Today I am focusing on ways you can achieve inner peace. Even if you add just one of these practices to your daily routine, it will make a difference in your life. I’d love to hear from you about any changes you have experienced in adding one or more of these rituals to your life. So, please post your comments below!
1. Meditate Daily, Even If It’s Only for 5 Minutes
When we take the time to bring ourselves into a quiet sacred space with Spirit, we open ourselves to Grace and unlimited possibilities. Just 5 minutes a day can make a difference in how we move through our day. Some meditation techniques are included below:
- Breathe: Consciously bring your attention to your breath. Respiration and Inspiration both have their root in “spirit”. Use your breath to “re-spirit” your body and “in-spire” your mind.
- Light a Candle: Begin to focus your attention on the flame, letting your mind drift into a quiet oneness with the candle. Remember to breathe.
- Invoke Spirit Through Prayer: This can be as simple as asking to be brought into a state of peace and harmony.
- Read from a Sacred Book: This can help set the tone and inspire you during your quiet reflective time.
- Journal your thoughts in a notebook.
2. Add Some Silent Time To Your Life Every Day
In addition to meditation, I suggest you take every opportunity to consciously add some silence to your life. The world we live in is inundated with sound and noise and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to experience true silence. Taking a walk in the woods is ideal, but not everyone has the time or the opportunity to do that. So, I have found it helpful to create silent times during my everyday activities. One of my favorite silent times is driving in my car. Instead of turning on the radio or listening to music, I drive in silence and open myself up to my inner creative voice that can easily be heard when I consciously create the environment.
3. Begin To Eliminate Negativity From Your Life
A good way to start is by filtering your exposure to the so-called “News.” The media sensationalizes and feeds us a diet of fear-based reports. When we continually expose ourselves to this type of negativity, it begins to affect our attitudes about ourselves and our environment. An easy way to begin is to join the World Peace Experiment by agreeing to say “Only Love Prevails” each time you hear a negative report in the news or when you perceive a negative event occurring. This sends positive energy to a perceived negative event and also puts you in a non-judgmental observer role. Sign up for the World Peace Experiment at onlyloveprevails.org. It’s free. It’s easy. It takes only minutes a day! It will help you attain inner peace. The outer is merely a reflection of the inner. Peace in the world can only be attained when enough of us (critical mass) reach a state of inner peace.
4. Start Using Your MUTE Button on Commercials
Become aware of the impact of “manipulative advertising” on your self-esteem. No matter what they’re selling, these types of commercials all have the same underlying message, “You are not good enough unless you buy this product”. This message is delivered directly to our unconscious with highly sophisticated techniques. Use your “mute” button during commercials and limit your exposure to these disempowering messages.
5. Pay Attention To Your Thoughts
Our thoughts create our reality. Consciously start paying attention to any negative or limiting thought that crosses your mental screen and when you spot them, ask that they be transformed. My Free Yourself from Fear booklet explains this simple process in detail and can be printed out without charge at openheartpress.com.
6. Clear Yourself Often
Use any method that works for you to clear yourself from negative or low energy. The process I use is the Rainbow Clearing Process (see end of post). Often we take on energy from others as we move through our day. Your goal is to stay in your own energy. The Rainbow Clearing Process can be used easily to remove energy that is not yours.
7. Develop An Attitude of Gratitude
An easy way to start consciously shifting into gratitude is by silently reciting a litany of things for which you are thankful every time something happens to upset you (i.e., I am thankful for my beautiful family, for my health, for my loving friends, etc.) You will immediately find yourself lifted out of the limiting emotional energy of anger into a state of gratitude and grace.
RAINBOW CLEARING PROCESS
This 2-step process can be used to clear yourself of energy that is not yours. I use it after a session with a client so that I am clear for my next client. I use it whenever I’ve been in a large gathering, whenever I feel an emotion that seems to come “out of the blue” or whenever I’m tired for no apparent reason.
The purpose of the process is to get yourself back into your own energy. Anyone who works with the public naturally takes on energy from others whether you’re a bartender, a beautician, a teacher, a banker, a retail clerk or a healer. It is important to have a way to keep ourselves clear. This is a very simple way to do that.
Step 1: Visualize a rainbow colored shaft of light coming out of the sky into the top of your head and spreading throughout your body, filling every cell with rainbow light until your whole body radiates rainbow light. (This may take a minute or two in the beginning to visualize, but as your body gets acquainted with the process, soon it will take only a few seconds to fill yourself with rainbow light.)
Step 2: Choose for yourself a symbol of safety and protection and surround yourself with it. Your shield can be anything — a powerful animal, an angel, a geometrical shape such as a pyramid or a sphere, etc. With your symbol in place you are now protected from taking on additional negative energy.