How Do You Find Inner Peace?

Point Reyes Beach Meditation

Article by Wendy McCance

I have often wondered how people find inner peace and how many have searched for it to begin with.  The reason I wonder is because I see so many people who fly through life with little thought toward the movements they make each day.  Others seem to dwell in a place of complacency or have given in to a level of misery that I could never tolerate living with on a day-to-day basis.

I have experienced my share of trials and tribulations, but throughout it all, have looked for the silver lining.  I wasn’t satisfied to live without happiness or a chance to have quiet time to reflect, rebuild and reconnect.

So, I wonder, what do you do to find your inner peace?  Do you even think about it?  Do you actively work on it?

I have embraced alone time in a way few people I know could stand.  They would get bored without the entertainment of something to do or by having others around to keep them occupied.  They are social creatures who need constant motion.  Maybe that’s their way of finding peace.  I just don’t know.

I am able to completely tune in to the way I feel and relax fully when there are no distractions.  I like the quiet and the solitude.  I can hear myself think. It’s these moments that I am able to unravel the parts about my life that I would like to improve.  It’s how I can find time to enjoy what I have and the quiet gives me an opportunity to feel peace and contentment.

Life is so busy and getting a moment where you can sit in a quiet place and enjoy your surroundings without interruption is such a gift because honestly, who has the time anymore to just be?

I’ve always been a big fan of reading, listening to music, taking a walk or a bike ride and even just sleeping in. I’ll sit on the porch with a cup of tea or glass of wine and enjoy the sights and sounds around me.  It takes very little to bring vast amounts of peace and tranquility into my life.  I have learned to appreciate the little things and crave the small stuff when life gets hectic and seems to spin out of control.

These days, yoga is my new vice.  I also want to learn meditation and am fascinated with learning Buddhist culture.  You are given such little time to learn such vast quantities of information about the way the world works, how to appreciate your surroundings in the most minute detail and live the fullest life possible.  I want to know as much as I can possibly learn.

Someday I will be at the end of my life and it’s impossible to know when that day might come.  I hope when I get there, I have no regrets about how I spent my time.  I hope I radiate inner peace and happiness.  No matter what, I know I will feel contentment from being aware and trying to fit it all in.

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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3 thoughts on “How Do You Find Inner Peace?

  1. Hi Wendy — We share the same ideas on what inner peace is to us. For me, I guess it’s something that’s been there with me throughout my whole life going back as a child. It’s been a process in trying to figure out what it is and discern it, then apply it. I’m getting better at it.

    I think as you go through the different stages of life, inner peace is always there for the taking but the world around us has different demands. It can sometimes take awhile to experience it with what is going on in our lives and appears to be illusive.

    Now, at this stage of my life, things are much quieter and I can be there more often and feel it. Sometimes, all it takes are the birds chirping to feel my connection inside to inner peace. Other times, I’m just painting my pine cones and the light will cast a certain way or a breeze will blow and I’m right there again.

    The challenge is to know and feel it when there are distractions and going about our daily business. It’s still there the same. Just takes the choice for us to turn our attention to it.

    Hugs and hope you have a great weekend, Wendy. Interesting topic. 🙂

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