Do you find yourself waiting?
For an opportunity to relax?
For things to calm down so that you can too?
For the pandemic to be over so you can start to let go?
For the world to stop being on fire so you can take a sec and regroup?
For your to-do list to be done so you can finally exhale?
Chances are you’ve been waiting a long while, and peace comes and goes by chance.
A quiet moment here.
A beautiful view.
A cup of tea.
An hour reading your favourite book.
These things come from time to time, but the question remains…
How do we cultivate inner peace in a world so full of chaos and confusion?
There’s a quote above my toilet that inspires me daily. It goes:
“Peace: it does not mean being in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means being in the midst of these things and still being calm in your heart.” – Anonymous (which I’m pretty sure means a woman wrote it 😉 )
I share this quote often during yoga classes. It’s happened a hundred times or more. We set the stage by finding a quiet room, playing soothing music, and maybe even lighting a candle or two. The group settles in and the unwinding begins…only to be interrupted by the sound of a jackhammer outside. WHAM! Relaxation gone. Stillness gone.
People tell me they’re so distracted and they can’t relax with all the commotion.
And the commotion is real these days, isn’t it? I mean, there’s the existential noise that’s constantly running in the background. For many people, there’s a real and imminent fear stemming from social injustice, which is something you might be carrying every damn day. Things are A LOT right now.
If we wait for the perfect circumstances, we might be waiting forever. And, we’re missing a beautiful opportunity to cultivate calm in our hearts when the world is doing its own thing around us.
Of course, it’s nice to have spa-like serenity in your environment – nobody’s hating on that.
But if it’s not happening, maybe it’s time to allow the noise to be there, and connect to yourSELF anyway.
Because rest is vital. Your recovery is essential. Your wellbeing matters – especially now.
This is not about being chill at all times or tuning the world out so you can pretend that everything is blissful while it all burns down around you. Sometimes we need to get a bit fiery to feel motivated to tackle injustice, address a boundary violation, or do something outside our comfort zone.
When I talk to people who are out there in the world, working hard, raising children, starting businesses, dealing with health issues, trying to find themselves? It’s clear that the noise is draining.
When we learn how to access a place of peace inside, we learn how to restore ourselves. We learn how to come home to ourselves. We learn how to recover so that we can keep on getting out there and doing the damn thing.
What brings you back to a sense of peace on the inside, even when things are heavy around you? Share your favourite techniques in the comments below.
Ready to come home to yourSELF? The world needs you, and that means you need to feel SUSTAINED.
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My name is Brigid Dineen, and I am a Resilience Coach for Women on a Mission. Known for my deep empathy and grounded approach to personal growth, I have been teaching, coaching, and supporting women for over a decade as they learn to put themselves on the priority list. As the creator of Boundary Queen, I provide practical tools and strategies for self-care to help you reclaim your time, energy and peace of mind.
I believe in a world where wellbeing comes first – that includes the wellbeing of marginalized folx. I’m a fierce intersectional feminist, and this work is my feminism in action. Just so we’re clear, here’s where I stand:
Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, Climate Change is Real, Trump is Terrifying, and the Pandemic is NOT a Hoax.
I share these views here because you deserve to work with someone who shares your values, so I want you to know mine up front.
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” (Irish Proverb) Let’s take care of one another.