You can’t calm the storm, Stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. ~ Timber Hawkeye.
Serenity is maintaining a sense of inner peace and focusing your energy where you can make a difference. It’s about finding calmness within yourself and staying unruffled even in troubled waters. Energy flows where attention goes remember? And so it’s very important to practice serenity.
I like to be very realistic and practical so I’m going to take real life examples.
Suppose you draw water from the well with a bucket, in order to use the cleanest part, you’d have to wait for the water to settle down so that the rudiments will sink to the bottom of the bucket and then you can be able to use the upper part of the water after which you throw the remaining. Right?
In real life, our mind is often active and moving. We can’t help it. This mental movement and activity causes a lot of fear, anxiety etc. Sometimes we can’t help the situation because we don’t have control over certain things. But amidst the chaos, we can be still for a moment and find a place of peace in ourselves. We can allow our mind settle down in order to get the best of it. It is practising serenity. Making our lives more peaceful. Sieving sound from noise, and maintaining your sanity.
In this post, I’m going to share 7 Practical ways to make your life more peaceful. Let’s dig in…(excited much)
• Declutter your mind:
Purge your mind of all the unnecessary things renting a space in there. Let them go. Forgive yourself, forgive others. It’s not about them, it’s about you. Your peace. This is very crucial for you to move forward. If you let your mind be filled with somuch (e.g. Hate, bitterness and anger), you’d be holding yourself from growth. Declutter!!! Less is the new more.
The more things you own, the more they own you.
• Live in the moment:
Finding serenity would mean living in the present. Letting go of the past, taking each day as it comes and enjoying the moment. If you’re sound enough today, you can take on tomorrow. When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.
Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and soak yourself in the moment.
• Commit to really awaken the peace within:
Being peaceful with yourself is a deep intention. It’s not just about the quiet moments and meditation. It’s also about when you have your personal combats. It’s about maintaining that connection with peace even during those hectic and trying times. Instead of reverting to the old self of warring within yourself, you gently remind yourself of your journey to personal peace and calmness from within. It takes commitment and deep conscious efforts.
• Do more of the things you enjoy:
Whether hiking, cycling, reading, playing games, listening to music, etc. whatever it is you enjoy doing, do more of those things. When you do the things you enjoy doing, a river of joy flows through you. You’ll be happy, you’ll love yourself even more, and you’ll enjoy life more better.
Cheerful keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.~ Joseph addison.
• Set personal boundaries:
Know your limits. Set your principles. Setting personal boundaries helps protect your inner peace and also helps you practice self love and self care. It is necessary for maintaining a positive self image. In setting healthy personal boundaries, you know what to accept in your life and what to live out. It enhances your self-esteem and self-worth.
• Use positive affirmations:
Affirmations are a great way of helping us believe and affirm to ourselves. It helps us to make positive changes in our lives. They strengthen and give us hope and remind us of the potency of the words we affirm. This awakens our potentials and consciousness to the validity of those words. Affirm positive things to yourself and nourish your mind with serenity.
• Avoid perfectionism:
The theory of perfectionism strives to foster success and happiness. But in real life, it rarely does. The need to be and appear perfect does more harm than good. Avoiding criticism and trying to impress everyone, etc. Don’t get me wrong. It is very good to aim high. Infact, you should shoot for the stars! The higher you aim, the better for you. But don’t be afraid to be yourself, to set your own goals and define your own success. Put in your very best at all times and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s part of growth. People are usually afraid to unleash themselves because they think they don’t measure up. They aren’t as perfect as that model on the magazine cover or as intelligent as that genius. They see others as “perfect” while they criticize their own self. The truth is, no one is perfect! Mm-huh.
Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good. ~ Johnny Miller.
Within you is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat anytime~ Herman Hesse.