes, many!) roses strewn our way.
The Spiritual Path to Inner Peace
Yet, there is “something” that has worked to alleviate suffering and create inner peace for thousands of years. It is the willingness to be open to the spiritual dimension. Or put another way you have to recognize that:
“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The attitude that I try to take daily is that although I am housed in a body I am really made of spirit….