Finding Inner Peace is Possible

I never knew I wanted peace so badly not until I experienced so much turmoil and chaos inside of me. The arguing voices inside my head were making me crazy. They drained me emotionally and physically. I began to lose pounds. Sleeping was a difficult task. Eating too. The comfort room became a haven of sorts for the tears to fall while I muffled the sobs lest someone would hear me. It was exhausting having to pretend it was okay.

I wanted out! I just wanted my heart to stop hurting! I wanted to stop feeling! I wanted to numb whatever pain there was. And the mind to stop thinking! The anguished cry escaped my lips, “Please, God, please make the pain go away. I don’t think I can bear it anymore.” In between sobs, I would whisper, “Please…hug me please?”

And my Father in Heaven, in Her tenderness holds me close and surrounds me with His compassionate love. And I get my spiritual hug. Amazingly, the sobs subside as the pain in my heart is soothed. Love is shared. Peace descended upon me and time stood still.

God whispered to me softly, “I love you. You know that don’t you?”
“Yes,” I whispered back.
God’s love always calmed me then. I actually didn’t have ready solutions to my problems and yet, the love that I received helped me to get up and get moving once more. But what surprised me was when I was ready, the answers came. Just like that.

This scenario occurred a lot of times when I was in my early twenties. Amidst the pain, somewhere deep within me a knowing came. I knew that peace is an essential ingredient in order to live a joyful life. I wanted peace of mind. And I knew I needed to find my balance. I was off balanced during my younger years…the time when I was still lost and very much afraid of life.

Let us be bold enough to ask this billion dollar question to ourselves.

Am I experiencing peace in my life right now?

  • Yes I am
  • Sometimes
  • No I'm not
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If the answer is a resounding yes, then good for you!

If the answer is no, the question continues.  How do I experience peace in my life?

It’s All About Your Attitude

We live in the world of “If’s.” 
If I have more money, then I’ll be more peaceful. 
If I am married, I’ll be more peaceful.
If I am able to pay off the house, I’ll be more peaceful.
If I have a new car, I’ll be more peaceful.
If my in-laws will just leave me alone, I’ll be more peaceful.
If I can buy a good amount of insurance, then I’ll really be more peaceful.

If you live in the world of IF’s, step out and start accepting what is in your life right now! 

Accept what is in your life without judgment.  
Accept that life is filled with uncertainties. There are no guarantees.  
Your house might burn down.  A loved one will die.  You may lose your job.  Someone will betray your trust.  It will be painful. You will grieve.
And yet allow yourself to move on.
Allow yourself to enjoy life.
Be happy.
Be happy in finding solutions creatively.
You tell yourself, “Okay my life has challenges but I know I’ll be able to handle it.”
When your friends forget your birthday, call them and tell them, “It’s my birthday today, would you like to greet me?”
Stop moping around.
Desperation doesn’t work
Life remains a struggle while you insist it’s a struggle.  
Allow things to unfold.  
Rejoice in the unfolding…in the discovery…in the learning…
Get a life.  
Live life.
Stop moaning, complaining, or whining that life is ugly and bad.  
You’ll get more of that.
And it isn’t ugly and bad.
There is much of life that has to offer you.
The question is…”Are you ready and willing to accept it now?”
Change your attitude.
You will find your peace.

Develop the Habit of Relaxing Your Mind

Let me tell you of a Native American story that has been circulated for awhile now.

An old Cherokee once told his grandson: “A terrible fight is going on inside me. A fight between two wolves. One is evil. It represents hate, anger, envy, jealousy, self-pity, resentment, guilt, greed, arrogance, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It represents empathy, love, joy, hope, kindness, compassion, generosity, truth, faith and serenity. This same fight that’s going on inside me is inside every other person too. Even you.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied, “It’s the one that you always feed."

What thoughts are running in your head constantly? Remember the one that you always feed the most will prevail.

You would be able to immediately sense who in the crowd has peace of mind. They radiate peace simply because they have decided to be peace. And so they create wonderful, beautiful habits.

Peaceful people pray. They honor the Divine and acknowledge the goodness within them.

Peaceful people meditate. They take the time to pause for awhile and smell the flowers or watch the sunrise or sunset. They take the time to walk on the beach or savor a meal. They have learned to be still and silent and find sanctuary in that stillness.

Peaceful people know that in order to find balance one needs to go within so they are able to see outside of themselves.


Find Your Balance

I have discovered that when everything is okay deep within you, it is so much easier to live life.  I just stopped struggling.  I was able to let go of the fear and start trusting.  I started to heal.  And the pain started to recede.

I learned to laugh more.  Give more.  I allowed myself to receive love.  Receive care.  Allow people to love me and take care of me.  I danced and cried.  I sing in the showers.  I teach.  I pray.  Oh I pray a lot.  God’s love has always strengthened me.  I’ve learned to forgive and forget.  And I remembered to allow the child in me to come out and play; to hug and smile and believe that the world is a beautiful place to be.

Being peaceful doesn’t mean being passive or worse, sleepy.

Balance or peace of mind is our source of inner strength and power. It means being able to align ourselves with life rather than fighting life.

Peaceful means seeing the broader picture and not getting stuck up on the little things like inconveniences.

Peaceful means finding stillness amidst the noise of my mind which is reflected unto the world.

I would like to dedicate my 50th hub to Peace. Peace must begin within each of us so that we could go and share peace to other people around the world.

"Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening."--Elwyn Brooks White


Peace be with you.

By: Michelle Simtoco

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I feel better already.


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

Living in a world of hurriedness not everyone wants peace. They like turmoil, but if you want peace there are 3 steps.

1. Desire - the desire to try - change from where you are to a more peaceful life.

2. I Can - the next step that confirms "I can change" doing things that you can see desired results from.

3. I Will - you now have made a commitment. The desired change you know you can do will now be done.

The power of affirmations, changes everything.

Thanks for the great hub...


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

That was awesome ripplemaker! You are so right, we make our own experience, we can choose to be peaceful or we can worry, which never changes anything.

I like the story of good versus evil that you recounted. Actually that was the title of my first hub. This story is very relevant as we struggle with so much negativity. Its great to be able to have peace, even in the chaos.

Thanks for such a powerful article...


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

How beautiful, the words, the photos and the message, Awesome.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

You cannot be more right - peace is not just passiveness - it is passive only if it is needed -peace is also creative balanced activity, it is the highest blessing which soul can achieve on this planet. With peace in mind - or ability to the connect with peace in the chaotic times, everything else can be achieved more easily.

Heling helped me as well to achieve peace, it was not easy, it was going step by step.

Many thanks for this beautifull hub, words of peace are always needed.

Congratulations for your 50th.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Peace Sister! And Congratulations on your 50th hub!

Stepping out of the world of 'IF' is huge. Stepping out of 'Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda' is another one worthy to leave behind!

As the ancient parable reminds us; we cannot pour new wine into old wineskins; bad thoughts must be left behind before peace can enter in!

I'm wishing you be clothed in Peace today and always! {hug for you sis}


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Teresa, glad to have made you feel better. :-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi rb, duly noted that not everyone wants peace. Sometimes we thrive on the non peace...hahaha but it can be exhausting. Peace within can truly change perspective and allow us to savor life. I'm all for it. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to achieve peace. :-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi DynamicS, thank you... I will surely find the time to read your hubs. And in the meantime, let us find our peace amidst the chaos... :-)

Hi Hawkesdream, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.  It is always wonderful to see you. :-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Tatjana, creative balanced activity.. I like that. And yes peace is not being passive nor sleepy. :-) I liked your sharing. Healing to our way of peace was by no means easy and twas step by step for me too. But it was all worth it. I am happier now... :) And so are you. Hugs...


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dottie, I saw your comment (4 minutes ago) when you wrote it. LOL Are you still online? Anyhow, thanks for inspiring me with your 50th hub. Reading about why you love Hubpages made me just peaceful inside. And it was so timely when I also stumbled on PaperMoon's request to write hubs about peace. :-) All is well...

I clothe myself with peace...how do I look? :-)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

You look sweet and peaceful and beautiful :) Glad all is well!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Thank you for this beautiful message. I am glad that you could find peace. Thank you for sharing in the Hubs around the world unite for peace.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Ripplemaker congradulations on your 50th hub. Sometimes, maybe, we dwell on ourselves too much and that inward thought becomes self involvement. We need to reach outside ourselves to find peace within. Thank you for all yur lovely hubs, Ripplemaker, you are a special lady.

oh, am I am linking to this hub on my peace hub.


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

very truefromone commenter. Not everyone wants peace, they like chaos and being busy. I ,however, do seek peace. Great Hub.


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Wow I've thought I just came from a recollection, a retreat and a yoga session rolled into one. This is just so relaxing! Peace be with you teacher Michelle. Congrats on your 50th hub! =)


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

If HP was Middle Earth, you're definitely the Light of Earendil. Keep on giving out light :D


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

This made my eyes wet because you have a spiritual maturity that I resonate with; the story of the wolf is one I needed to read right now. I experience peace, but being human, I have moments when I feed the wolf. I believe Source/God/Divine gives messages through each one of us, and you just delivered one to me, and its not the first time. Thank you for this reminder!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks Dottie. LOL I guess peace looks good on us huh? You look good too! :-)

Hi Paper Moon, twas a beautiful idea you gave all of us. Thank you for honoring my hub with your comment and presence. :-) Let peace reign in our hearts and in the world.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dolores Monet, how precious your words are. I delight in it. And thank you for linking my hub to yours. I am on my way to read it now... Loving peace to you my friend. :-)

Hi ocbill, you love peace too? Great! You are in good company. :-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Charia, retreat, yoga and recollection? Wow, I made you relaxed! Your comment brought a big smile to my face. Yes it's my 50th hub. The hubchallenge brought me to 50. Hehehe Thanks for reading this one. Peace to you... :-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi CrisA, you say such inspiring words! :-) Now I know why you bring light to my day. ((hugs))

Hi VioletSun, and the more we give, the more we receive as well. Learning from one another is a beautiful, wonderful, marvelous growing experience. And I continue to celebrate that everyday. Peace ... :-)


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

P eople

E verywhere

A nswering

C ollective

E ngagement


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fishskinfreak2008 7 years ago from Fremont CA

Very good tips. Thumbs up


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

I love the way you have highlighted the reasons we are deprived of peace as individuals. Its true that we should learn to accept what we are presently blessed with, it really does tends to make a huge difference in a person's feelings & attitudes.

A very inspiring & heart touching hub!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Someonewhoknows, you do know about peace :-)

Hi fishskinfreak, thanks for the thumbs up :-)

Hi greatarcher, I agree with you.  The more we appreciate things, everything just changes.  Thanks for taking the time to comment. :-)

I wish you all peace...


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lyla 7 years ago from India

What a beautiful hub..Ripplemaker.I just loved the way you blended God's love,attitude,meditation ,prayer and balance to have peace.Amazing hub!:)Thanks for sharing .


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Iyla, and you beautifully noticed the balance of it all. What a lovely soul you must be. :-)  Thanks too for sharing all these.  It truly encourages and inspires me. 


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am fortunate enough to have witnessed how you are able to create balance amidst the chaos and come out wearing that peaceful smile. It is at that very moment when pure love shines. Peace:)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello! Hello! Hello! Dayzeebee, I'm so happy you finally found the time to read my hubs. Squishing you with a big big hug...LOL Well, you for one have seen me in my chaotic mood and glad to have wade out to a peaceful state. Peace to you angel Daisy! :-)


JohnAnderson 7 years ago

Wonderful Hub, I'm glad I came accross it. If more people thought this way, The world could be a better place. keep up the great work :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello JohnAnderson, it would, wouldn't it? Peace to you brother. Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a wonderful feeling of peace. :-)


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streetsmart 7 years ago from San Francisco, California

This is really a powerful hub. I smiled when I finished reading it. Looking forward for more inspiring posts from you. :)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Streetsmart, awwww that made me feel really good inside. Thank you for making me smile too. And that brings me so much peace... :-)


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Tamarii2 7 years ago from NEW YORK

EXCELLENT WORK.READ THROUGH TO THE END WANTING MORE.THANKS.ENJOYING YOUR WORK.PEACE.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Tamarii...that is such a wonderful comment...thank you for reading the whole article about peace. Peace be with you too :-) Take care...


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

I have to say I found that totally wonderful, the honesty at the beginning about yourself was something lots can relate to. peace is there for the taking for anyone who wants it, great hub.... Brenda x


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Your 'if' and 'attitude' is it for me- my constant learning process. And the knowledge of, I guess what I would call 'Divine watchcare' makes all the difference, even when I am in turmoil. Wow! Thanks for great words!


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cobraski 7 years ago from Maryland

Great hub!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Powerful hub, Michelle Joy...

It is uplifting and full of blessings and wondrous vibes!

I am so glad I am following you...You are a great asset, my kaibigan, Salamat!

Peace be with you Always!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and blessings galore,

Al


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Brenda, Frogyfish, Cobraski and Al, thanks for dropping by and commenting on this hub. To peace...

Al, so you have now used the Michelle Joy name hahahahaha

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