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5 Ways To Cultivate Inner Peace

5 Ways To Cultivate Inner Peace

Over the past week, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience frequent moments of deep peace while walking my dog, running errands, and in particular, talking to strangers. One thing I’ve come to learn is that peace comes from within. This means you have total control over how much peace you experience and attract into your life.

Peace is a feeling, experience, and way of being. It can’t be bought or sold. It can’t be forced on you or taken away from you. Peace is yours to be experienced no matter what is going on around you, no matter where you are, and no matter what you own. Peace lives in our hearts and is our natural state of being. Sometimes we just need to go back inside to find it again.

The key to experiencing more peace in your life is to create a mindset and lifestyle that eliminates fear and allows peace to easily enter anytime. Here are five mindsets and tools you can use to bring about more inner peace to your life.

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1. Peace is the knowing you are always loved and supported

Peace comes from the inner knowing you are never alone and are always loved and supported. Whether this is felt through your family, friends or your perception of god, knowing you will always be looked after removes fear of security and excess worry.

A good way to reinforce this mindset is to take note of three to four challenging events you experienced, while having no idea at the time how to overcome them. Then list what support and miracles arrived that allowed you to move forward and arrive at where you are today.

2. Peace is believing the world is for you and not against you

You either choose to believe that the world is for you and supports you or you believe the world is against you and live your life in resistance. You either trust the flow of life or fight against it through control and fear. By believing the world is for you, you not only attract more positive situations into your life, you also know during every challenge there is a big light at the end of the tunnel.

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Being grateful for what you ‘do have’ on a daily basis, rather than being consumed with what you ‘don’t have’ shifts your reality into a more positive experience. Taking back your power in this way brings a a greater sense of peace and trust into your life.

3. Peace comes from the realization you are more than your mind

Studies reveal the human mind has up to 70,000 thoughts per day, with 70% of them being negative. Basing our reality, happiness, and sense of peace purely on our thoughts sets us up for stress, worry, and feeling unfulfilled. Connecting to deeper parts of yourself such as your heart and intuition can provide a more peaceful sense of reality. It also allows you to stand back from your thoughts and take action to cultivate more positive and useful ones.

As your breath is directly linked to your mind, the fastest way to tame fear-based thoughts is by slowing down your breath.

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4. Peace comes from connecting to the deepest part of yourself

As peace comes from within, it can be felt more strongly when you connect to your true self through your inner guidance system. Your inner guidance system is forever trusting and ever knowing everything is exactly as it should be. It understands you are on a journey collecting experiences of both challenges and joy along the way. It doesn’t show fear or have worry without faith. It holds trust and surrenders to the flow of life.

Aligning to this part of you not only brings about increased states of peace in daily life, it can also draw you to more peaceful situations and people.

5. Peace comes when you stand still

Peace is your true nature, your prayer, the language of your heart, your purpose, and your destiny. Clearing away whatever is in the way of you connecting to this part of you, will be bring a deep sense of peace to the surface and become your focus. Meditating, taking silent walks in nature, and being totally present during an awe inspiring sunset are all ways to engage with peace.

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Stand still, so the peace can find you.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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