In our society, we have a very strong work ethic which is great in some ways, but has consequences in other areas. We work on average 40-60 hours per work, often going from one task to the next with anxiety. Our lives are filled up with activities, relationships, goals, aspirations and tasks, creating a busy, hectic and anxious environment to live in.
Because of this busy culture we live in, people usually describe peace as a relaxing place to live but, associate it with laziness or place they can only go on Sunday. This is not true. Peace can be motivating, inspiring and a healthier place to do all your activities, have relationships, accomplish goals and be successful! All it takes is a little recognition and a five-minute-technique to get there.
How to find Mental peace: 5 Minute Technique
1. Recognize Your State of Mind: stop and ask yourself if you are in a peaceful state of mind? If the answer is no, then you are ready to activate your peace.
2. Breathe: Take 10 deep breaths, in through the nose on a four count and out through pursed lips on a four count, one breath equals one in and out cycle. Imagine breathing in peace and exhaling all that you do not want.
3. Visualize Peace: close your eyes and develop an image of peace. Hold that for one minute and then come back to the moment. You can then use this visual anytime to activate peace.
4. Value Peace: see this peaceful state of mind as the point of your day and take it with you everywhere you go. Ask it to walk in front of you and observe what happens. Placing a value on a virtue like peace helps your mind understand its priority in thinking and will begin to release the ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) that take us away from our peace.
Practice this sequence throughout the day and notice what happens in you. Peace can be the essence of your journey, if you let it!