I've been so undecided as to where to pick up and what to write about so i thought it best to wait until it hit me. And it has. We are going to talk about the road that is most sought out by everyone. The road that everyone travels and so little really understand what its all about. Yes, we are talking about the road to inner peace. Now, I don't pretend to have all the answers lol. There's nothing high and almighty about me. I'm really just a chic on her own journey, learning, figuring it out as i go along and trying to teach those who will listen about what I've learned along my way. I struggle just like all of you. I hurt. I get confused. I cry. I laugh. I fall. I get back up. I learn. I love. What may possibly make me a bit different is... i love every second of it. I've grasped the concept that life is a classroom and that every single little thing has its purpose. So i know that when i fall, there is something for me to learn there. And i know beyond a shadow of a doubt... I WILL ALWAYS GET BACK UP. And because I at least know that much, it inspires me to write and teach and tell you all about it. Because maybe, just maybe, someone out there will have an easier time with whatever they are going through. And if that happens, then I've accomplished what i set out to do.
Before I go on, I first want to say... Please excuse my writing style:) Because, well, i don't have one lol. What pops into my brain is what pops onto my computer screen so sometimes i may jump around and go off on a tangent about something in a completely different direction, and most likely i will have some typos but that's what makes me perfectly imperfect:)
Getting back on track... the first thing i want to say about inner peace is... its not something you can find in a place. OR in a person. It's not a building you can vacation to, etc etc. It's something you find inside, and only inside yourself. It's yours. It's your most personal possession. And your God given right. You have the right to feel inner peace. We all do. But how do we get there and stay there and exercise that right whenever we need it and apply it to our everyday lives. Again, i don't have all the answers but I'd like to tell you about the things that i do know.
Within all of us lies a very special sanctuary. It's our gift. We were born with it. It's what makes us happy babies and then we get older and we start to lose it because, life happens. Inside this sanctuary holds vast amounts of knowledge... wisdom. It's what some of us know as our "higher self". It's that place inside us that nudges us in the right directions and keeps us going when we feel down or discouraged. It's the place within us that noone or nothing can disrupt. It's the place that we can visit and reside in no matter where we are in the world or who we are currently surrounded by. It's the place where not one ounce of negativity can tarnish or even penetrate. This place is all knowing. This place is God's gift to us. It's our link to Him, to the world we left behind to come here and learn and grow. It's our link to Home. So whether you are in a hard relationship or surrounded by hard people or behind prison walls.... this place lives in you. We all have that. Noone is without that sanctuary. And in order to visit it, you must first know it exists. And now you do.
Life is a 3 ring circus filled with lessons. So ofcourse it can be easy to lose track or to seem to veer off course. But see, there is really no such thing as veering off course. Because there is always something to learn. And if you can remind yourself of that, then it will be that much easier for you to plunge through and keep going. Every experience we encounter is getting us ready for what is yet to come. I find such a strange beauty in that. Find the beauty in every encounter, every hardship, every trial, every confusing moment. It's there. It does exist. Never forget that. Ever. And when you cant find it, have faith it is there.
Another very important idea to grasp is knowing that you cannot please everyone and you can only be yourself. Not every person in your life is meant to appreciate you. Not everyone will get you. Not everyone will even love you the way you deserve. But everyone and i mean everyone, has been placed in your life to teach you something. And its usually to teach you something about yourself, which are always the most difficult lessons to learn. It's not easy to look in the mirror sometimes but the more we do the more honest we are with ourselves. Noone will ever ever get anywhere by lying to yourself. Accept yourself for who you are. And what you have to bring to the table. And what you have to show the world. And "whatever" to the haters. There is always someone who will try to snatch your happiness and your peace for reasons, that in all honestly, have absolutely nothing to do with you. Nothing at all. It's just not always about you. There are people in this world that will be HELL bent on picking you apart and tearing you down and shredding you to pieces. Sometimes we don't even know its happening. Sometimes its an acquaintance and sometimes its someone we love with all our hearts. There are people in this world that are so lost and confused and in their own internal pain that they need to downgrade others to make themselves feel better. And usually they aren't even aware they are doing this. Again, Know this... ITS NOT ABOUT YOU! It's about them. They don't need to sing your praises. They are going through their own thing. Its their journey, not yours. You focus on you and don't worry about where other people are at. These are the people you pray for. They need light. It's ok if they don't get you. And that is really hard to grasp i know. But its the truth. Not everyone needs to get you. It's ok. Just embrace who you are and never pretend to be someone or something you are not. When you live your life as you, the people that are meant to travel this journey with you will naturally present themselves. And sometimes people we thought were in it for the long haul turn out to be... lessons learned. And that's ok too:) Be you. Because whoever you are, you are absolutely beautiful!! So everywhere you go, BE YOU!! SPREAD YOUR LIGHT EVERYWHERE AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE YOU MEET! When you are you, you are peaceful...
Next, share the love!!! We are not meant to hold on to all our good stuff. When you learn something, share it. That's how the world evolves. If you have something constructive to say, say it. Share it, don't hold back. We are meant to teach. So teach, and your students will find you. But remember please, negativity is not constructive. So please do what you can to vanquish that and NOT spread that around. The energy we give off is contagious. Very contagious. So be mindful of your mood and your words.
Do things that inspire you. What makes you tick? What makes you excited? What makes you happy? What inspires you? When we do things that give us inspiration we naturally inspire others. We can change lives that way without even trying. We have to do things and have things in our life that make us happy. Even if it is merely the possession of our own thoughts. Material things are not that important. Some ofcourse are necessary but we can get by so much better if we simply hold pleasing thoughts, rather than own pleasing materials.
Remind yourself as often as possible and as often as necessary of all that you have learned. Check yourself. Notice where you were and where you are now. There is always progress to be noticed and valued. And when we notice an accomplishment we feel that much more peaceful about where we are now.
Value.... value everything. Take nothing for granted. Be grateful for the piece of paper you write your thoughts on and the food you put in your mouth, the car you drive or the bus you take or the legs God gave you to take you from point A to point B. There are so many people who have it worse than you so never take anything for granted. Value every breath you take. Value every sunrise and sunset. Value every person. Every lesson. Every morsel of life. Value the journey. Notice the journey and be grateful for it. Because when you notice the journey it becomes that much more enjoyable to travel.
Pray and meditate often. Remember, praying is talking to God and meditating is listening. And every relationship needs to have a two way street. We can not hear our answers and guidance if we do not pay attention for it. Know that you are never alone. Even if you feel like it. You are never alone. God and the angels are always all around us, carrying us on their wings and walking besides us when we are at our lowest moments. Remember that as often as possible.
Know that there is a heaven and we do not cease to exist when our physical bodies give way. We simply evolve. We are all energy and energy does not end.
Try to practice what you preach. It does take some getting used to and i'm not sure we all can always practice every little thing 100% of the time because after all, we are human, not perfect. But what matters is that you keep trying. That you keep reminding yourself of the lessons learned and keep pushing along. And hey, sometimes we will have to fake it till we make it and that's ok too. Sometimes the more and more you pretend, eventually you realize you aren't pretending anymore. You realize that it's really happening. You really are the you that have been striving to be. And always look for ways to improve. Don't get me wrong, always appreciate how far you've come but try not to get to settled into one version of you. There is always something we can make better, something else to conquer and learn.
Oh, another very important thing. Apologize when you do something wrong and always always always forgive. Forgive others for what they have done and forgive yourself for what you have done, or not done. Remember none of us are perfect and we will absolutely make some choices that will not be the greatest. Learn from them. Forgiving doesn't mean we are condoning poor behavior or poor acts, it means we are setting ourselves free from hate, sorrow and negativity and allowing ourselves to embrace the feeling of joy and happiness. Throw away all that does not serve you and make room for the good:)
And above all else, when everything in the world seems to completely come crashing down and you cannot make sense of a single thing around you.... remember this.... trust your journey. Trust your path. Follow your path. Remember again it is all happening with purpose and you are not alone. Never ever ever abandon your faith. Even if its the size of tiny little seed, a mustard seed as they say. Trust that God has put you exactly where you need to be and that you will soon see a light.
So, the journey to inner peace involves knowing all these little things that allow our inner sanctuary to build strength and become more obvious to us and easier for us to visit. You already have all the tools necessary to live a peaceful life. It's just a matter of remembering them and putting them to use. Practice makes perfect. Always try your best. Always share your smiles. Always fall. Always get up. Always find the beauty. Always have faith. Always share your lessons. Always love hard. And always remember... you are enough!!
I hope this has given some of you food for thought and maybe has even made sense to some. These are just some of the things I've learned in life and I have no doubt the best is yet to come. Follow your path and enjoy your journey:)
Blessings, love and light...