17 Ways to Create Inner Peace

Peace is not a commodity sold on the open market, yet it is available every step we take. It is in the free-spirit of our heart and mind. If we desire Peace on Earth and in our life, we need to know how to live peacefully. We need to know how to Breathe Peace every day.

Each day we are faced with the constant task of responding to a thought, event or experience. Instead of reacting mindlessly, we can be deliberate in our consciousness, if but one moment at a time. We don’t have to be perfect in all this — part of being human is to accept our flawed nature. If anything, the best reward is in trying to be peaceful within the moment, whether we fail or not.

Trying to create Inner Peace is a bit like trying to “watch” each in-and-out flow of our breath, as in meditation — it is a simple task compounded by spur-of-the-moment random thoughts. However, can we really say that we have failed in our task of meditating? No, simply because we have been rewarded by the conscious act and desire to try to sit in stillness and focus our mind.

And so it is with Peace. Trying to be peaceful, to live peacefully, to feel peace within, and to act out of a peaceful nature is perhaps the best way to create Inner Peace. Here is a list of seventeen ways to breathe peace into your life. Just practicing one of these ways is a worthy stepping stone toward all the others.

Peaceful blessings upon your journey.

17 Ways to Create Inner Peace

  1. Embrace your self-worth — minimize harsh self-criticism
  2. Replace judgment with acceptance
  3. Practice cooperation, not competition
  4. Turn away from conflict — strive for resolution
  5. Think and act in the present rather than out of fear of the past or future
  6. Enjoy the moment and be grateful
  7. Worry within your means
  8. Feel connected with Nature and all creatures, large and small
  9. Feel connected with others, especially those in need
  10. Smile, laugh, be light-hearted
  11. Be unconditionally generous and helpful
  12. Be reverent, respectful, kind and compassionate
  13. Be more a witness than a doer — just Be
  14. Allow things to unfold or simply be — replace the urge to resist, resent, manipulate, and control
  15. Practice stillness and self-reflection
  16. Live more simply so that others may simply live
  17. Live to create more beauty, hope, joy and peace in the world

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About C. Forrest McDowell, PhD

I am blessed to be a co-steward for over 30 years of the beautiful 22-acre Cortesia Sanctuary outside Eugene, Oregon, with my partner, Tricia Clark-McDowell. My lifelong interests in wellness care, psychology, nature, music composition & performance, writing, and meditation fuel my celebration for life. My form of service is founded upon the elemental practice of kindness and reverence for life. Of course, to understand the value of deep respect for life, we also have to accept irreverence as part of human nature and to know that it can be very disruptive and destructive to peace, safety, beauty, joy and love.
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