In this article we are going explore strategies to enable you to integrate more peace into your life. It seems that we are always rushing from one job to the next and never giving ourselves enough time to stop and experience the still peaceful place that does exist within.
Many of us may have the misconception that we can only experience peace through inaction. However, as soon as we create the intention of bringing peace into our daily activities, then our experience of the day, including doing some of those mundane chores can become very different.
One of the practices that I learnt when spending time in an ashram or meditation centre, was the principle of ‘meditation in action’. I used to find it very difficult to still my mind during the long morning meditations, but as soon as I was invited to help with the daily chores, my mind would become very focused, peaceful and still.
So whether I was polishing the brass, cleaning the bathrooms or raking up the leaves in the garden, my mind became very still. Sometimes I would use those tasks as an opportunity to reflect. One of the jobs I loved most was helping a wonderful Indian lady, Roshan, in the kitchen. As we chopped the vegetables, stirred the dhal, weighed out the rice or served the food, we were encouraged to keep our minds very still and focused. The peace and love we experienced inside as we were cooking, was, no doubt, transferred to the food, which always tasted delicious.
I cannot pretend that I am able to do this all the time in my normal daily life. However, when I do set out the intention to stay centred and focused on the task in hand, it becomes much easier to experience the sense of peace and stillness within, even in the middle of what may be an exceptionally busy day.
Peace in Action
You may like to experiment and choose to create a peaceful mindset as you do your filing, pay your bills, or wash up. One way that helps me to experience peace in action is to focus on my breathing, repeating a phrase with each breath. Some phrases that may be helpful are: “peace within”, “peace and joy” or “I am that”. So find the phrase or words that work for you.
Feelings of peace can also arise from being totally absorbed in an activity you enjoy, like gardening, writing, painting or yoga. You can also stop for a moment and look at a flower, a beautiful picture, or the clouds scurrying across the sky, or listen to the wind in the trees. The key is to remember that we can experience, peace, right in this moment.
Another simple way to connect to the calm and peaceful place within is to imagine yourself in a beautiful, peaceful environment. Maybe it’s watching a sunset, or sitting in a beautiful garden, or walking along the bank of a river and watching the water flowing past, or standing on a beach watching the waves breaking gently on the shore.
In order to connect even more powerfully to the energy of that place, it is very helpful to not only visualise and see the colours, the shapes and the beauty around you, but also to use all of your senses; hear the sounds, feel the gentle breeze in your hair, smell the fragrance of the flowers, or taste the salt on your lips. The more senses you use to imagine these environments, the more powerfully, you can connect to the feelings energetically.
So why don’t you stop right now, and take a deep breath and breathe out slowly. Now allow yourself to create that peaceful image, whichever image works best for you, and use all your senses to enable you to fully experience that peace. You can use this image of a peaceful place as an anchor to help you to connect to those feelings of peace whenever you wish. The more you use the anchor the more powerful it can become. So use it often!
You may also wish to create a more peaceful working environment. So spend a few minutes, right now and write down a list of a few simple ways that you could create more peace in your environment; maybe in your treatment room or at home.
A few simple ideas that you may wish to consider are:
- Clear your desk
- Have some fresh flowers in the room
- Place a picture on the wall, or a postcard on your desk that reminds you of peace
- Light a candle
- Peaceful background music
Clear out some old books from your bookshelf to create some space on the shelves – for new books in the future, or objects that you enjoy.
4 Suggested Strategies for Inner Peace
- Peace in action
Find ways in which you can experience more peace while carrying out some of the regular, daily tasks in a mindful way, possibly repeating a phrase silently to yourself, such as ‘I am that’ or ‘peace within’.
- Peace in the moment
Stop and allow yourself to spend a few moments looking at a beautiful flower or picture, the trees blowing in the wind, spend a few minutes stroking your cat; enjoy the moment.
- Peaceful image
Create an image of a peaceful place, using all your senses: sight, sounds, touch, smells (or fragrances!). Use this image as an anchor whenever you wish to find that experience of space within.
- Peaceful environment
Look around your home or your treatment room and make a few simple changes to enable it to become more peaceful.
Through starting to clear these patterns it becomes easier to set clear boundaries in all areas of your personal and professional life. By creating a nurturing and balanced life we can continue to give to our clients without becoming depleted.