HOW TO Calm YOUR mind -
10 ways to develop inner peace
Knowing how to calm your mind can create a wonderful feeling
of inner peace. Peace is an absence of struggle, an absence of fear, an absence
of worry, and a beautiful feeling that all is exactly as it should be.
Learning how to calm your mind and develop inner
peace can help you to stay on an even keel, no matter what is going on in your
Does this sound too good to be true? While it may take
effort and commitment to become skilled at calming your mind, it is definitely
possible, and absolutely worth doing.
having a calm mind despite external chaos
Of course it is much easier to have a calm mind, and to experience
inner peace when all is going well in your physical reality. The challenge is finding
inner peace and cultivating it to the level where you can maintain a deep inner
sense of calm, even when the world around you is in chaos.
The great thing is too, that when you are centered in a
place of calm and serenity, not only do the winds around you lose their power
to ruffle you too much, but your sense of peace has a calming effect on both
the winds themselves, and other people in your vicinity.
1. How to Calm Your Mind
Connect consciously with the Higher Power that is the source
of all life, however you personally define this Power. Prayer does not even
need to have words; it can be very powerful, simply as a feeling of gratitude
and oneness. Develop your acceptance of yourself as a part of the Divine in
human form. Maintain your connection with the whole of which you are a part.
This allows you to function powerfully and consciously without a feeling of
separation, isolation, or having to do it all by your human self.
2. Calm Your Mind
through moments of silence
Silence can be deeply calming, healing and energizing, and
one way to develop this practice is through a technique suggested by Dr. Wayne
Dyer. This technique involves using the words of a familiar text such as a poem
or prayer, and consciously slipping into the silence between words. You can do
this with any text that resonates with you, and the key is to focus not on the
words, but on the pause between. It is in that silence that you can experience
a true connection with the essence of your inner being.
3. How to Calm Your Mind
through stilling mental chatter
Learn how to calm your mind by stilling the endless mental chatter
that most of us are accustomed to living with. To practice taming the ‘monkey
mind,’ it is helpful to replace the thoughts which tend to run rampant in our
minds by focusing on the repetition (silently or aloud) of a word, sound or
phrase as a mantra. I love to use the words ‘thank you,’ ‘all is well,’ or the
Sanskrit mantra ‘om,’ which represents the Supreme Being.
4. Calm Your Mind
by tuning into your intuition
Learn to listen to your intuition, which is the voice of
your Higher Self. As you enhance your ability to calm and still your thoughts,
it becomes easier to distinguish the voice of your inner knowing. Develop your
trust in your own innate wisdom, and demonstrate that trust by acting on the
guidance you receive from your intuition. This helps to calm your mind because it
means you don’t have to ‘figure it all out,’ which is exhausting and stressful.
5. How to Calm Your Mind by living in accordance with your values
Practice honoring your highest values in the way you live
your life. In every choice, ask yourself whether the action you are about to
take reflects the essence of who you want to be, and who you already are at a
deep level. This calms your mind because you are eliminating the internal
conflict that comes from fighting against your own beliefs.
Forgive yourself when you don’t act according to the way you
know deep down feels right to you, and ask for the help and guidance of your
Higher Power/Higher Self in choosing to act more authentically and consciously.
6. Calm Your Mind
by connecting with nature
Trees, mountains, rivers, flowers, rocks, and the ocean have
enormous healing and energizing power. When we take time regularly to be in
places where nature can touch and heal our often frazzled nerves, finding inner
peace becomes a lot easier.
7. How to Calm Your Mind by feeling unity with others
Enhancing your sense of connection with all of humanity can
help to calm your mind and bring a sense of unity rather than disconnection or
Instead of getting caught up in the habits, actions, or
external appearance of other people, practice looking for the Divine in
everyone you come into contact with. Look for the essence that flows through
them which is the same as that which flows through you.
8. Calm Your Mind through developing trust in the universe
Developing trust in the perfect order of the Universe is a
key to calming your mind. When you learn to accept that everything is happening
exactly as it should, and that you do not need to struggle, try and change
things that you cannot change, or control that which you cannot control, it becomes
natural for peace to flow into and through you.
9. How to Calm Your Mind through learning to trust yourself
Develop trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your
way. By building up your confidence that with the support of your Higher
Self/Higher Power, and the guidance of your inner wisdom, you can create a solid
sense of conviction that whatever situations you encounter, you will manage
them from a position of clarity and inner peace.
10. Calm Your Mind through practicing detachment
Learn to detach yourself emotionally from the daily dramas
of life. Practice observing what is going on around you rather than becoming
caught up in it.
Try this exercise from Leo Babauta: imagine yourself leaving
your body, floating above it, and going higher until you are looking down on
yourself and the world and people around you. You are an observer, not involved
in the situation. As an observer, you don’t get angry or emotionally involved …
you simply observe without judgment. This exercise can help you remove yourself
from the heat of things and see with a greater perspective.
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