“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Whether you live like Royalty, or in abject third world poverty, within each one of us resides a sense of wonder, a spirit of intrigue for our surroundings. It’s very easy to miss the miracles if we don’t really pay attention to the awesomeness that is all around us.
Humans must work at not falling into complacency. If the opposite of love is not hate but indifference, then the opposite of awe is apathy.
Most of Western Culture believes that to cultivate inner peace we need to accumulate the finer things in life and then we will experience a fulfilled life. It may seem counter-intuitive, however, living on less and being grateful is fulfilling, not the other way around.
It is absolutely possible to cultivate inner peace through specific daily practices (ebook on Removing Negative Thoughts coming soon), even during times of challenging life circumstances.
4 daily practices to help cultivate your inner peace:
1 – Exercise
Running, climbing, walking, swimming, and lifting weights are excellent ways to exercise. Exercise causes your body to release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body that gives you an energized and peaceful outlook on life. Typically, the best way to start feeling positive quickly for your motivation to give the mind peace, the best boost comes from exercise.
What are some of the exercise activities you find beneficial?
2 – Practice Gratitude As A Way of Life
Make a list each day of everything you are grateful for. You can write it down or just run through the list in your mind. You can create a ritual each time you go for a walk or run where you grant gratitude for the wonders of your body.
Practicing gratitude is not just a positive thinking exercise, but more of an awakening to all of the good that surrounds us continually.
What are you grateful for at this moment?
3 – Alternative Meditation
Meditating doesn’t have to be limited to sitting in a specific position with your eyes closed. There are many different types of meditations you can practice. Have you ever tried a walking meditation? When you walk, let your senses soak in your surroundings. Listen with heightened alertness to all of the sounds around you.
This works especially well if you can walk in the woods and avoid the sounds of a busy, vibrant city. Take notice of the sounds of your feet walking on different surfaces. Walk at a slow pace that is and measured so that your mind doesn’t become goal oriented.
What other types of meditation do you use?
4 – Fix Your Eyes On The Beauty Around You
All around us there are wonders that we fail to notice. The act of alert attention that looks for beauty will awaken you to be filled with awe and be inspired. Paying full attention on your surroundings will immediately trigger the deep workings of the soul where peace and intrigue reside. Take notice of even things that seem small and give it laser-like focused attention for a few moments.
Let yourself feel the beauty you’re observing as it will change your state and keep you grounded in your inner being.
Where do you find beauty daily?