Go inward. Get quiet. Be still.
The world makes that almost impossible these days. But to win at the game of peace (which is the game of you – the game of life), you have to be willing to walk away from the world for a few minutes to find inner peace. Here’s some ways to do that.
Turn off your television
Watch one or two shows – then shut that shit down. Move on to a book, a podcast – or nothing (my favorite). Reality shows in particular boast material possessions that make you feel bad about your own life for not having them. About 99% of the news is things you don’t need to know – and I hate to break it to you but they are not reporting what you need to know, they are reporting what they think will get good ratings.
Don’t pray for things. Pray for alignment with something greater than yourself. For your life path to reveal itself. For your (life) teachers to appear. For the fullest of your power and guidance to its use – in a way that you recognize. Pray that your life be used to benefit someone else other than yourself.
It’s not as hard as you think once you come to understand one certain principal. You are not your mind, you are the watcher of your mind. You are a spirit having a human experience. To quiet the mind, close your eyes and intensely focus on your next thought. Then release that thought and focus on the next thought. If you can see the thoughts appearing one after another, then you can stop them. That is meditation.
The amount of sleep you need depends on your own body – but I know I need at least 7 hours to operate well. 8 is better. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. The power of naps. The power of just shutting your eyes for 5 minutes.
What does present mean? It means focusing on one thing at a time. To practice staying present – in conversation with others try letting the other person finish telling a full thought before you start thinking of what you are going to say in response. It sounds easy but I can tell you it is not. Presence isn’t about hearing, it’s about listening. Not just to people but to everything around you.
Especially in the morning as preparation for the day – after or during prayer. This only has to take a few minutes. Some good books that will lead you down the path to peace are:
Spend time with nature, animals or children
What do these three things have in common? Acceptance. Trees don’t struggle to grow, they just grow. Animals are always in sync with the present moment – they don’t question why things happen or wish things were a different way. Children are a physical form of unconditional love – free from ego and judgement – they way we all used to be.
Listen to music
Nothing will release your mind like music. It has the magical ability to change moods, transform hearts and free minds in a matter of seconds.
You don’t have to run a marathon or deadlift 150 pounds. Even a short brisk walk will shift your energy – change your molecules – get you into a different headspace. I know when I do some type of exercise regularly I feel better, sleep well and have a better outlook on life.
Surfing is a feeling of freedom from the confines of everyday life unlike any other. The ultimate connection to nature. Not just physically to the water, but energetically to the rhythm of the waves. It’s also humbling. I haven’t found anything else like it.
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