“Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
I have written a lot about inner peace, but it seems that most people don’t understand what it is.
Some time ago, I received an email from a reader, saying that she doesn’t want inner peace, because she wants to be active and alive.
She was afraid that calmness might make her passive and take all the fun from her life. She also said that she preferred to keep her mind restless and very active, not calm.
Well, this only shows lack of understanding what inner peace is and how it can improve your life in many ways.
What Is Inner Peace?
We need to define what inner peace is.
Inner peace is not a state of passivity, and certainly does not make life dull. On the contrary, it makes you more conscious, alive and happy. It helps you live life more fully.
Here is how Wikipedia defines it:
“Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being ‘at peace’ is considered by many to be healthy and the opposite of being stressed or anxious.”
- Inner peace means, among other things, that there is no overthinking and too much analyzing of every situation.
- It is a state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.
- Being always peaceful refers to a deliberate state of peace and happiness and contentment in everyday life.
- It means no running from one thought to another, constantly ruminating about some past incident, no constant dwelling on hurts and what people said or did.
- This means no waste of time, energy and attention on unimportant and meaningless thoughts.
Isn’t it better than being stressed, anxious with your mind speeding from one thought to another?
The Mind Is Like a Room Crammed with a Lot of Stuff
Suppose your room is crammed with furniture, books, papers, and a lot of junk. There is no free space, and you can hardly move in the room.
After living in this room for some time, you get used to it, no matter how uncomfortable and unpleasant it is. You might dislike it sometimes, but you do nothing to clean or rearrange your room.
This is the state of your mind. It is crammed with thoughts, fears, worries, and endless thinking. There is no room for new, different thoughts. It is in a state of tension and stress, always jumping from one thought to another, like a butterfly hopping from one flower to another.
Imagine that one day you decide to clean your room.
You take everything out of your room, emptying it completely. Now the room seems very big without all the stuff in it.
You clean and wash it, and then put back only the essential stuff. How do you feel now, when you are in your room? Isn’t there an exhilarating feeling of joy? There is a lot of space, you can move freely and find everything easily.
Suddenly, you realize that you live in a big room, and this gives you a great feeling of joy and power. You realize that you were living in a limited and crammed environment. Now, there is more air, more space, and you can move and walk freely in the room.
This affects your whole life, because it gives you a feeling of freedom and more control over your life.
Did you lose anything of importance in this process?
No, you lost absolutely nothing. You only gained a lot.
It is the same with your mind. When you empty it of unnecessary thoughts, fears and worries, your mind will be free, and you will enjoy inner peace. It would not be crammed with unnecessary thoughts and junk, which limit you and waste your time and energy.
You will then be able to think more clearly and be more focused.
Inner Peace Appears when You Empty Your Mind
Inner peace is like a clean and spacious room, empty of unnecessary, old, or broken stuff.
After you empty your mind of unnecessary and negative thoughts, it will be filled with happiness and light, and therefore, there wouldn’t be anything to disturb your moods, behavior and reactions. You will experience inner peace and a sense of freedom.
Do you know realize what is inner peace and how important it is?
When you remove all the unnecessary and useless stuff from your mind you become more alive, because the negative and meaningless thoughts are gone, and you see and experience everything more clearly, like you never did before. It is like taking away a curtain that distorts what you see.
I hope that these words cleared, at least a little, what inner peace is.
Resources and Quotes about Inner Peace
If you are interested in reading more articles about inner peace and learn how to find it, you might like reading the other articles I have written about this topic.
If you wish to achieve inner peace and enjoy it in daily life, I highly recommend reading my book on this topic, mentioned below. You will find in it plenty of practical information that will help you experience and enjoy it.
When the restless activity of your mind slows down, when your thoughts stop rushing like waves on a windy day, then you will start getting glimpses of the sweet taste of inner peace.
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”
“Spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”
“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
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