Balancing Inner and Outer Worlds: Strategies for Inner Peace
Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby.
To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, all the time.
If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Switching of tasks, dealing with fatigue, and working hard beyond your abilities — these you deal with. However, you can get stuck in a situation where you learn how hard life can be.
Soon you realize that you are going round in circles doing the same activities each day. You want to take hold of your life and make it happen your way, that is when peace becomes a priority.
We have probably all had this experience: Life is rippling along like a sweet summer brook, and then a sudden storm of change shows up and disrupts the serenity. Old enemies we think we have defeated – fear and insecurity, for example – return, throwing us off kilter. Our minds frantically try to find a solution to “fix” the issue, the challenge, the perceived problem, adding to our internal chaos.
When you ask people how they are currently feeling, it is unlikely they will respond with “peaceful” and “calm”. Instead many people may respond that they are overwhelmed, anxious and fatigued, trying to find balance in their lives.
There is also violence and fear throughout the world being exploited by the media. Unfortunately, things do not seem to be changing with the ever-evolving technology spreading negativity and propaganda.
It can be difficult to find a sense of peace when there is so much going on in the world and in our own personal lives. However, we can make a difference with the way we feel and how we approach our own day to day lives.
How do we stay calm, cool, and collected when we find the world around us has become chaotic and out of control? How do we learn to stare down any situation with inner peace and an ability to remain tranquil?
Most of us have been searching for inner peace, or we keep waiting for inner peace to arrive. We tell ourselves that when our life shows up in a new or different way, then inner peace will finally be ours.
On some level, we know this kind of reasoning is nonsense. Yet we have become habituated to thinking this way, putting off our personal peace until sometime in the future.
My wish for you with this course is that you can find that still place inside yourself, the place that can be at peace even in the midst of turmoil.
What is inner peace?
Why inner peace is so important
Audio: Letting go of thoughts
Reasons to embrace chaos
Accepting rather than fighting
You cannot predict the future
Doing rather than not doing
One thing leads to another
Faster, stronger, leaner, sharper
You are resilient
You are meant for bigger things
Clarify what is really important
Chaos can be transformative
Working out in the end
Going with the flow is a lot of fun
Audio: Listen to the magic around you
Formula for inner peace
Inner peace practices
Audios: Resting in the breath
Be here now
Notice with acute attention
Audio: Just this
Misconceptions that keep you from achieving peace of mind
Money will make me happy
There is no room for mistakes
Shunning negative emotions
Getting ahead in life is all that matters
I need to hold onto my past
To express my feelings is to be weak
I need to be or feel a certain way
Soothe your body
Audio: Let nature nurture
Easing mind clutter
You don’t have to believe everything you think
Audio: Island of serenity
Breathe your way to inner calm
You just did something relaxing
Deep breathing exercises
Loving yourself more
Audio: Taking it slow
Balance your life
Where do you need balance?
Embrace your emotional self
Practices for dealing with difficult emotions
How to diffuse strong emotions
Audio: Soothing the heart
Healthy morning routine
Open your heart to others
Practices for forgiveness, acceptance and understanding
Everyone wants to be happy
Cultivating the wisdom of compassion
Connect with the humanity of each Being
Audio: Rituals of release
Making your home a stress-free sanctuary
Your home as a place to grow and heal
All that matters is the present moment
Realize the profound comfort in the word “maybe”
Commit to activities you enjoy
Clear the clutter
When life gets you down
Develop the power of positive thinking
Anger and bitterness will only beat you down
Today is not forever
Keep a humble and grateful heart
You will come out stronger
You are being equipped to help someone in the future
Make time for yourself
Finding your inner peace when you have lost it
Peace is a constant in the here and now
A messenger of peace and love
Staying calm and clear
Living a fulfilling lifestyle
Passion, practice, persistence
Living in alignment
Your inner sanctuary
An inner win to a greater outer win
You deserve to live an amazing life
Creating some well-deserved head space
What are the benefits?
Ways meditation benefits your day to day life, work and relationships
Once you begin meditating
Effort – finding the balance
Unveiling happiness in the now
When should you do it?
Rituals for inner peace
Simple rituals to practice
How will you start your day?
Rituals bring relief when things are falling to pieces
Keys to creating rituals
Resolve what makes you restless
Ways to find peace amidst a chaotic life
Ideas to implement
Spend time with your loved ones
Take time out for yourself
Switch to a healthy lifestyle
Engage in learning new stuff
Take life less seriously
Being at peace in every moment
Living with chaos
Reality will strike
Ways to deal with chaos
Order gone wrong
Seeing the world as you want to see it
Meet the fool in your life
The madness of “our order”
Life is about connectedness
Tao of physics
Having a true intention
The value of a fool in your life
Tying out emotions to specific outcomes
Remember, nothing is permanent
Find the natural flow of life