“The fact is, inner peace isn’t something that comes when you finally paint the whole house a nice shade of cream and start drinking herbal tea. Inner peace is something that is shaped by the wisdom that ‘this too shall pass’….”
– Tania Ahsan
Minimalism is about a lot more than decluttering stuff. While that alone is likely to noticeably improve your life, to reap the full benefits of minimalism, focus on habits that help you achieve inner peace.
What is inner peace? According to Wikipedia:
Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss, happiness and contentment.
Sounds good, right? But how do we reach this state of inner peace and bliss?
“But you see, in this materialistic age we have such a false criterion by which to measure success. We measure it in terms of dollars, in terms of material things. But happiness and inner peace do not lie in that direction.”
Science and religion offer many suggestions for how to feel inner peace more often, and, while the ideas of the two disciplines often conflict, here’s one area where there’s strong agreement.
Try these techniques to help decrease stress and increase inner peace.
- Meditate regularly.
- Forgive yourself and others.
- Accept what is.
- Spend time in nature.
- Be kind and compassionate.
- Recognize that you can’t often control what happens, but you can always control your reaction.
- Think positively.
- Leave margin in your schedule.
- Focus on one thing at a time (avoid multitasking).
- Plan ahead – but be flexible.
- Don’t over-extend yourself. Keep a reasonable schedule.
- Listen to music.
- Declutter what you don’t use; organize what’s left.
- Practice gratitude.
- Focus on experiences, not possessions.
- Arguing with someone? Ask yourself if you’d rather be right or happy.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Reduce “screen time.”
- Get enough sleep and exercise.
- Take time for silence and solitude each day.
- Do yoga or tai chi.
- Build strong relationships.
- Regularly engage in creative activities like drawing, knitting, or playing the piano.