Inner peace is such a fragile thing. Like fine china, it doesn't take much to shatter it, but when it's taken care of it will last for a lifetime.
Unless of course, you lose or misplace it along the way.
It's very easy to lose your inner peace. We are continually bombarded with distractions that stress us out and batter the walls of our peace-loving inner selves. If you've ever suffered from stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure or heart disease you know how important having that peaceful place inside of you is. But it's not just about keeping your blood pressure down or the heart attacks at bay....
Inner peace is important to everyone, not just those who use it to deal with illnesses. The ability to take a deep breath and draw on your own inner peace is an essential part of dealing with the stress that comes your way every day. Ironic, isn't it, that the things that threaten to destroy it are the very things you rely on your inner peace to help you deal with.
So... What are these saboteurs of inner peace, and what can we do about them?
1. Feeling Anger or Resentment
A lot of negative energy and stress can be attributed to holding on to feelings of anger and/or resentment. When you're angry you are definitely not feeling peaceful, so it's best to find a way to let these feelings go. (Yes, I know it's easier said than done.)
2. Resisting Change and Other Challenges
If we spend all our energy resisting the changes and other challenges that are a part of life, we pay for that resistance by losing our sense of inner peace.
Finding a way to work with the change, looking for the positive feelings you can take out of it will go a long way toward re-establishing the peace that fighting the situation has destroyed.
3. Beating Yourself Up
Whether we notice we're doing it or not, there are a lot of times when we expect way too much from ourselves. Expecting yourself to always be perfect and to never make a mistake is a sure way to erode any inner peace you might have had. As you learn to accept yourself, mistakes and all, your sense of peace and inner calm will return.
4. Regretting Things You Can't Change
This goes somewhat hand in hand with beating yourself up. You can't go back and change the past, so worrying about what's already done is another way that you sabotage your sense of inner peace.
5. Giving In To Fear
Fear is another one of those insidious villains that steals our sense of peace. Whether it's a fear of tangible things like heights and spiders, or a fear of intangible things like failure or success, giving in to fear will eventually rob you of every shred of inner peace you have.
The only way around this is to work at and eventually overcome your fears, or accept that there are always things you will be afraid of and find a way to live with that.
With all of these negative influences on our lives, you may be wondering how anyone could achieve inner peace. The good thing is that once you become aware of what is stealing yoru sense of peace, you can work on eliminating those negative influences from your life.
As well, there are many ways you can go about introducing a sense of peace back into your life. These include using meditation, doing deep breathing exercises when you start to feel stressed, listening to music, or getting outside for a break to recharge.
The biggest thing to remember when it comes to regaining your inner peace, is to make time for yourself. Adding "me time" to your self-care routine is a great way to ensure that your own sense of inner peace stays filled, ready for you to draw on when needed.
So... What's sabotaging your inner peace, and how do you deal with it? Join in the discussion and leave a comment here.