Balance your inner peace

Five ways to balance inner peace. Photo: Supplied

You might be feeling like taking a knife to your supervisor or a bat to your manager. You might event want to go ‘all out Columbine’ at your local grocery store. If that is how you are feeling then take a breather and put down those weapons. The Equilibrium Well-being Centre has provided a few tips that will help you to become a Zen Master who can be calm, no matter what is going on.

Control what you can. For the rest … just breathe. Acceptance of a situation doesn’t mean its okay – it means it is what it is. Next time you find yourself stuck in a worry loop, breathe. Breathe more deeply than usual, and focus on the sensation of breathing. There you go … right here, right now, you are okay and all of the chaos around you … probably doesn’t exist … it probably only lives in your mind … keep breathing …

Watch the mental chatter. Our inner dialogue tends to run all day long, and most of the time we don’t even notice that we’re repeating thoughts that centre on our problems. That’s natural because it’s the brain’s job to fix problems, but the problem is that we try to solve the problems using thought habits that are focused on what’s wrong, not on what can be done. Much of our self-talk is also highly critical. Imagine if your best friend constantly criticised and judged you – of course you wouldn’t feel very peaceful. Practice talking about the ideal situation, and practice talking to and about yourself with unconditional love, compassion and acceptance.

Position your way to inner peace. Your body language is influenced by your thoughts, and vice versa. You can actively change your emotional state by changing your physical state. Instead of shrinking from your problems, stand tall, keep your eyes straight ahead and physically face your problems, head-on. Instead of making yourself feel small by curling up in a protective position (by crossing your arms and legs), open your stance – yes, uncross those arms and get them off your chest. Drop your shoulders, open your chest, and open your hands. Relax those clenched fists, stop playing with your hair or clothing, and deliberately open your palms forward and upward in a gesture of openness (openness to love) and a gesture of helpfulness.

Smile! You may not know this, but we are hard-wired to feel better when we see other people smiling. You can trick your brain into feeling happier and more peaceful, when you smile at yourself in the mirror. Hold a smile for at least 2 minutes (don’t worry if it starts out fake!) to elicit this powerful physiological response of well-being.

Meditate. Meditation is the fastest path to inner peace – not in a chasing inner peace kind of way, but in an allowing way. During meditation, it’s natural for the mind to wander and it usually wanders right back into problems that centre on attachment. We are often attached to people, situations and our own beliefs. We either have something and fear losing it, or we don’t have something and aren’t happy without it. In meditation, we learn to live without attachments. This doesn’t mean we stop caring, it just means we stop living with the anxiety and dissatisfaction of needing something and not having it (or fearing losing it). Meditation helps us eliminate our attachments – we can enjoy the presence or existence of someone or something, but not need it.

Get started with the easiest, most pleasurable meditation tool on the planet.

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Sonwabile Antonie

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