3 Things That Happen When You Have Inner Peace
by Amanda Johnson
How many times have you heard a child share a dream for world peace? Or read an article on achieving peace between war-torn countries? Or felt a sense of hopelessness when watching the news?
This dream for world peace can sometimes feel like an unattainable goal, and rightly so. How can we expect the world to do what we resist doing ourselves?
“So, what am I to do?” you might ask.
Well, we must first end the internal war with ourselves and with those around us before we can expect the entire world to follow suit.
By doing this, you will notice three things begin to happen that make “world peace” much more attainable.
I am a dreamer. I also don’t like conflict. So, the dream of world peace is one that I have had for a very, very long time. History upsets me. The news discourages me. And, I began to wonder if there was any hope anymore.
Then I started to focus on what I can control — my personal peace — and took steps towards that in my life. The result? The world got a little brighter and my faith was renewed.
What might happen if each of us learn how to be at peace with the woman in line at the grocery store who has more than 10 items in the express lane or with the driver who cut you off or with the feeling of loneliness or with what your life situation happens to be in this very moment?
The world begins to look very different when we have inner peace.
“And, how do I go about having inner peace?” you might wonder.
By not judging, resisting or attaching to what is but simply letting it be. When we do this, three things happen:
We become more compassionate and grateful for our differences.
When we bring a non-judgmental awareness to our own and others’ emotions and actions, we begin to recognize that there is more common ground than first suspected — we all want to end our own suffering — and every exchange with another human is an opportunity, not a threat.
We create space from which to respond rather than react.
When we accept what is, we can mindfully respond from a fully grounded, open place without projecting any expectations on the situation or person involved.
We quiet the ego.
When we are not attached to how things “are” or “should be,” we remove personal attachment to ideologies, beliefs and stories we have told ourselves that often cause conflict.
What if we all spent as much time and energy on our inner peace as we do on demanding peace among others?
I suspect peace between neighbors, tribes and countries would be a lot easier to achieve if we were all at peace with ourselves first.
“The peace we seek in the world is first found within.” ~ Harold W. Becker
What is one thing you can do in the next 30 days to have more peace in your life?
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Amanda realized that when she resisted, judged or attached to “what is” she suffered. So, she made a choice to transform her experience of life and wants to help others do the same.
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Thanks for sharing this excellent advice. What did Simon and Garfunkel tell us “slow down, you move to fast…” You have a prescribed an excellent way to do this.
Thank you for your comment! That’s a great quote and reminder to us all — it is all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all and forget that each and every moment is precious and just what it is supposed to be.
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Benefits of inner peace!!
Thank you for sharing and helping spread the peace! Sincerely appreciate the support.
You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by …. it’s really appreciated!!
always …. 🙂
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Some wisdom on inner peace, by Amanda Johnson, via Kindness Blog.
Thank you for sharing this message and helping spread the peace!
Thank you for posting this article. I have been practicing meditation also to help with achieving inner peace. I’m not great at it yet, but I’m working on it! 🙂
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You are so very welcome — it’s my privilege! Meditation is such a great tool to quiet the mind and the ego, and really connect with our mind, body and emotions in each moment. Thank you for your comment and keep on working — it’s a life-long journey!
When we accept what is, we can mindfully respond from a fully grounded, open place without projecting any expectations on the situation or person involved. — I’ve come to terms with this statement a long time ago and found peace. However every now and then it’s refreshing to received this as a reminder. Thanks Amanda!!
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You’re so very welcome! So glad to hear how so many others have already found this so beneficial in their life and an avenue to finding peace. Thanks for the comment!