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Inner Peace

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 26, 2014, 6:43 AM

Inner Peace

As we live through our day to day lives we all experience stress at different levels. It is not that we have stress that makes us different from one another it is how we deal with that stress. Do we let it flow through us, taking note that it is passing or do we let it control us?

For the majority of the people out here on DA I feel it is the later that rules the roost. All of us have experienced stress and major loss in our lives. But how do we deal with these bits of stress when they occur? Do we let them pass through us or do we let them take charge of our minds driving us to produce even more stress. It can be an endless cycle if you let it.

The easiest way to deal with this stress is to quiet our inner voices that try to make us panic. Yet this can also be the hardest way of dealing with it as well.  It is important to remember that our biggest enemy in this monitoring of stress is our own inner mind. The inner voice that all of us have, tries to predict what will happen in our lives. But this inner voice is lying to us, it has no idea what is going to happen. There is no possible way that our mind can predict what will happen in our future.

But how do we quiet that inner mind? How do we develop the feeling of peace and the knowledge that we are safe? Below is one way of working to achieve this inner peace. It is a simple but effective method.  In future news articles we will discuss other methods.  We will talk about our daily practice of these methods and how they can help us to achieve inner peace and calmness, regardless of what is going on in our day to day lives.

 

Breathing

Breathing, yes breathing can be a very effective way of calming our inner voice. It can help us to achieve inner peace and it is something that can be done no matter where you are. This portability and availability makes it one of the most potent methods of calming ourselves.

When you notice stress and panic coming on simply stop where you are and sit down. Close your eyes lightly and take a deep breath. Hold it while you count to five and release it all at once through your mouth. You will notice that some of the stress will leave out with the sudden exhalation of the breath.

Next I want you to inhale slowly and count to five while you are doing so. When you get to five, stop your breath for a second then slowly exhale to the count of five as well. Once you have exhaled stop your breath for a second and then repeat.

While you are doing this I want you to monitor your thoughts, don’t try to stop them, just notice them. Now in the most polite way you can, simply tell these thoughts to come back later. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend if you were consoling them.  Just be polite with yourself and don’t worry about these thoughts. Now is not the time to think about things, now is the time for you to concentrate on your breathing as we breathe in and out slowly to the count of five.

Continue with the breathing and continue to dismiss your thoughts as long as you need to until your stress level is relieved. Don’t worry about doing this exercise correctly, there is no right or wrong, there is simply the breath and the quietness of your mind.

As you do this simple meditation thoughts will crop up from time to time, don’t worry about them simply dismiss them and breathe.

I have found that doing this exercise at times of high stress and at regular intervals in the morning and evening for even a few minutes’ helps to reduce the stress we feel. If you practice this exercise for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening you will find that the inner voice in your head will quiet down. After you have put it aside it will not have as much power over you and you will develop inner peace.

Most important is to practice being nice to yourself in your day to day life. You will make mistakes, we all do. But when you do don’t get frustrated just calm yourself with the breathing exercise and let the feelings and frustrations wash over you like the current in a river.

We will talk about other methods in future issues of Inner Peace. Please fave this article and feel free to share this information with your friends and family!

 



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Well where to start....
Well, lets see, first My father met my mother then the stork dropped me down in the cabbage patch. But my father being a busy farmer did not notice me for a couple of months, during that time I was raised by wild boars... Then the Ufo's came and here I am..... Wait, that's not correct...

Okay, lets try I grew up on a rural farm in Iowa, joined the army, traveled the world for 12 years then ended right back in Iowa. I currently reside in Hiawatha, Iowa where I work full time at the Ottsen Oil Company and write on the weekends.

I like photography, painting, writing, hanging out at the coffee shops and my friends. I never seem to have any down time as I always have projects in the works. Even now I am writing one novel and two short stories at the same time whilst playing my drums and guitar.

Life is for the living and I am getting some living done!

I have several years photography experience. I started taking photos when I was seven with my grandmothers old brownie camera. I bought my first camera of my own when I was 12 and have never looked back. I also love to work with 3D programs and photoshop. I have used Illustrator and several other graphic programs as well. As always if you have a specific question on any techniques that I may use please send me a note or leave a message and I will get back to you with the answer if I know it.

Currently I am still using a Cannon 30D (one tough camera!) Digital camera and I am planning on purchasing the 50D later on for my work.

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