The pain of the challenges of daily life that human beings cannot escape make it imperative for us to seek inner peace for healthy living and well-being. The issue of inner peace, its nature and characteristics, how to find it and how to sustain it has engaged the sages and great thinkers for millennia. Throughout human history, from the Ancient Man and His pre-philosophic mind grounded in myths to the Modern Man who can bring the intellectual forces of reason, science and theology, rather than mythology to bear on the search for the pathway to attainment of the quest for a restful mind this has been a quest. Inner peace as a vital and desirable attribute for healthy living and well-being should not be confused with Happiness.
Inner peace should be a universal desire. Unfortunately, it is that vital aspect of the human experience that goes unaccomplished for many people because of the inability to cope with or find appropriate solutions to the vicissitudes of life.With inner peace comes contentment and true happiness, one that transcends self, immediate family, clan or community. Happiness, on the other hand, can be wrapped in features centered entirely on self and the immediate surrounding. Inner peace is the harmonious relationship between the mind, body and the external circumstances, rather than chaos. In this post, we will briefly consider 7 ways to seek inner peace for healthy living and well-being. While this is not all inclusive, I hope not would stimulate the reader to explore this salient feature of living.
- Believe that you are endowed with a unique talent or several talents by your Creator, and you can nurture the talent(s) to live a life with meaning and purpose. Ignore the naysayers. Do not let them affect your thinking, your emotions and your actions. Demonstrate moral courage.
- Do not get bogged down with”What might have been”. Learn from the disappointments of the past, live in the ‘moment’ and hope in the future.
- Be a committed life long ‘student’. Keep learning new things. This will help to keep your mind sharp even as you get older.
- Be not afraid to say no. If and when you are convinced you have done your own part and you have have given all you have to a particular situation or to individual(s) and the result is irresponsibility and failure on their part, over and over again, don’t feel bad when you decide to say no, even in instances where the involved individuals are very close to you. Be at peace with yourself.
- Do not react too high or too low to unexpected, or what you consider undeserved nefarious comments about what you did or did not do. In the same vein, don’t get too high with high praises. As much as possible, keep an even emotional keel and put everything in perspective.
- Your obligation is to the Supreme: “The One”. Although this is not an ecclesiastical prose, and there is no intention to convince any reader of this post about any Deity, I believe it is naive for any one of us, mere mortals to go through this ephemeral journey of life believing in the absence of an invisible Omnipotent Divine force. So, in that spirit, I will submit that nothing calms the soul more than obeying His statutes and satisfying Him (The Divine) as you seek inner peace for healthy living and well-being. While this message may resonate more with the practitioners of monotheism, many of the adherents of polytheistic faiths would agree that Reality goes far beyond that which is visible and/or graspable by any human.
- Eat well and healthy, keep moving, exercise and meditate. To maintain good health, do not lean on your own understanding or word of mouth. Check with your doctor.
So, what are the benefits beyond self when you seek inner peace for healthy living and well-being? Well, better relationships are fostered. More likely, there will be a tendency for you to think more about others and less about selfish ends, your contribution to society will be enhanced and this will further cement your inner peace and provides a restful soul. Obviously, this piece is not an all encompassing treatise on “inner peace”. However, I hope it gives the reader a useful starting point to ruminate about this existential human feature. If you can build on, and expand on these 7 points, I hope it will make a significant difference not only in your life, but in the lives of those around you and even beyond.
So, eat healthy, keep moving, exercise at least three times a week, 45 minutes to one hour per session, keep learning new things and you are on your way to wellness and you would avoid rust. The materials obtained through the links in this article can also enhance your effort to avoid both physical and mental rust. The ads on the right side of this page deal with physical and mental fitness, exercise equipments and tools, healthy diets, books on healthy living, wellness and wellbeing. Please feel free to check them out. Also, I look forward to your comments about this post.