How to Experience Inner Peace By Sofios Ploumidis
Growing up I remember daydreaming and having scattered thoughts. As an adult, it seemed to be typical or normal for the mind to behave in this way. I often wondered if this is indeed how the mind is meant to function. Is it meant to wonder off into random thoughts? Is it meant to be distracted by events in the past or of the future? Is it meant to worry about outcomes and circumstances? Is it meant to be pre-occupied with daily events? The next meal? etc, etc…. the list goes on! I also noticed that it was hard to be at peace, to feel an inner calmness because of these continual thoughts, worries and emotional states.
I had heard about relaxation and meditation as ways to slow down the mind and the physical reactions from an overactive mind (e.g physical tension, butterflies in the stomach, etc) but I had never given such practices a go.
It wasn’t until I came across a book titled ‘Self Knowledge for Spiritual Awakening’ which explains how to experience inner peace that I decided to explore the ‘inner’ realm of my mind and how to achieve inner peace.
In the process, I have discovered where thoughts come from, how they can influence our mood, our decisions and our experiences, how they can take away our inner peace and our awareness. I could be in the most beautiful and natural place on earth, but be totally consumed by my mind, and not have an inner state of peace, to be present in that moment, to appreciate that beauty before my eyes. Or I can be in the busiest location, with lots of people and commotion but not be affected by this because of an inner peace. Where I am and what I am doing is not governed by my mind and its thoughts, or its random daydreaming, but by my own presence in that moment, to be in awareness of what is going on around me without being influenced by it.
The kind of practices that I have found most beneficial to achieve this peacefulness and inner calmness are mindfulness, duality, awareness walks… I have even found practices like visualisation and concentration on the heart beats useful too. Specific mantras can also help with silencing the mind. Focusing on the breath is another technique that can slow down an overactive mind too. I discovered so many ways to help achieve inner peace from this Self-Knowledge book.
And, it does not take long to do any of these. I start my day with a 5 min practice (either a mantra or duality, etc) and simply repeat any of these throughout the day. I can also go for an awareness walk at lunchtime as another way to help strengthen awareness. I even find it useful to ask myself or check where I am and what I am doing – in other words, am I in ‘auto pilot’ or ‘aware’ of what I am doing. So, it does not take up a lot of time, but the frequency of practices has had a huge impact on my overall inner state.
From applying various techniques that have helped me to achieve inner peace, I notice that my thoughts during the day are not as intense and my daydreaming has reduced. I seem more aware and clear. It would seem this has some significance and impact on my sleep state too. I seem to have more restful sleep and I can recall more of my dreams. I have even had lucid experiences as a result. Somehow this is related to my daily inner state and this overall achievement of inner peace. As a result, I have embarked on a search to understand why an inner state would allow and even benefit my sleep and dreams.
This has been my simple way of creating inner peace on a daily basis. I hope that you can find yours…
The ‘Self Knowledge for Spiritual Awakening’ is available as a free eBook. To access your copy go to: http://belsebuub.com/free-spiritual-ebooks/self-knowledge-for-spiritual-awakening
Note: this author also has a book on ‘Astral Travel and Dreams’, and will be available soon as a free eBook