What does personal peace mean?
- September 24, 2022
Whenever we think about peace, the first thing that strikes our mind would be World Peace, freedom from disturbance/war, or calmness. Mankind as a whole has been striving to achieve from the very beginning. Everyone irrespective of their social status, ideologies, beliefs, or be it, world leaders, governments consider peace as humanity’s highest value. Not only world peace, but inner peace is also equally important.
Now, what exactly is inner peace? It can be defined as a state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors. Some might not resonate with this. That is because they misinterpret the true meaning of inner peace. Feeling calm doesn’t necessarily mean that one has a dull or passive life. On the contrary, it makes us conscious, happy, and alive every passing moment.
Personal peace doesn’t require calmness and quiet
Actually, different things might mean inner peace for different people. It’s not just simply about doing yoga or meditation. Or there is no need to hike a difficult mountain to sit at its peak to meditate, nor witness a breathtaking sunset with an ocean view in order to find your peace of mind. It’s absolutely no need to shut out all noises to find peace. In fact, some people might feel the opposite. It could be the noise amidst the chaos that brings them peace.
A few examples of what personal peace means to different people
Peace means when my time is my own and I can do whatever I want with it, Suchita says. For Aarthi, personal peace is when she’s at peace with everything (her and the world around her). This isn’t always possible, but whenever she manages to get to that state, it is pure bliss!
Personal peace means when things are in a balance, Mahak puts it simply.
Finding inner peace in mundane things
One can find inner peace in the least expected place. There are many ways to find peace. Doing something you love or something as simple as following a boring everyday routine may be where a few people find serenity. It definitely can’t be achieved overnight. It is an ongoing process. Some may find it earlier whereas for others it may take even a lifetime.
But how can people find peace in mundane things? In fact, if we notice carefully every one of us would have always been following a routine right from a young age. All these mundane things keep us doing. These small everyday activities we do slowly become a part of our life. Even though it may be irritating to hang the laundry up sometimes but an unexpected, cool breeze on a sunny afternoon could give us a moment of peace. There are these random snippets of joy we feel that help us find the preciousness in mundane tasks.
Here is what the people of our community think
My morning routine is sacrosanct, if anything upsets it my inner peace goes for a toss, Harshita shares.
I am a big fan of routines, despite the fact that my lifestyle has always put a dent in my routines. The existence of routines helps me not be a scatterbrain and function efficiently, giving me more time for self, when I can indulge in ‘nothing’ without guilt- Aarthi.
What does it take to protect inner peace?
There is no definite answer for it. What works for one person might not work for the other. Many a time doing what we love or being with someone we love can help us feel calm. We just need to be in our happy space, where we are free to do whatever, we want at that moment. For some people, their happy space could be their home or a park or it might even be an activity like reading, running, swimming, or anything. Sometimes taking a break to sort out our thoughts puts us in a happy and positive space.
Some interesting answers from our tribe,
Self-affirmations are a great way to stay at peace say Meenal and Sonal.
Helps take control of life
The journey towards inner peace and happiness is not that difficult. Most people would agree that inner peace is closely related to happiness. Once we are happy then it feels like being at the top of the world. If we happen to find our inner peace and perspective, then it is only a matter of time before what we really want in life. Then it would automatically be easier to take control of our life. If one person can do, then anyone can do it. It would be unrealistic to be calm and happy throughout the day. But some random moments of peacefulness, tranquility, and happiness we feel can make up our whole day.
Take up some “ME- TIME” out of the chaotic life and get peace of mind in your personal happy space.
And remember, “When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.”—Maha Ghosananda