Listen to your heart to find peace of mind
Wellbeing & Meditation
PEACE has many levels – and can mean different things to different people.
‘I just want to sit down ‘in peace’’ – means I want to sit free from disturbance .. from whatever is disturbing me.
If you look at the thesaurus, there are 579 antonyms or words that are the opposite of peace in it. This covers everything from war to conflict, hatred, unrest, agitation, pain, agony and anger and more than 570 other feelings.
As human beings we can allow so many things to disturb our peace. There are four basic emotions – fear, happiness, sadness or anger. Anything that activates our sadness, anger or fear can disturb our peace.
We can reach peace in many ways. Peace comes when we stop thinking thoughts that disturb us. It also happens when we reach inner harmony through meditation or relaxation practices.
In life, it happens when what we think feel say and do are broadly in harmony. It happens when we are being true to ourselves in how we live and living according to what is important to us and what we value and believe.
Peace is a dynamic state. A lot that needs to happen to bring it into your life consistently.
As a place, we can all visit and experience peace. We can visit a disturbance-free zone in our minds and hearts when we calm our thoughts or connect with something that frees us from what is bothering us. When we engage in things that excite us or do things we love doing, the happiness we feel, often overrides feelings of inner agitation. Watching the recent Wexford matches are great examples.
For any of us living busy lives – which is most of us these days – the pursuit of peace poses a challenge. We may not be ‘happy’ about everything that goes on around us in our daily lives. When
things happen, if we want to be peaceful, it means we have to look at them and change something.
Here are a few quotes that I feel give a lot of inspiration and guidance for how we can experience more peace in daily life.
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.” —Bernie Siegel
Being peaceful requires daily courage. It challenges us to address situations on a daily basis as they come up. Sometimes that means we have to look deep within and let things go. It may mean we have to take action and in others, it may challenge us to have a conversation or even change our viewpoint. All of these take courage and effort and sometimes a lot of inner work.
“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
Louise Hay had a great line. She said: ‘never should on anyone’. We often have a lot of ‘shoulds’ and when life does not match up we feel agitated. When we accept things as they are, we make it possible to change them.
“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” —George Michael
This is very powerful. Spending time on what is important to you and being true to you in that is key to inner peace. Only your heart can tell you that.
Calodagh McCumiskey designs and delivers bespoke wellbeing at work programmes to grow people and companies. She also offers regular meditation classes, personal development workshops and wellbeing consultations to help people thrive 053 9140655 | [email protected]itualearth.com | www.spiritualearth.com