In the hustle and movement of an evolving world, the individual quest can be seen everywhere.
Just take a look around and notice the rushed energy and the frantic pace of people trying to make it to the next place, and anticipating the next thing to do. It is a fascinating exercise to stop and ask yourself: “what are we all chasing, and what’s the rush?”
For most of us, this can be a surprisingly hard question to answer. All we know is that we must keep moving, but why?
Today especially, it is easy to forget what we are truly after and the meaning behind our push forward. But if you look close enough, the answer is clear.
Sometimes what we really need, what we are searching tirelessly for and what we are trying so desperately to attain is nothing more than peace of mind. The dilemma, though, is that this is not something that can be found at the next place, or updated as a status on Facebook.
Meditation and Stress
In a world where stress accounts for 60% of doctor visits, it makes sense that meditation is becoming more and more common as a stress reduction and therapeutic practice.
Being integrated as a modern ritual, studies have shown that different types of meditation have the ability to trigger our natural relaxation response. This helps increase one’s ability to be calm and experience peace. People that meditate regularly report increased feelings of peace and overall happiness.
A growing body of comprehensive research done by the Harvard Medical Department indicates that meditation, if practiced consistently, can also:
- Lower blood-pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke
- Relieve depression
- Alleviate insomnia and anxiety
- Reduce feelings of anger and aggression
Meditation is known to reduce unnatural levels of cortisol–the chemical hormone associated with stress. By calming the mind through daily meditation, inner peace is not only a state of mind, but also a strong reflection of one’s state of health and well-being.
Meditation for Inner Peace
Inner peace is self-liberation through the release of doubt and fear. Acceptance and gratitude are the guiding lights to true inner peace. Inspired by Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, peace begins with the self before it can be emanated outward and shared as a community, nation, and globe. Peace meditation is finding individual peace of mind.
A few minutes of daily practice will help you approach each moment of your life from a state of enhanced calm, allowing you to be serene during almost any situation.
Meditation in the morning will help you remain peaceful throughout the entire day by leaving your mind fresh and clear. It brings us back into the moment where anything possible is only available now. This brings a deep sense of stability and content.
Here are some easy ways to practice meditation for inner peace:
Bring the Mind and Body Into a State of Balance
Find a peaceful place of silence and solitude. Prepare the mind to become still by getting comfortable. Sit with your legs crossed as comfortably as you can, or place the soles of your feet together with your knees pointing outward.
If this is uncomfortable, you can sit on a chair. Make sure your back is straight and place your hands palms facing down on each leg–this is the position of content and peace.
Take a moment to release all obligations and responsibilities. This time is for you and only you. Breathe slowly through the nose, deep into the diaphragm (just above the belly), up into the lungs, and out through the mouth. Inhale joy and pure energy; exhale worry, stress, self-doubt, and tension.
You Feel Relaxed, Light and Pure
Imagine sitting in a vast open space. Allow your mind to release any judgment or analysis. Just be as you are and accept. This is a space of freedom and peace. Any problems you may have had do not exist here.
Sit with this moment, breathe and allow your mind to naturally settle into a state of tranquility. This may take a few minutes, but be confident that you will gently settle into balance and clear focus.
This Sense of Peace Becomes Your Focus Point
Notice the lightness of your body and use the calmness of the moment as your point of focus. Feel how still the air is and just observe the calm energy. With peaceful intentions, always bring your concentration and awareness back into the sensations of your relaxed body no matter how often your mind drifts.
Appreciate the simplicity of being able to relax and be at peace with yourself. Visualize a bright aura around your entire body. This is the energy of peace.
Sit with this for however long feels appropriate. Anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes is great. As you practice you will notice that you can maintain this sense of calm energy for even longer.
Bring Your Awareness to the Core of Your Body
Focus on the base of your spine and imagine the bright light becoming concentrated in the center of your abdomen and at the core of your gravity. This is the center of your grounding, where your mind is balanced and your body is energized.
Feel the clarity of being connected to the moment, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are always safe and secure. Instead of your mind swaying back and forth, it is now more clear and focused on the moment. Your grounding energy is what keeps you at peace.
Finish With Gratitude and Share the Peace
After you get a good sense of peace and are able to spend some time in this space of peaceful energy that you have created for yourself, it is always important to express gratitude for your experience and for the moment.
Being thankful is how we communicate with the abundance of life. We are sending a strong signal to ourselves and our surroundings that we recognize the beauty and potential of our experience.
As you approach each day, you will begin to feel more at peace with your surroundings. At this point you are ready to share your peace and bring it into your life experience. With the intention of sharing your peace by remaining aware and mindful of each moment, you are spreading the purity through yourself, and ultimately towards others.
The more you are able to generate these feelings of peace and happiness within yourself, the more potential you have to step into the world with an enhanced vibration of joy and positive energy.