Light up Your Life with Inner Peace
Sometimes celebrations are simply about finding moments of calm within yourself
We chose to have a quiet Diwali this year — we did a small puja at home, lit up our space, attended very few Diwali parties, and generally took time off to rest and relax.
We did this consciously as it had been a hectic year, and it felt nice to just stay home, and replenish the depleted energy.
We also realised that we didn’t want any frantic activity, but some quiet peaceful time to look inward and reconnect with ourselves.
Diwali is as much about fireworks and celebration, as it is about rekindling that inner light, finding your centre, and a sense of tranquillity once again.
Because, more important than health and wealth is a state of inner peace, that can put everything in your life back into balance once again. And, that state of being can be created by you whenever you like.
But why do we need to restore our inner peace time and again?
All of us are juggling so much — home, career, children, parents, grandparents, in-laws, our circle of friends and acquaintances. As we push ourselves in all these areas, sometimes we pay a price — the price of inner peace.
And this could happen for various reasons. It could be unrealistic expectations from our self — to do more, do better, have more, or simply be on top of everything in our lives.
It could also be expectations from those around us; and when disappointed and dissatisfied, we let the other person’s words or behaviour (or lack of them) control our state of mind.
This may cause a bad mood…or worse still, we may cut away from the world, and get lost in tormenting punishing thoughts.
That’s when you need to change the narrative in your mind. That’s when you need to release limiting thoughts or feelings, that only take away the inherent feeling of peace that already resides within all of us.
By consciously changing the trail of thoughts in your mind, you are, in fact, taking responsibility for your inner peace.
To continue with the above example, if someone has hurt you with their words or actions, how long you hold on to that event is up to you. The sooner you release those words and acts, and replace them with forgiveness or thinking positive thoughts about them, the sooner you will experience greater inner peace.
Inner peace is also impacted when we give too much of ourselves to something, and in turn deplete our inner resources — emotional, mental, and physical.
One way to deal with this is to have no expectation of reward, another is to create healthy boundaries, and know when to draw the line.
Inner peace is finding the middle path — between outer and inner, giving and taking, happiness and sadness, darkness and light.
Inner peace also emanates from unconditional belief in the Divine. Often times, as a result of our circumstances, we lose faith in a higher force, making us feel unsupported, lonely and bereft.
That’s when we need to adopt an attitude of gratitude for what is already working in our lives — daily meals, a roof above our head, good relationships, sound health, a beautiful world full of new things to see, and so much more.
One must always hold on to the belief that the universe is supporting you, and has your back no matter what.
At face value something may seem like a loss, but in the grand scheme of things it may ultimately help you win.
Inner peace is a lot about flipping the state of mind or emotion that momentarily consumes you.
It is here that meditation could make a difference, and you could choose any form you like — following your breath, chanting, or even gazing at the flickering flame of a candle.
You could also go for a long walk in nature, or turn to a hobby that lifts your spirits and helps you experience a state of flow. Or,
You could simply sit at home and create a beautiful peaceful space for yourself with music and lights.
I cherish the times spent with family and friends during festivals, but what I cherish more is time to reconnect with the space within, a space that always generates and regenerates inner peace.
This festive season take some time out to gift yourself inner peace… Celebrate the festival, but before that celebrate yourself, and get in touch with what makes you tick!
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