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This is a guest post by Maria Gajewski whose blog I recommend. I read a post about her new book on her blog and thought it was perfect for this blog. So I emailed Maria and she kindly consented to do a guest post for me. I hope you like it – it is well written, gives practical advice that can be implemented immediately and is on a very important topic (which is pretty much everything you could want in a post I think). I hope you find it as valuable as I do. Evan.
Maria Gajewski is the author of Never the Same River Twice, a blog that helps people work through personal and organizational change. If you’d like to read about more ways to find inner peace, sign up to receive automatic updates from her site using an RSS feed reader or in your email.
Do you feel your anxiety levels rising every time you answer the phone? Do you grind your teeth at the thought of another day in the office? Are you waiting for “someday” to come so that you can finally feel a little peace?
We live in an age of stress. Our senses are constantly assaulted by things like noise, bright lights, flashing televisions, and smoky car exhausts. As Evan has written, all of this stress and stimulation takes a toll on health over time, and it can certainly affect our happiness in the here and now.
Unfortunately, we are often tempted to put off taking care of our own wellbeing to attend to matters that seem more urgent. We tell ourselves that we can relax next week, or after this project is done, or during our next holiday. Then, when we get to that point in time, something else comes up to disrupt the relaxation.
“Someday” never comes.
The good news is that there are several very simple things you can do right now to feel instant inner peace. By incorporating one or two of these into your daily routine you can reduce your stress levels considerably and maybe even find the “someday” you’ve been waiting for.
Indulge in your hobby. Just 20-30 minutes daily spent in the garden, playing your favorite instrument, or enjoying some time with a fishing pole can help you relax and get in touch with your creative side. It’s easy to push these activities aside when feeling busy, but those are the times when you need your hobby the most.
Eat at a table, from a plate, with the television turned off. Eating can be a great time to practice mindfulness. The trick is to put aside all other distractions and eat slowly, really tasting your food. Try this at dinner time for a week. You’ll be amazed by how centered you can feel.
Do Nothing. In her book, The Joy Diet, author Martha Beck suggests 15 minutes of Doing Nothing daily. In fact, it’s the foundational “activity” of the book. During your Doing Nothing time you can do anything you want to do, but nothing that you have to do. Taking a bubble bath is okay. Folding laundry in not okay. Take just 15 minutes to indulge yourself today.
These are just a few suggestions for ways that you can achieve higher levels of inner peace. If you would like to explore this subject further, I invite you to download a copy of Secrets to Creating More Inner Peace. This free Ebook contains five chapters from five bloggers in the personal development sphere. The collaborative approach ensures that many different techniques and points of views are included.
The authors (including me) have decided to publish this work for free because we think it is such an important subject and we want to help people live more centered lives. The one thing we ask is that if you enjoy the work, or have any questions about it, you stop by the forums at Personal Development Partners and let us know. PDP is a community of people who are committed to personal growth and development. We support each other through the forums, mastermind groups and collaborative projects like Secrets to Creating More Inner Peace.
What do you do to increase your feelings of inner peace? Are you a meditator? A walker? Or perhaps you play golf? Are you completely perplexed by the idea of relaxing? Share your triumphs or frustrations in the comments so that we can help and learn from each other.