We are constant wanderers. Both on the inside and outside. We find hard to concentrate on a task for more than a few minutes, and feel the need to escape our routine when it becomes too much. We’re connected with — and deeply influenced by — the environment that surrounds us.
Everything that happens around you influences your mood, and has the power of lifting you up or pulling you down. Depending on the people that surround you and the events you come across during the day, you may feel jittery, anxious, happy, joyful, stressed. What happens on the outside changes your inner world, in that limitless spiral of bonds and connection in which we’re all involved.
What if you start believing that your inner world may change your surroundings? If you try to look at things from this perspective, new and exciting opportunities may come on your way.
Sometimes, you rely too much on external sources of well-being. I’m not saying you don’t have to give credit and listen to your teachers, mentors, and all the people who care about you. What I want to point out is that by doing that, you often forget an undeniable fact. Who knows better than others what to do in every situation? I, myself.
When asked for advices, a friend of mine used to smile and wisely answer: listen to your heart. I believe she nailed it!
Find inner peace everywhere
To find peace and inner balance means also being comfortable with yourself despite of where you are.
For many years, I related inner peace to monastic silence and absence of distractions of any type. To make it short, I thought that only a peaceful environment could bring inner peace. Lately, I’ve come to realize that the actual peace comes when we’re able to stay calm and present even in the middle of a turbulent, noisy, and energy-draining environment.
You often postpone healthy practices such as introspection, meditation, fasting, or prayer because you tend to think that you’re not in the right place to do that. You don’t live eternally and can’t wait to go to a hidden place in the Himalayas or to a monastery to start practising self-care and spiritual practices. Don’t wait any longer. Take care of your inner balance. Do it for yourself, do it now.
And, if it’s needed, go through the storm, whatever that means. If you are in an energy-draining environment and all you want to do is to escape to an utopian place of peace and serenity, please, don’t leave. Stay there, be resilient, become stronger. Find peace and happiness there, where you can see only chaos. Transform your surroundings.
Find your balance right now and right here.
Originally published at http://thegoodvibesrevolution.com on November 7, 2020.