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Cultivating Peace Within

Sometimes people tell me that they feel peaceful in my presence.  This got me thinking about how I come to this ‘peaceful’ place within myself.  The answer was simple:  I require lots of alone time to rejuvenate and refresh.  I am not a hermit by any means, in fact I love getting out and being social but sometimes keeping up with my children’s schedules and the pressures I put on myself as a business owner can run me down.  I don’t always feel peaceful.  It’s a feeling I have learned to cultivate over the years in different ways.

Here are 5 simple, yet powerful ways that I use consistently to keep me in the “happy” place.

  1. A simple morning ritual.  Setting my alarm a little earlier so that I can get up before anyone else is well worth the effort.  Sometimes all it takes is 10 minutes of quiet time to make a big difference.  I LOVE Roy Deleon’s Praying with the Body morning prayer rituals for this.
  2. Always have a journal handy.  Journaling has become one of the most empowering habits I have developed over the last 18 months.  All you need is a spiral notebook to keep with you.  When I am wrestling with decisions that need to be made or I just need to vent, my journal has become like a best friend.  When I tap into that inner wisdom that flows onto the paper, wonderful insights and ideas unfold.
  3. Take those shoes off!  My mother-in-law thinks it’s unladylike to put your feet in the dirt.  I actually prefer a nice mud puddle and I’ve heard rumors of those who like to sink their feet into a fresh manure pile!  Our  bodies benefit from the grounding energy of the earth under out feet.  Imagine sinking your feet into dewy grass as part of your morning ritual.
  4. Read some fiction.  Sometimes my mind has enough over analyzing and I just need to put my mind on something else altogether.  One of my favorite books is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
  5. Immerse yourself in nature.  No matter what the season, nature is a powerful teacher.  Take a walk or simply sit outside and watch, listen, breathe what is happening.  Imagine you are seeing it for the first time with new eyes.

How do you personally cultivate the peace within?  What works for you?

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