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How to Promote Peace Within Yourself

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September 21st, was a day dedicated to peace.

Peace of all sorts, from ceasefires in war torn areas of the world to making nice with that neighbor whose plants always seem to creep over into your yard.

Peace is something that the world could use a lot more of, at least in my opinion. Not just for war torn countries or impoverished places, but inner peace as well.

Often we can get so caught up in looking at the big picture that we forget we’re a part of it, especially in an age where information about things happening on the other side of the globe can get to your computer in 0.0001 seconds.

Lets extend the message behind the International Day of Peace for not just one day, but for the whole year.

Here are some simple ways you can promote inner peace in your daily life!

If you need a little peace inspo here’s a link the the 48-hr Peace Cast, a video montage designed to promote peace and growth!


How do I promote peace within myself?

Well, there are several ways to go about this, lifehack.org cautions its readers to remember not to accept an invitation to every fight or piece of chaos that could enter their lives.

You control what enters and exits your life at the end of the day.

Another helpful tip is to focus on your breathing for 5 minutes everyday. (Hint, hint this is the most basic form of mindfulness meditation!)

Focusing on your breathing allows you to take stock, number one, of the physical things that are happening within your body (heart rate, breathing, how your body feels, what is sore, etc…) and within your mind.

Often you’ll find that it is hard to simply focus on your breath without thinking of anything else, and that’s okay!

The key with mindfulness meditation is that you don’t hastily try to redirect your thoughts, allow yourself to gently return to focusing on your breathing and take note of what distracted you.


Got Peace?

We all live busy and stressful lives, very few things are simple, which, that’s just the nature of life.

However, there are certain things and environments that can inspire peace and tranquility within all of us, I felt a true sense of calm and well-being come over me when I flipped through this album of photos from World Peace Day!

I have been experiencing some interesting symptoms since beginning my search for inner peace, which I think this blog post pretty much nails:

1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

3. A loss of interest in judging self.

4. A loss of interest in judging others.

5. A loss of interest in conflict.

6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

7. A loss of ability to worry (this is a very serious symptom).

8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.

11. Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

12. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen.

Putting aside a little bit of time per day to foster a sense of inner peace has some pretty amazing effects, not just for yourself, but for the people in your life who you care about.

So, let’s celebrate the International Day of Peace, not just for a day, but for the whole year.


Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
— Wayne W. Dyer

For more inner peace quotes to inspire you, here’s a blog with quite a few gems!

If you want to start your journey towards inner peace and tranquility within yourself check out some of the services I provide!

From my home studio in Tampa Bay I offer yoga and meditation classes (both personal and corporate), as well as workshops for MBSR.

If you’re not in the Tampa Bay area I have several online classes available through Zoom Meeting.

Be sure to follow me @lotusheartmindfulness on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more mindfulness inspiration!


How to Find Inner Peace with Meditation

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Many people tell me that they think they should meditate because they want to be more calm…to become more peaceful.

I think peacefulness is a great thing to aspire to…it really is! I believe that world peace begins with the individual…it starts with you + me.

But that STRIVING tho….

What kind of toll does it take on yourself to be constantly striving to be something else? The constant WANTING for things to be different than they are? I think it can take quite a toll. You aren’t broken. This stress, and lack of inner peace that you might be experiencing is simply something to be noticed.

So, how to become more peaceful…

Start with mindful meditation, of course.

While meditating, try bringing awareness to your body. Sometimes stress or anxiety can manifest as different bodily sensations…tight shoulders, tightness in the chest or abdomen. By paying attention to the different sensations, you can observe how they can change over time. it’s possible to become intimately aware of the way body sensations can fluctuate. Bring a kind, non-judgmental awareness to whatever is present for you during your meditation, and pay attention to what happens.

By observing your body as it is in the present moment, you aren’t “inhaling the good shit and exhaling the bullshit”…you are sitting with the bullshit for a little while…just watching it do it’s thing…without judging it, or wanting it to change…but watching how it impacts your body.

This, I believe is the beginning to becoming more peaceful. Being ok with what is there in your body/mind can bring a sense of peace without even trying.

What does peace mean to you?