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The Path to Inner Peace

Here are nine unconscious life beliefs that prevent us from experiencing inner peace. These beliefs inhibit us from being our true authentic self which in turn provides a sense of calm, a sense of peace and a sense of contentment.

The Path to inner peace starts with recognising these faults, and then consciously working on eradicating them. Meditation can also assists with the controlling of the mind.

"I must be doing something at the moment."

This is an extremely subtle idea that the majority of us do not even recognize we hold. It arises from our preoccupation with production and accomplishment and manifests as a persistent, itchy discontent.

Though our ego deceives us into believing we need this emotion to get things done, when we are able to let it go, we experience a significant reduction in anxiety and a deepening of our calm. Without the continual internal pressure that what we're doing in this moment is never enough, we're also lot more inclined to enjoy what we must accomplish.

"When I obtain my desires, I will be pleased."

Another cliche that I'm sure the majority of us are familiar with. Even while we recognize that we don't need things to be happy, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit.

To combat this, we must be conscious of when we feel the need for something in order to be happy. When we recognize that we are doing this, we can practice letting go of this need, if only for a time. The more adept we grow at doing so, the more naturally we will experience happiness in the present and the less our minds will dwell on concepts of the future as a source of satisfaction.

Finding inner tranquility is challenging.

This is yet another fallacy that hinders progress. Many of us feel distant from inner peace and venerate those who appear to have attained it. Due to this, we automatically assume that it is far from where we are in life and that we must embark on a long trip to reach it.

Perhaps we have read in literature that major changes in how we feel or act require years of rigorous training or some kind of pilgrimage. Oftentimes, though, it is letting go of the notion that what we desire is so far away and realizing that when you stop pushing so aggressively, you will begin to experience the peace you need. This process of turning your views on its head becomes the adventure itself.

''If I communicate my emotions honestly, others will perceive me as weak.''

As we grow older, we are frequently instructed to control our emotions. This is typical for responses deemed socially improper, like rage, fear, and melancholy. Though in many ways we are also taught to limit the extent to which we express delight and excitement. This causes us to feel as adults that sincere expression will be received with disapproval.

The irony here is that, despite the fact that everyone feels the need to be genuine, those who do so are frequently received with respect and adoration.

''If people knew the true me, they would not like me.''

This is comparable to the problem with emotional expressions. We conceal certain facets of our personalities, identifying ourselves publicly by what we reveal and privately by what we conceal. The truth is that you are significantly more than either of these stories, and people will flock toward you because they value authenticity.

''I ought to be happier right now.''

In our culture, social comparisons between individuals are overemphasized. When we are unhappy, we evaluate our circumstances and feel guilty for not being content. Or, we look at what we lack and wonder why we're not as content as everyone else. Happiness is not a requirement of being human; it comes and goes like any other experience, but it is not a prerequisite.

''Not being the best version of myself is insufficient.''

In the past two decades, there has been an enormous drive toward personal growth. Despite the fact that many of these concepts are healthy, they may be motivated by harmful factors. The majority of people feel the urge to improve themselves not out of a real desire to help their community, but rather out of a sense of inadequacy.

When you are able to abandon this notion, you will recognize that the pursuit of being your best self is endless and anxiety-inducing. You will realize that you can love and cherish yourself as you are now, without trying to be someone else in order to feel satisfied.

''I owe the entire globe.''

This is a difficult question relating to the need to be one's best self. Even if appreciation is essential, we should not feel indebted to the entire cosmos. This occurs when individuals pathologically want to prove their worth to others. When we let go of a profound sense of debt and obligation, we can begin to truly offer what we have to people.

''There was a period in my past that was extremely terrible.''

Frequently, our identification with negative things in the past prevents us from appreciating the present. We feel compelled to discuss our prior experiences with everyone we know before they can get to know the real us. When we recognize, however, that they are significantly less relevant than we previously believed, we cease feeling like impostors and let go of old memories.

When getting to know new individuals, one may have the nagging notion that "they don't know me until I've recounted a series of clips from my life". One must realize, however, that these stories do not define who we are in the present. What others think of us and how we feel about ourselves are continuously in flux.

Other times, one may find themselves exhausted or ill, with the nagging feeling that one should be happier or using their time more productively. One must continue to work on expressing one's emotions openly, without concern that others would perceive it as a sign of weakness.

All of this is acceptable. These beliefs have been ingrained in our minds via a lifetime of indoctrination, so it is only natural that it would take some time and work to eradicate them.

Thankfully, these concepts no longer exert the same psychological influence as they previously did. With time, many anxiety will begin to diminish, and one will be able to ponder less on pointless concerns.

If you like to learn meditation in deeper context visit us at the EH Naturopathic Practise.

By Dr. Sepi Sefy PhD whom specialises in Herbal Medicine of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine, alongside of Yoga, Nutrition and Phytotherapy.

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