Some people assume inner peace is some fantastical, unattainable dream. How about you? Do you think of serenity as exclusively the domain of the robe-wearing mountain-top dweller?
Have you dismissed the idea of obtaining inner calm and decided to carry on regardless? Danger Will Robinson!!
Maybe you have overlooked the importance of stillness, calm and serenity to your happy life? If so, you had best look again. Happiness and prolonged stress do not mix. If you wish to be happy, the first thing you need to do is lock stress out of your life, and invite in stillness, calm and serenity.
Sounds like a big job, huh? But it isn't.
To obtain inner peace all you need to do is choose to regularly spend enough moments in the company of the inner you, and pretty soon you will realize that stress has become a stranger.
It really is that simple! There are no mountains to climb, no goals to attain, no pushing, shoving or achieving.
The way to inner peace is simply to use your moments wisely. Five minutes twice a day could have you on the road to inner peace starting now.
Just find a comfortable, quiet spot to sit, loosen any restrictive clothing and ensure you won't be disturbed by phones or other devices.
Take a deep breath, filling your lungs to capacity - hold that breath for a count of four, then gently release the breath to a count of four. Repeat. Now let your breathing return to normal and on every out breath, starting from ten count backwards by one. When you reach zero start again at ten counting backwards on each out breath. Do this for five minutes morning and night, increasing the time gradually.
It sounds too simple to be true - the treasure of inner peace for just a few minutes regularly each day - but I promise the pot of gold really is at the end of this simple rainbow.
We all have the same amount of moments in each day and week, it's how we choose to use them that sets us apart.
Unhappy people tend to use their moments chasing external things that they think will make them happy: money, the best-looking partner, material possessions with which to impress other people.
Happy people tend to use their moments making themselves feel good - by meditating, exercising, creative pursuits, serving others, indulging their close relationships - all these things make them feel good. And feeling good leads to happiness.
So consider how you are spending your precious moments. Do you think it might be worthwhile allocating a few each day/week to allowing your inner self to emerge?
Inner peace is vital to a happy life and so simple to acquire!