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Finding Peace of Mind in a World That is Rarely at Peace

Updated on June 6, 2015
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My greatest passion is empowering others to improve their quality of life and achieve their goals by choosing healthy thoughts and habits.

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The Dilemma: How Do You Live In a Crazy World Without Going Crazy Yourself?

The world is a crazy place. There's no denying that. Whether you watch the news in the evening, or just like to peruse social media to relax your mind after a hard day's work, it is impossible not to get a little bit caught up in all the negativity in the world.

Most people go through their days feeling pretty stressed. Whether you are working a full-time job, going to school, or honorably serving as a full-time parent, each day is full of activities and duties that can pull you physically, mentally, and emotionally in all different directions and rob you of your peace of mind.

By the time the work day is finished most people are desperate for some kind of activity that allows them to just turn off their brains and relax for a while.

Fortunately, it is possible to find peace of mind even when you are living in this world of chaos.

All it takes is a little bit of conscious effort to get the rest and relaxation you are looking for.

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Be The Change You Wish to See In the World

Mahatma Gandhi is the wise and inspired person who said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone actually followed this advice?

Most people would prefer a peaceful world to the type of world that we live in. I truly believe that. There might be a few exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, most people just want to live in peace and get along.

Unfortunately, there are far too many people who wish they lived in a more peaceful world, but don't think they have enough influence to really make a difference in this effort.

It's easy to underestimate the power of one person to really make a difference, but just like a the rippling effect that can be caused by a single drop of rain, one person's influence can reach out much farther than most people would imagine.

You might not be able to stop all of the wars in the world on your own, but you certainly could have a loving and forgiving heart and stop the small wars and contentions that go on within your home, your work place, or your neighborhood.

You might not be able to take all of the negativity out of the media, but you can make a practice of cutting out the gossip from your own conversations and focusing on sharing uplifting and inspiring news with those you communicate with.

Don't get discouraged by the enormity of bringing peace to the world. You will do well to remember the advice of Mother Teresa who said, "We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

You are one important drop in the ocean when it comes to bringing peace to the world. As you pay close attention to your decisions and actions, you can be the change you wish to see in the world.

As you strive to make peace with the world, you will be amazed by how much peace enters your own life.

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.

— Mother Teresa
How much peace would we experience if we openly gave the kindness that we are all seeking from others?
How much peace would we experience if we openly gave the kindness that we are all seeking from others? | Source

Follow the Golden Rule

Most people grew up being taught some form or another of the golden rule which states that we should treat others the way that we want to be treated.

This simple little piece of advice can make a huge difference in the amount of peace you experience throughout your day.

When you are sending out good into the world you are more likely to see and experience good in the world.

You can call that karma, the law of attraction, or whatever else you would like, but as a general rule, it's true.

People are more likely to treat you with kindness and patience if you treat them with kindness and patience.

Even when this isn't the case, if you can choose to forgive people freely in the way that you hope others would forgive you freely, you will be able to feel peace even in the most difficult situations.

Give people the benefit of the doubt, assume good intentions, and if you know that offense was absolutely intended, choose to forgive anyway.

After all, are you ever truly able to feel peace when you are holding a grudge against someone?

Religious leader, Gordon B. Hinckley, once said:

"How difficult it is for any of us to forgive those who have injured us. We are all prone to brood on the evil done us. That brooding becomes as a gnawing and destructive canker. Is there a virtue more in need of application in our time than the virtue of forgiving and forgetting? There are those who would look upon this as a sign of weakness. Is it? I submit that it takes neither strength nor intelligence to brood in anger over wrongs suffered, to go through life with a spirit of vindictiveness, to dissipate one’s abilities in planning retribution. There is no peace in the nursing of a grudge. There is no happiness in living for the day when you can “get even.”

Even if someone else is horribly rude to you, you can experience peace knowing that you responded in a civil and polite manner and particularly knowing that you were able to offer love and forgiveness rather than holding a grudge.

Give people the benefit of the doubt, assume good intentions, and if you know that offense was absolutely intended, choose to forgive anyway.

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Take Some Time to Slow Down and Breathe

We are all human, and it really is essential to take some time to slow down and breathe every once in a while.

Too many people spend their days, and even most of their nights, running from place to place trying to get things done without ever taking time to give their minds and bodies the break that they need.

No matter how essential your activities are and how busy you are, you can certainly take some time out of your day to slow down and relax.

Many people have found that meditation is a great way to bring peace of mind into a hectic world.

This might sound crazy if you have never tried it before, but just taking some time to focus on your breathing and making a conscious effort to slow your breathing brings an abundance of inner stillness. The video below does a great job of walking you through this exercise.

I know that there are some people from a Christian background that think meditating is kind of a foreign if not completely strange concept, but being a Christian myself, I still find it to be a wonderful way to find peace and calm as I focus on my spirituality.

If you are looking for Christ-centered guided meditations, there is a great one here.

Personally, I find great inner peace by maintaining a practice of regular prayer and scripture study. There's not a day that goes by when I haven't spent significant time communing with my creator.

I'm saying this with the understanding that this idea might not jive well with everyone, but it has been extremely beneficial in my own life.

If you aren't the praying and scripture studying type, I encourage you to at least take some time to ponder about how the universe has blessed you in your life and carve some time out of your day to expose yourself to something (sacred text or otherwise) that is inspirational and uplifting to you.

Find peace right now with this relaxing breathing exercise!

Are you so busy waiting for the rainbow that you forget to be grateful for the life giving rain?
Are you so busy waiting for the rainbow that you forget to be grateful for the life giving rain? | Source

Fill Your Heart With Gratitude

One of the best ways to reclaim your peace of mind is to bask in an attitude of gratitude.

Sometimes people are so surrounded by stress and chaos that it is easy for them to forget about all of the good things that they have.

All it takes is a little bit of time and focused concentration on the many good things that you have to send all your fears and worries away and recognize that your life is absolutely wonderful and amazing.

Even those who have relatively little can choose to have gratitude. Gratitude is more about what we feel than about what we have, and inevitably choosing to feel gratitude will lead you to feel more inner peace.

Religious leader, Dieter F. Uchtdorf points out that we have many great reasons to be grateful no matter what our circumstances. He words this especially nicely in the following quote that is one of my favorites.

He said, "We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?"

As you fill your heart with gratitude and choose to recognize all the wonderful blessings that are available to you, you will find greater peace even in the middle of your trials.

You will discover that even when you are living in a crazy world, you can choose to embrace a peaceful sense of contentment inside.

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Separate Yourself From the Chaos Of Your Job Every Once In a While

Some people feel like they have to stay at the office all night or even bring their work home with them in order to feel like they are being productive and living a meaningful life of contributing to the world.

While there are going to be periods of time when this might be a necessity, there's definitely something to be said for setting your work and stress aside every once in a while.

It is very likely that you are making a great contribution to the world through your work, but you might discover that there is more for you to give if you just separate yourself from those responsibilities even for a brief amount of time.

Whether you spend an evening doing something you really enjoy, a week of good solid vacation, or even a few minutes doing some of the meditative practices described above, it is essential to your peace of mind that you separate yourself from your work from time to time.

What kind of peace could you find if you took some time to unplug and enjoy life without technology?
What kind of peace could you find if you took some time to unplug and enjoy life without technology? | Source

Take Some Time to Unplug

Some people appear to be addicted to the news, television, and social media. They feel like the only way they can stay connected with the world is to always be caught up on the new drama of the day.

These technological outlets may seem like a good way to relax, but in a lot of ways the negativity that they bring into your mind can bring you more turmoil than peace.

My challenge to you is to disconnect yourself from the media for a while, even if only for a day. Make a plan to fill your time with meaningful activities that don't involve technology and see how that makes you feel.

Many people are so dependent upon the technology that surrounds them that they feel like they can't survive without the internet. They are intimidated by the idea of unplugging for even a brief amount of time even though it would probably be good for them.

In fact, many of the people who feel this way would probably discover that rather than just surviving, they end up becoming much more active participants in their own lives as they separate themselves from the technology that has such a tight leash on them.

It turns out that sometimes it's beneficial to disconnect from the constant drama of the world so that you can reconnect with yourself. You might even find that as you get more in tune with yourself you are able to better tune in and connect to those around you as well.

This quiet time away from technology might be just what you need to bring more peace into your day and into your life, but the only way you will ever know if it works is to try it out.

Make some time in your schedule to completely unplug and see what kind of a calming influence that brings into your life.


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My challenge to you is to disconnect yourself from the media for a while, even if only for a day. Make a plan to fill your time with meaningful activities that don't involve the media and see how that makes you feel.

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Participate In Activities That Support Your Physical Health

Sometimes we get so caught up in all the things going on around us that we forget to take time to do things that support our physical health.

Many people fail to make a connection between how they are doing physically and the way they are feeling mentally and emotionally, but our bodies, minds, and spirits are all deeply connected.

You've probably noticed that when you are tired you feel a lot more stressed than when you are not. This is one simple example of how the way you take care of your body can affect your mind.

Doing simple things like getting enough sleep, participating in a regular exercise program, and making healthy food choices will help strengthen your body which in turn has a positive effect on your mind.

It might sound crazy, but try it out.

You might discover that after a long and crazy day, going for a run brings you more peace than sitting down in front of your video games or spending hours on social media.

In Summary: Simple Tips for Finding Peace of Mind

  • Be the change you wish to see in the world
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Take some time to slow down and breathe
  • Fill your heart with gratitude
  • Separate yourself from the chaos of your job every once in a while
  • Take some time to unplug
  • Take care of yourself physically

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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      Thank you for your comment, your vote up, and especially your additional insight.

      I truly believe that every commandment the Lord gives us is a huge blessing in our own lives, both temporally and eternally, if we choose to be obedient.

      There's a reason we were told to forgive seven times seventy times. It is a great way not only to show love and mercy to others, but also to bring healing to our own souls.

      What better way is there to get to know Christ than to forgive others as he so graciously forgives us?

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Yes, Becca, you are right, this is a very stressful world. It seems it's getting worse instead of better, I don't remember this much stress when I was a young girl. You have a lot of good advise, but one thing stuck in my mind about forgiveness. I have learned over the years that to forgive is more for ones self then for the other person. The other person may not even care but when you forgive, it lifts a weight off your soul and heart that can harm you. In turn God forgives us of our sins. Thank you for all your work on this hub. Voted up.

      Have a Blessed Easter.