Inner peace is a calm and quiet state that we feel from the inside out. We are mindful of the results of our actions. We move forward knowing that we are not alone in our quest.
Define Your Spirit is designed with programs to uncover what inspires inner peace in our lives. Peace is a personal mission that is unique to everyone of us. Peace is within all of us. It is our natural state. However, when we reach adulthood, our peace has been buried under values that are not our own, ethics that go against our beliefs and companionship with people who share very little with us.
Connecting with our inner peace is a journey. If you choose to participate in it, you will reap the reward of being rooted in peace from moment to moment. Peace can be a choice, but choosing doesn’t guarantee that you will capture this sublime state on mind permanently. When we look deep down into our depths of our being, we will run into somethings that are blocking our peace. When we uncover these blocks, we can evaluate them to know whether they are consistent with our true nature.
Peace lies in our true nature and every choice or priority we make. Stepping into our true nature allows for our inner peace to live through us. Finding inner peace is a commitment. Each of us has the chance to make the journey. The question remains, will we do what it takes?
I will share a bit about my peace journey. In my experience, peace is the ultimate state of being. By doing some personal discovery work, I discovered that my values were not my own. They were borrowed at an early age when I could not think for myself. The first step toward my inner peace began when I could see a clear picture of myself, I began my quest by ridding myself of the people places and things that were not consistent with values. My journey required me to take several steps back. With honesty, I recognized that I was holding onto values that were not mine.
With this certainty, I began the process of letting the inconsistent values go. Sometimes, this required a dual cleansing of my mind and the physical objects that lay in the way to peace. For me, this was my wardrobe and fur coats. I donated 75% of my wardrobe and never put on a fur coat again. I realized how much of my inner peace was blocked by wearing the coats. Growing up, I was taught to be gentle with insects and animals. Every time I put on a fur coat, my heart hurt. My coping mechanism was to disconnect which just brought me further away from my peace.
I also chose love relationship with men who did not share my values. If I can impress one thing on you today, it is the absolute necessity to know what you value and what you stand for before getting into a new relationship. By doing this you are opening the door for an individual who is like you. S/he shares your values and supports the choices and priorities that come with upholding yourself. A relationship founded on consistent values, ethics and morals will bring you the greatest happiness and an inner peace that can only be felt when we engage ourselves this way.
I feel it is my responsibility to share the pain I felt when I got into relationships with men whose values were not the same as mine. Part of the challenge was that I was unaware of my values. However, through intense pain, they spook loudly, tell me what I didn’t want in my life. I remember my first ipod. I had it engraved My Peace and Freedom because in the listening to music, I was able to go to that sacred space of peace. But of course this was only temporary.
As I continue to discovering my values and synthesize them into my life, I feel inner peace. Other activities like my raw diet, yoga and running have kept me rooted in my peace space. At times, peace eludes me. But this is purely a condition of fear and worry. When I run up against either of these, I dig deep to get to the bottom of them through journaling or blog writing. I find peace in the writing.
I have big plans to bring joy and peace to women around the world through *Define Your Spirit online workshops. With my own inner peace practice, I can help them with their’s. I am delighted to read about your peace story in the comments. Please feel free to share your heart with me. I encourage you to just let the words flow. If you like, you may write a blog post*. If you choose this route, please do share the URL in the comments section of this post so we may experience your story.
With love, Amanda
*If you are interested in a Define Your Spirit Workshop, please email me with your name and number and I will let you know the date of out next workshop. Please feel free to email me at any time.