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How to Promote Peace Within Yourself


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!

Monthly Must-Haves: Incense and the Basics

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We live in a very wealth-driven society in which things=success.

While that can ultimately become a VERY unhealthy drive, having high quality goods isn’t always a bad thing.

I’m always on the lookout for products that support makers or artists, are eco conscious, or are just really well-made for myself, for my husband… even for the dogs!!

I’ve found so many things in fact that I’ve decided to introduce a new monthly segment of my blogMONTHLY MUST-HAVES!!!

That’s not to say every product in here is something you need to buy in order to practice mindful meditation, yoga, or anything really, but they’ve been particularly helpful for me.

Since this is my first month doing this I’ll start with the basics, with a fun item included, so you can find out what I use for my yoga and meditation essentials.

What’s in my yoga bag?

  • Manduka PRO Yoga Mat

    • Pros

      • I absolutely LOVE my Manduka PRO Yoga Mat, I’ve had it for ten years but you would never know it!

      • It’s durable, it’s easy to clean (you don’t have to soak or scrub it), it comes in a lot of fun colors and patterns, and best of all, it’s got the best cushion and support I’ve ever seen.

      • It provides extra cushion for my knees, without being too squishy (which I find tough for both balance, and my wrists!).

      • Plus, the company supports using sustainable materials, so if you’re worried about your impact on the environment this is the mat for you!

    • Cons

      • It is a little pricey, but you’ll never have to replace the mat. If you’re already well into your yoga practice and don’t have one of these, you’re missing out. If you’re starting your yoga journey and know you’ll stick with it, this would be a great investment!

      • I’ve found the Pro mat is a little bulky, so I don’t travel with mine, but it makes for a luxurious home mat. I look forward to practicing on mine all day!

  • Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    • Pros

      • Things that should be cold stay cold, and things that should be hot stay hot. This was the biggest thing for me!

      • 25 oz is a great size for my more strenuous sessions (and if you’re so inclined, fits a whole bottle of wine wink, wink)!

      • Just like the Munduka Mat, these bottles come in all sorts of colors, you could even get one to match, plus you can reduce the waste of a plastic water bottle.

    • Cons

      • Dropping one of these water bottles has blown out my eardrums more than once. If you’re prone to moments of klutziness save yourself the earache on this one.

!!Current Obsession!!

Incense holders certainly aren’t some you have to have in order to practice yoga or mindful meditation, but I’ve found some scents can really put me into a more peaceful frame of mind.

Putting incense and art together serves both a functional and fun part of me, and when I saw these backflow incense holders I fell in love!

If you don’t know what a backflow incense holder is or how it works, here’s a video!

I found this one on Etsy for $75, but there are plenty of options if you don’t like the style of this one. Just look up backflow incense holders on Google!

If you want to learn about the less material sides of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation check out some of the other 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!