What does internal peace mean for you?
Does it mean a place of sanctuary where you can come home from stressful situations and find that place of safety away from the ‘cares of the world’?
Does it mean a place where you can be yourself without the facade many of us wear throughout the day so that people won’t know how we really feel?
Or is this place (often our home) one more place where we need to defend ourselves from the ongoing onslaught of anger, hostility, and power games that are so often the measure of our lives in the 21st century?
The dictionary defines internal as having to do with or situated inside of the body, or relating to or existing within the mind.
Peace is defined as a state of calm and quiet; freedom from disturbing thoughts; and an agreement to end hostilities.
For the purpose of this article, I will combine these two notions and define internal peace as the integration of our thoughts and feelings culminating in a state of tranquility and harmony.
One of the most important keys for this tranquility and harmony, or ‘peace of mind’ as it is often called, is to honor our emotional nature and find methods to express our feelings in appropriate ways that allow us to release them.
Learning to deal with and release negative emotions is crucial to your mental health. Developing these skills takes time and practice, so today’s email will be the first of a 2 part series…
Practical Steps to Releasing Emotions
1. Learn to listen to yourself.
Many of us have been harried for so long that we are out-of-touch with how we feel. A situation will present itself and we will ‘flip out’ and find it unbelievable that we have lost control. This actually results from a build-up of emotions that we have not been aware of.
2. Accept responsibility for your feelings.
No one makes you feel anything; rather you choose how you think and feel based on what you interpret the situation to be. Blaming others gives away your power and when you feel like a ‘victim’ you react with anger and resentment.
3. Find a ‘safe place’.
Look for relationships and places where you can express your feelings without the fear of judgement. Talk to a trusted friend or counselor and release the emotion.
4. Accept yourself.
You are not supposed to be perfect. Learning to accept yourself with all your strengths and weaknesses creates feelings of peace within. It IS about you
5. Don’t judge yourself.
Judging yourself means thinking you have to be perfect and creates feelings of not being ‘good enough.’ When you feel inadequate, you judge yourself harshly. No matter what you do, it will never be ‘good enough.’
Take the time to include these habits into your daily routine. Remember you are worth it! #iCheer4you #POMPOM
Give the gift of freedom and peace for Mother’s Day! Schedule a “Self First” call for yourself or someone you love today!