Inner Peace: How to find inner peace?

A heartfelt thank you for responding to my mini survey question last week! I especially appreciate the comments on my blog. Mwwaaah! If you missed the last post, visit HERE (and be sure to answer the survey question!)

It turns out 36% of those surveyed don’t know where to find inner peace within themselves, and 64% do — that part is fabulous!!! I know LOTS of you have done LOTS of personal and spiritual growth work, so not too surprising the majority has access to inner peace — even if not 24/7.

My guess is, if we offered this survey to the general public, we’d see a MUCH larger percentage of people struggling to find inner peace.

Regardless, I’d love to help the 36% really “get” where their inner peace headquarters is. So, if that’s you — don’t worry, help is on the way.

If you already know where to find inner peace within yourself… I’d love your help. If you could CLICK HERE and scroll to the comments section on my blog and share one of your sure-fire ways to find inner peace. We can all learn from each other.

And, it could really make the difference in even one more person finding inner peace for themselves.

So, how do you find inner peace?

Describing the answer to this question, is a little like describing “how to fall asleep.” We can do certain things to make it conducive to fall asleep, like relaxing, stretching or reading. But in the end, the mind has to let go enough to allow the sleeping brainwaves to kick in. There is a moment of surrender. And we go unconscious for a delicious and rejuvenating sleep. Voila!

In the same way, tips on finding inner peace, are simply pointers or helpful hints. We can do certain things to make it easier to find inner peace, but ultimately, each person discovers an experience of inner peace for themselves.

Plus, it’s important to recognize, that inner peace can range in intensity.

Not all moments of inner peace are the grand, all-encompassing, euphoric kind… where you feel you’re floating on a cloud and everything you see and experience is pure bliss and perfection. I love this kind of inner peace, but this isn’t the only flavor of inner peace. And honestly, it’s not the most common. (But, we’ll talk about how to have MORE of these moments in other posts.)

Everyday experiences of inner peace are simple. They are so simple, you may be having moments of inner peace, and not realizing it because you’re looking for something more spectacular or permanent.

Inner peace naturally arises while gazing into the eyes of loved one, during a sunset, relaxing on vacation or chilling at the end of the day with a furry friend.

Essentially, inner peace arises in moments we’re not resisting what is.

Ready for a few pointers to help you find inner peace for yourself?

My 3 favorite ways to find inner peace.

We can find inner peace when we allow ourselves to drop squarely in the present moment, shift our attention to the part of us that is “aware,” or relax into a state of gratitude.

We can also find inner peace in moments where we’re not fixated on thought. Are you familiar with the Work of Byron Katie and the question, “Who would you be without the thought?” The only way to answer that question IS to momentarily let go of the stressful thought. That “letting go of thought” space people describe as “inner peace.” When someone does a lot of Katie’s process of Inquiry, it’s easy to stumble into a pretty sweet place of inner peace. (That what happened to me!)

The absence of thought is peace.

Love also elicits inner peace. The first time I discovered I could generate feelings of self-love for myself, I was blissed out 🙂 That blissful place is another flavor of inner peace.

When love is alive, there is no resistance. When there is no resistance, there is inner peace.

When you love yourself in an otherwise stressful moment, you can create space for inner peace to arise.

All of these strategies take practice. So, if you’ve tried “getting present” or “self-love” and still find your mind flooding with stressful thoughts — don’t assume you can’t do it.

Is ONE thought sabotaging your inner peace?

If you’re struggling to find your own inner peace headquarters there MAY be one or more thoughts keeping you from recognizing inner peace when it is peering over your shoulder.

Do you believe…?
“I don’t know how to find inner peace” or
“I don’t have inner peace” or
“I’ll never have inner peace” or
“There’s something wrong with me” or ???

If you’re buying into one of those thoughts, or something similar, it may be almost impossible to find inner peace.

But, the reality is… “EVERYONE can experience inner peace.” And, that includes you.

As I’ve said before, “We’ve all had moments of inner peace.” More likely, LOTS of moments of inner peace! That means you’re capable of inner peace.

Just because you can’t find inner peace in SOME moments, maybe even many moments — it doesn’t mean you can’t find inner peace. It just means you don’t know how to find inner peace in those moments.

There are lots of strategies to master finding inner peace in any moment. And, I’ll be writing a lot about these strategies.

There have been LOTS and LOTS of moments, especially this past year where I’ve struggled to find my peace. Sleep deprivation. Being housebound for weeks and months on end. Listening to babies crying or fussing.

We’re ALL going to have moments — even minutes, hours or days — where inner peace seems like some idyllic concept.

But, if you’ve experienced inner peace in any moment — then you have the capability. Start practicing “being present,” dropping into “awareness” or focusing on “gratitude.”

Or simply recall moments where inner peace was alive — during a vacation, sunset or magic moment.

My guess is — when you recall an inner peace moment, you’ll see — you were really present, very aware and likely in gratitude.

See what you discover for yourself.

If you missed participating in last week’s mini-survey, here’s another chance. (Unless your answer has changed… you don’t need to answer it again.)

Do you know where to find inner peace within yourself?
—> Share Your Answer HERE

Over the coming week, I’d like to invite you to notice the places where it’s easy for you to drop into inner peace. It MAY be occurring more often than you think! And please share your experiences on my blog.

Until the next time.

Here’s to your inner peace,

Mary

PS: I’d LOVE your comments, add to the conversation below!

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  • Pat

    I drop into the Divine Presence – easy to do when you’ve received Divine Attunements, which I have and which I give.

    Just be present there for awhile and it feels lovely.

    Just being in your heart space is great, too!

  • Thank you Pat! What does it mean to drop into the Divine Presence? Can you tell us more?

  • Anna L

    Dear Mary,

    One of the ways to find inner peace is to read the 12 part course you send recently- for me it was a source of real healing and many of your thoughts included there help me all the time to achieve inner peace.
    THANKS A LOT, IT WAS AMAZING!

    And my other ways are:
    – being in nature every day (15 minutes creates miracles)
    – sport
    – listening to other people with full attention- it is impossible to listen carefully and to think stressful thoughts at the same time

    All the best for you Mary- you are a wonderful coach 🙂

    • Anna,
      Way to put the 12 lessons in The Power of Inner Choice to work! I like to refer to those lessons as 12 paths to inner peace. SOOOOOOOOOOO delighted it was a source of real healing for you! I appreciate your kind words :-)) Thanks for sharing your ways to find inner peace, including listening to others with full attention… such a beautiful gift to give others and yourself!

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