WWW #29: Inner Peace

Today’s Topic: What it really means to achieve inner peace.

Inner peace is defined as having psychological or spiritual calm despite past, present, and future stresses. It’s being certain of your place in the world and knowing that no matter what comes your way, you will be able to rise above any adversity and weather any problems. Having inner peace has become increasingly difficult in the modern age, though it’s not entirely impossible. There are many ways to achieve inner peace, though the act itself takes work and effort. Those that seek it need to be prepared for the long, hard road ahead.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever had true inner peace before in my life, or if I have how long I was able to sustain it. That’s not to say that I don’t strive for it. I’d love to have sustained inner peace, but I feel that there are times in my life where it’s just not possible. There’s nothing I’d like better than to just sit back at the end of a long day and feel content with my life and the choices I’ve made. Though I’ve been able to feel such before, I might not be the kind of person that can make such a feeling last.

The steps to achieve inner peace can be as complex or simple as the person trying to calm themselves. It’s said that you can achieve inner peace by resolving all current issues in your life, accepting everything that’s thrown at you as it comes, being peaceful instead of problematic, moving past issues and problems of any size, and being truthful to yourself and those around you. Though that may seem like a lot of work, the reward certainly seems worth the trouble.

I’m not going to lie – I’m on the fence in regards to my opinion about inner peace. On one hand, it’s a wonderful concept that makes me strive to live my life to the fullest by letting go of the small things and focusing on the bigger picture. On the other hand, it seems like an easy way to ignore or avoid conflict in your life at all costs to stay happy. Some of my best work and ideas come from the times when I’m at my lowest. I don’t know if I’d be willing to give that up to live a stress-free life.

In order to grow, we need to be pushed. If a person had all the money they could ever want, a nice home, nice family, and everything else they’ve ever cared about, they might just give up on all dreams, aspirations, goals, and resolutions they would otherwise be working towards. Inner peace seems quite similar in the respect that it allows people to circumvent their stresses in order to feel better about life. If a person feels good about their life and where they currently are in it, why would they ever want to change?

I may just be a masochist, but I need struggle. I need chaos. I need stress. I need to know that my life could fall about the second I stop caring about it, or else I will eventually stop caring. It may seem weird to those who feel like they’re drowning in stresses, but the stresses and worries of my life are the liferaft that carries me to shore. Only by working together with my problems and issues can I hope to make it to my goal.

Conclusion:

Inner peace can provide an amazing head space for a person to grow and develop. It can also be an oasis for someone that has allowed the stresses from their lives to dictate how they live and how they feel. Although inner peace can be a great reprieve from pain and suffering, many believe that being a human and being alive means a little pain and suffering every now and again.

What are your thoughts on inner peace? Do you strive to obtain it, or are just happy when it happens naturally for however long it lasts? Let us know in the comments below! I’m curious hear your opinions!

Happy reading, writing, working, and living!

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