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Finding the Peace Within You

What a crazy time this is? I'm sure you've heard that by now plenty of times. Well, indeed, it is a crazy time out there and our world is certainly not the same as what it used to be. It seems that we base our lives on updates now--- in fact, I find myself saying to my boyfriend, more frequently than not, any updates on the news? Anything different? I am not even a "news" person. That's one channel we try so hard to avoid sometimes in my household because it seems like all it is, is bad news. Granted, I do care about what is happening in the world but I don't like to spend hours watching the news, it isn't healthy. But in times like these, one of the hardest things to do is finding our inner peace and really holding onto that for the rest of the day. In other words, I am not talking about finding your inner peace in the mornings when you meditate and THAT'S IT.....I am talking about holding onto that peace within ourselves for the entirety of the day. If you are living in these times with much more stress, despair, the feeling of being lost or not knowing and wanting to know what the future holds.... that peace is very hard to keep up with. The truth is, with many things right now, there is no saying what will happen or how it will happen. This is what I call living in the unknown.

I have been inspired by our current state of affairs to share with you all some techniques and tips for which you might find helpful in finding that peace within you. For starters, everyone is different so the results may vary from person to person but there is no "ONE" right way to discovering that inner peace within you. Regardless, I would love to share with you my TOP THREE tips of finding my inner peace which I incorporate into my daily life in hopes that it may help you or someone you know:

Tip #1: Taking your time to wake up every morning

Don't rush the process of waking up or reach quickly to pick up that phone to check your Facebook or Instagram. Take your time waking up and give your body that time to wake up every muscle and nerve within you. As you wake up to tackle the day, remember that your body is what will help you throughout the day if you help it first. So next time, before rushing out of bed, either set your alarm a few minutes earlier or if you have the time, take an extra 5-10 minutes after waking up to sense and notice your body's state of feeling. Are you hurting anywhere? Is one area of your body feeling tired? etc. When doing this, I don't feel rushed in racing to do everything on my checklist but rather approach my day with great peace knowing that I feel good and ready to start my day!

Tip #2: Drink or eat whatever it is you drink or eat first thing in the morning and savor every moment of it.

As you take your time to wake up your body and nourish it, chew slowly, and grow in awareness of your surroundings. Giving yourself the time to make your tea or coffee is of essence especially if you have all of your electronics turned off (TV, Laptop, Cell-Phone) etc. This alone almost forces you to have that moment to yourself for yourself. It is about having that breakfast or cup of coffee with YOU! This is usually my personal power time because this is my part of the day when I think about everything that I wish to accomplish for the day and when new and exciting ideas begin to visit my brain.

Tip #3: Deep breathing while spending time with nature.

Reserving my time in the day to spend time with nature is crucial to me. Whether it's 30 minutes or an hour, this is the time where I tend to reflect on my present and my future. Spending time with nature is not only healing for your mind but it is a true healer for the soul. Nature has given me the gift to feel my emotions more closely than I have before. While taking in that moment with nature, make sure you are taking deep breaths so that you allow your body to really feel that fresh air and cool breeze. That alone is very powerful because it helps bring you ease, perspective and overall good health.

So with that being said, I encourage you to try some of these tips and techniques and feel free to share with me what worked for you and what differences you've noticed since then. I can't wait to hear all about it!

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