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Peace of Mind--It's An Inside Job
How would you rate your peace of mind? What does peace of mind mean to you? Where do you find it? How do you know you have it?
Peace of mind is about being calm, uncluttered, and clear. Completing a project, knowing the bills are paid, and knowing the people I love are safe, these are some things that create peace of mind for me.
Peace of mind-- free of all the doing, all the mind clutter and all the responsibilities—just a-a-h-h…all is well and you smile.
Peace of mind can not find its way through mind clutter such as worry, frustration, overwhelm, or disappointment. Clearing out mind clutter is a necessary action for creating peace of mind. Getting our minds to slow down and quiet the chatter is a huge challenge for so many of us. Our minds actually produce 16,000 thoughts a day most of which are repetitive and negative; it's human nature and related to our conditioning. These negative thoughts are the source of our discontent. The good news is that they can be managed!
The best way to recognize negative thinking is to pay attention to our bodies. Stop for a minute and recall the last time you soaked in a hot tub, got a massage, or connected with nature. Now recall the last time you were stuck in traffic, late for an appointment or burned the roast. Can you remember how your body felt? The likelihood that you were calm and relaxed in the latter experiences is low. But if you were calm, your self talk was positive and you were looking for the opportunities in the situation. Therein lays the secret to creating peace of mind in any situation!
When we shift our perception, we shift our experience. Because we have no control over many circumstances outside of us, finding peace of mind is a true inside job. Choosing to see a situation differently is the key. Is it really the end of the world when we're late for an appointment? How many times have you been late and the person you were meeting on the other end was running behind as well. Try this mantra when you're running behind: "I have all the time I need."
Creating peace of mind isn't always easy; depending on the situation, it can feel almost impossible. Shifting our perception from "This is difficult." to "I can face this challenge with help." will automatically shift the experience. It's through our greatest challenges that we learn the most about ourselves. Make it a practice to find gratitude each day and peace of mind will be close behind.
Peace of mind, it's a choice. What will you choose this week?
posted on: 9/4/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.