9 Simple Ways to Create a More Peaceful Life



We have had a number of weeks focusing on goals, success and preparing yourself for 2014. Now, I think it’s time to share some tips for finding peace in your life.

Life is all about balance. Being productive and achieving success is one half of the equation but there is an equally important other half and that is finding peace in your life. I’m pleased to introduce a lady named Solony who embarked on a journey of self-discovery in Kenya when she took part in a Meditation Fellowship. She believes that meditation has opened a new chapter in her life and now wants to share what she’s learned about living a harmonious life. Take it away, Solony!

Peaceful Life


Enter Solony

Living in peace is about living harmoniously with yourself, others, and all sentient beings around you. Living in peace is both an outward and an inward process. Outwardly, it’s a way of life in which we respect and love each other in spite of our cultural, religious, and political differences. Inwardly, we all need to search our hearts and minds and understand the fear that causes the impulse for violence. In continuing to ignore the rage within, the storm outside will never subside.

While you will find your own meaning of a peaceful existence according to your beliefs and lifestyle, there are some basics that cannot be overlooked. Here are the steps which can help you to discover your journey towards living in peace.

 

1. Seek to love, not control others.

Ceasing to seek power over people and outcomes in your life is the first major step to living peacefully. Trying to control people is about seeking to impose your will and reality on others without stopping to see their side of things. A controlling approach to relationships will keep you in conflicts with others. Replacing a will to control with a broad approach of loving others instead, including their faults and differences, is the way to a peaceful life.

 

2. Find Your Inner Peace.

At least once a day spend ten minutes in a peaceful place, such as under a shady tree or in the park, anywhere where you can sit quietly without distractions. Without inner peace, you’ll feel in a constant state of conflict. Trying to fill your life with possessions or improving yourself by social climbing without stopping to value your inner worth will leave you perpetually unhappy. When you’re angry, find a nice quiet place to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. Turn off the TV and computer. Get out into nature if possible, or go for a good, long walk. Put on some soft music or turn down the lights. When you feel calm again, get up and go on with your life.

 

3. Moderate your convictions.

Thinking in absolutes and holding to opinions without considering the viewpoints of others is a sure way to live a life without peace. This type of extremist thinking usually leads to reactive, hasty, and driven behavior that lacks the benefit of reflection. This approach can easily lead you into conflict when other people fail to agree with your convictions. Remain open-minded and ready to review your understanding. It’s more rewarding because you’ll grow as a person and live in greater harmony with those around you.

 

4. Be tolerant.

Tolerance in all that you think and do will make a difference in your life and in the lives of others around you. Tolerance for others is about appreciating diversity, the plurality of modern society, and being willing to live and let others live too. When you fail to tolerate others’ beliefs, ways of being, and opinions, the end result can be discrimination, repression, dehumanization, and ultimately violence.

 

5. Be Peace.

A peaceful person does not use violence against another person or animal (that includes small obnoxious insects too). While there is much violence in this world, make a choice to not let death and killing be a part of your philosophy of living.

 

6. Reflection of thought.

If someone hurts you physically or mentally, do not react with anger or violence. Stop and think. Choose instead to respond peacefully.

 

7. Seek forgiveness, not revenge.

Live in the present, not the past. Dwelling on that which should have been and reliving past wounds will keep the negativity of the past alive and bring constant internal conflict. Forgiveness allows you to live in the present, to look forward to the future, and to let the past settle gently. Forgiveness is the ultimate victory because it lets you enjoy life again by making peace with the past.

 

8. Live in joy.

Choosing to see the wonders of the world is an antidote to violence. It’s hard to be violent against that which you see as beautiful, wondrous, amazing, and joyful. The greatest despair arising from wars comes from the destruction of innocence, beauty, and joy. Joy brings peace to your life because you’re always prepared to see what is good in others and the world, and to be grateful for the wondrous aspects of life.

 

9. Be the change you wish to see in the World.

Violence starts with your acceptance of its possibility as a solution. It’s within yourself that you need to stop violence and become peaceful. Change yourself before you can change the world.

At the end of the day, living in peace will be your own conscious choice. You’re free to choose your own path, but whatever way you go, keep in mind that all your actions will affect those around you.

Author Bio: Solony embarked on a journey of self-discovery in Kenya when she took part in Peace Revolution´s Meditation Fellowship. She believes “Meditation has opened a new chapter in her life” and now wants to share what she’s learned about living a harmonious life.

 


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Comments

  1. says

    Love these, Brendan! Right in line with an old marketing axiom…”Think like your prospect.” When we get empathy, we ease up on our judgment of others. We also become damn attractive to them. Thanks for this. :)

  2. says

    This list is pretty much everything I aspire to be! I could always use some reminders on where I want to be. It is so easy for me to get caught off track with all the distractions in my life – I think I need to hang these up somewhere to look at every day as a reminder!

    • Solony says

      Janine,pin it up in your bedroom because whenever you will wake up or go to bed it’s the last thing you will always see which will always wake your mind up and even when someone tries to hurt you,you will have somewhere to relax your mind and clam down.

  3. says

    Hi Solony,

    When you mentioned ‘controlling others’ I had to do a double-take. It’s not that I’ve been wounded by others, (or am guilty of it myself…. I hope not); but it’s not something I hear a whole lot of people talking about these days. And in relation to creating a more peaceful life— if we miss this, we miss the whole enchilada.

    Love and forgiveness— this world is in desperately short supply of these precious commodities. No wonder why our world is at war, and we’re lacking this wonderful peace of which you share about. Perhaps the leaders of this world would do well to visit The Start of Happiness site every once in a blue moon.

    Great article. It’s really got me thinking.

    Aloha,

    Robb

    • Solony says

      Robb,it’s we to build up this world and make people understand that in whichever someone does wrong there has to be forgiveness. And if that of our leaders check this I hope it will help them to stop controlling others and forgive those who fight them.
      Otherwise thanks so much Robb
      I know together we can make this world a beautiful peaceful place to leave in.
      Stay Sabai
      Solony

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