Inner Peace, Stillness and Meditation
Inner Peace, or stillness, is like a quiet reservoir of peace, tranquillity and contentment, that’s already within you, though you may have forgotten that it’s there!
A huge part of Spiritual Awakening is about experiencing a Profound inner stillness, or inner peace. I like to use the word stillness, as I think it provides an accurate picture of what you start to feel inside as you begin to explore who you truly are.
Regular meditation practice is a great way to begin to explore this inner stillness. I recommend taking just a small amount of time each morning, perhaps 10 minutes, when you can have some quiet meditation. Meditation is actually very simple. My own definition of meditation is this: sitting (or lying) quietly and observing your thoughts.
It’s so important that you practice daily. Building a daily habit is important to accomplishing anything in life, and it’s no different when you’re trying to explore the depth of who you are through meditation!
Spend just 10 minutes each morning sitting, or lying in a silent place. After a few weeks you’ll begin to feel a growing sense of depth not only in your meditation time, but also in the background during your daily life activities.
What is inner peace like?
Inner peace really needs to be experienced – there’s not much point talking about it. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best to put into words what inner peace feels like to me. A good way to point this out is with an analogy.
Imagine being aboard an ocean liner (I really hope you’re not afraid of water if you’re reading this! But it’s just a hypothetical situation anyway!). You’re aboard an ocean liner in the middle of a vast ocean. You’re the only one on the deck, and the ship isn’t moving. The staff are on a break, and the ship is stationary in the middle of the ocean.
Whichever direction you look, all you can see is the open expanse of the ocean. You feel very safe, as this ship is extremely strong and well-made and has stood the test of time.
It’s the perfect temperature for you. It’s nice and warm, but it’s not so hot that you’re overheating. There is no wind, and there are no discernible waves from the deck of this gigantic ship.
It is very peaceful and quiet. There are no problems out here in the middle of the ocean. No deadlines. No phone-calls. There’s just you and the vast expanse of the ocean.
In this space, your mind is able to relax. There’s nothing for it to try and arrange or sort out, and so it begins to relax. All that remains is your awareness of the deck that your feet are resting on and the vast expanse of the ocean around you. You are deeply alert and aware of your surroundings, and you are totally calm.
This is what it feels like when you find inner peace
Can I really bring inner peace into my job?
Yes! You can! I have successfully brought inner peace into my work, which involves a fast paced commercial environment. It is quite wonderful to learn to respond out of that deep inner peace when liaising with your colleagues. It takes practice, but the practice is extremely simple. Just begin meditating for ten minutes, every single day, without missing a day, and gradually a feeling of inner peace will begin seeping into other aspects of your life.
It’s not complicated, you just have to do it!