Is it possible to renew your mind through inner peace? That’s not a cliche. That’s true. Do you have racing thoughts and find yourself constantly worrying about the things you have no control over? Are you always overthinking and every outcome is never in your favor? If this is your case, you don’t have inner peace.
Inner peace is something you gain over time. Heads up, no one or anything can give you peace. You have to practice peace. And the practice comes through hardships, being alone, and discovering who God has made you to be.
That in itself is a long journey.
As human beings, we allow many things to disturb our peace, the world, our social groups, our families, and even religion. I’ve read many books, articles, and have joined groups that push inner peace. But even in those groups, it took hardships, being alone, and discovering who God wanted them to be before they could embrace their inner peace.
When we look at social injustices, political imbalances, divorce rates (especially among Christians), and the number of child abuse cases skyrocketing, it clearly denotes a lack of inner peace. We talk about peace as though it’s a garment you put on every day. I’m afraid it doesn’t come that easy.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
If so, we would all stop torturing ourselves and put it on.
Inner peace is achievable, but it comes when we practice controlling our thoughts. Our inner peace is determined by how we address certain issues or distractions in our lives. Even when we don’t deal with an issue, we lose our power causing unrest with our inner peace.
We can dwell in inner peace more consistently when what we think, feel, say, and do are aligned with God’s word. This happens only when we are true to ourselves in how we live our lives according to the word of God.
Living our lives in inner peace is not merely the absence of worldly conflict, ridding ourselves of toxic relationships, and overcoming financial restraints. Or, temporarily visiting a ‘disturbance-free zone’ in our minds and hearts and when the chaos is over we reconnect to our imbalanced lives.
You learn to appreciate inner peace when it’s been absent from your life for a period of time. After having hardships, coming through toxic relationships, being sick on your deathbed, and being overwhelmed with debt just to name a few, you’ll appreciate your inner peace and will fight to maintain that sacred place.
If you are seeking inner peace, you may be asking yourself what’s next because things are not getting any better? John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Therefore, you have to start wrestling in the spirit to get your inner peace.
Don’t expect the world to give you inner peace because we’re living in perilous times.
The good news is, there’re simple things we can do to retain our inner peace.
If you want to achieve inner peace, it’s not going to happen without putting in the work. You’ll have to be intentional about your peace. You’ll never appreciate peace until you don’t have it.
But the thing is. When you find your peace, it’ll be incumbent upon you to guard your heart so you can continually abide in your inner peace.
Unquestionably, life is full of moments that will disrupt your peace. And you will never be worry-free. However, during those moments of disruptions, you don’t have to feel like you’re stuck in life or in a situation you have no control over.
During our most vulnerable times, God wants us to come to Him that we may find help and grace in the time of need. It’s nothing wrong with not having the answer. It’s the lack of action we take when we allow our inner peace to be disturbed.
Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Furthermore, when you don’t know what to do or you don’t know what’s next, it’s best to consult a close friend or seek counseling to help you get through those feelings of imbalance. Besides, you want to make sure those feelings of stuckness don’t lead to isolation or confusion.
In confiding in that closest friend, you want to make sure that your friend is spiritual and one whom you have respect for. Many times we discuss our most intimate issues with people who are not mature enough to keep their mouth shut. Or, who can’t give us the spiritual guidance we need through God’s word.
It’s equally important to remember you’re on a mission to practice inner peace. God wants to comfort you through His wisdom as you walk through times of darkness and confusion.
This inner peace comes when we discover a relationship with Him; therefore, we’ll have a permanent place to turn.
Take a moment now to listen to this video:
- First, listen as you’re thinking about your situation.
- Next, answer the questions. You may have to start and stop the video to get all the questions answered.
- Then, decide where you are in retrospect to the questions you answered and where you are on a scale of 1-10 (10 being utterly at peace and 1 being no inner peace)
- Finally, ask yourself do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
Without a doubt, we all have those moments where we feel unrest and bored with life. And the matter is only compounded when we start comparing or measuring our lives to the lives of others.
At those pivotal moments of frustration and comparing, we have to take a look within to identify what’s making us feel so unfulfilled or restless in life.
Sometimes those feelings will go away if you are honest with yourself. On the other hand, if you’re not honest with yourself, you will continue to search for inner peace among other things all while denying yourself the healing you need.
Above all, discovering your inner peace only comes through change. Once you change your routine and try something new, you’ll desire to spend more time with yourself and God.
However, if you are struggling with the lack of inner peace, it’s more convenient to make a doctor’s appointment, go in and pour out your soul and leave with a bag of prescriptions that only agitates the situation you are dealing with.
And if those prescription medications don’t work. You’ll look for other things to fulfill your inner peace.
Heads up, if you don’t have inner peace, no one can give it to you.
That’s where the real work comes in. This can also be a hindrance to some who don’t desire to put in the real work.
For instance, I desired to lose weight, but eating candy is my ultimate weakness. I would get up in the morning’s missioned minded to lose weight. I would walk, make myself a smoothie, and control my salad portions during the evening.
While all that was good, I plumbed in the evenings. Simply put, those candy bars would start calling my name after 7:00 p.m.
I wouldn’t just have one. Sometimes I would eat two or snack on other things.
Whew! It was all bad.
To sum it up, it’s going to take some work on your part. It won’t feel good at first. You’re going to ask yourself over and over–is it worth it?
It is worth it. Think about the people in your life that’s living peacefully.
I’m not saying they don’t have any problems and things don’t come to disrupt their inner peace.
People who have practiced inner peace understand what it means to live a simple life. Let’s be clear. I’m not talking about status-quo. They have a consistent way of living their lives from day-to-day.
Also, it’s not measured by what others think they should have and how they should live their life. Their inner peace involves appreciating what they have and where they are in life. They’ve learned the true measure of who they are and it’s not measured by things, people, careers, etc.
Inner peace! It takes a lot of effort to arrive at this place in life.
Of course, I’m not saying you should simply settle for a life that doesn’t bring you joy. By all means, you should continue to dream big, setting goals for yourself as you’re working toward other desires diligently.
Periodically, I struggle with inner peace because I feel as though my life is not progressive enough. But I’ve learned being progressive is not always outwardly. It has been the hidden treasures and gifts that God has given me to share with others that have brought me inner peace.
And through sharing our stories, others will be unafraid to practice discovering their inner peace.
In conclusion, you have to be your own advocate. No one can force inner peace. You’ll know when you have it.
How can I achieve peace?
Every day, there are many ways to accomplish that, including practicing:
- Gratitude – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Col. 3:15
- Meditation – “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
- Patience – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9
- Listening – “Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself? Job 15:8
- Forgiveness – “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.” Daniel 9:9
- Relaxation – “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
- Caring for others – Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; Romans 12:10
- Clearing the mind – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
- Thinking before speaking – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph. 4:29
- Reasoning before responding – If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. Prov. 18:13
- Loving adversaries – “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, Luke 6:27
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” —John F. Kennedy
JFK practiced peace daily, weekly, and monthly until it changed old barriers he had in his thinking as he worked on building new structures to create new habits.
That’s inner peace!
6 Amazing Ways to Boost Your Inner Peace.
These are small, soulish things that you can do every day to get the results you need. Remember, it’s a practice!
1. Stop seeking the riches and fortunes that you feel others have. From the outside looking in, we believe that people have what they need to sustain our life. Not so true. What a lot of other people have are things we don’t need, such as debt and other cares of life. Avoid falling into that trap of wanting all the goodies others have. Having all that stuff will not bring you inner peace.
2. Trust and have faith. Learning to trust in God helps you to build your faith in God. Trusting God daily is not something people are willing to do these days. However, it’s a part of developing your relationship with God and discovering your inner peace.
3. Positive thinking. This is huge. Sometimes the way we get out of bed in the morning can determine what kind of day we’re going to have. That shouldn’t be the case. We all have difficult moments during the day; however, if we think about lovely things and things that are of a good report. We can change the trajectory of our mindset. Changing your outlook brings inner peace.
4. Don’t compare. I think this is one of my favorite quotes: “Comparison is an enemy to Joy.” Comparing your life against others or your past creates a lot of unhappiness and unsettledness. Make the best of who you are. Live. Love. Laugh.
5. Be grateful. Feeling and thinking about the things you are grateful for as you wake up in the morning is a great way to build more inner peace. That gratefulness should also stop you at different times during the day to just look up or wave your hand. It’s so rewarding. Attitude is everything. It can really be contagious so take the time to examine your situation against someone else. I’m sure you’ll be more grateful for this very moment you have right now.
6. Meditation: You can also visit peace through the practice of regular meditation. Regular visits through meditation allows you to put life into perspective. Mediation deters emotional roller coasters that can disconnect you from your inner peace within.
Spending time on what is important to you and being true to yourself are the keys to inner peace.