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10 Paths to Inner Peace


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“12 Paths to Inner Peace” by Joan Y. Edwards

The older I get, the more I realize that we human beings want control of ourselves and others. We want control of our environment. Guess what! It’s very tricky.

Inner peace is an absence of mental anxiety! Do you find it difficult to go with the flow? Do you find your inner peace stifled or trampled daily? Do you want to stop things from going the way they seem to be heading? Are you on a path to Crashville?

1. Pray to your creator and Trust in Him. He has a plan for you.

Pray to God and ask him for help. Tell him all of the things that are bothering you. Tell him every single thing that is bugging you and keeping your from being at peace.  Visit your church, synagogue, house of prayer, temple, mosque, etc. I find that when I go to church and pray that I feel a little closer to God.  However, I know that God is with me all the time. It helps me to emotionally be calmer to make a visit to the church.

2. Rest. Meditate. Say Positive Things Aloud and Silently.

Visualize images of beauty and calmness. Play music that calms you. Say good things about yourself. Take time to rest.

I am lovable. I am kind. What I do matters. What I hope for matters. My emotions are real; neither good nor bad; neither right nor wrong.

3. Accept Things as They Are.

What’s odd is that in order to change things, you first have to accept them as they are. For this reason, it’s good to go with the flow. If you’re in a tube going down the Tuckasegee River, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s easier to float downstream if you’re going with the flow.

If you’re walking down a busy sidewalk, it’s much easier to go with the flow – everyone walking on the right hand side. Otherwise, you end up weaving in and out of people and bumping the whole way.

Many times you may have difficulty accepting others as they are. You desperately want to change them. Perhaps that’s why I became a teacher, hoping I could persuade children with problem behaviors to change. I thought that if they were educated with the pros and cons of different types of behaviors and their consequences they would choose healthier, more positive behaviors. But you see, you can’t change other people. Those other people have to change themselves.

It’s nice to have people agree with you every once in a while, it gives you a good feeling of belonging. However, it’s not good to give up your strong beliefs that you know are right to be in agreement with others.

Some people are power hungry…more money…more power. More power, more control over others.

4. Love Yourself and Others. Take time for you.

Peace is being happy with who you are and your circumstances, whatever they might be. I love to hear the scripture that says that God created each of us for a certain purpose. Without us, the world would not have something that it needs to survive.  The name we were given at birth is significant for us. God gave new names to people in the Bible when they came to an aha moment. 

5. Forgive Yourself and Others 

The greatest gift you can give yourself and other people in your life is your forgiveness. Each day you carry anger around, it makes a negative impact on your health. Lighten your load. Take steps to let someone you’ve been angry with for hours, days, months, or years off the hook. Realize that they are human, just like you. And that just like you, they are not perfect. If there has been anger on both sides of the fence, your releasing your anger and allowing them to be as they are, may give them the freedom to change, too.

6. Perform Three Simple Tasks

Make a list of things that need to be done for your home surroundings or for yourself. Then choose three activities and do them. It’s amazing how getting things done makes you feel empowered. You realize that you can control doing a few things. It also frees your mind to think of solutions. It frees your mind to think of other things.

7. Research to Find Alternative Beliefs and Solutions to the Problems at Hand

Look up information about your problem online, in books, or through talking with others. Sometimes through explaining the situation to another person, you come to the solution in your mind. 

8. Watch Funny Movies and Television Shows. Read Funny Books.

Laughter is healing. It releases endorphins that help you feel calmer on the inside. It releases the negative emotions: sad, mad, powerless feelings that seem to be stuck. Even fake laughs help loosen the grip these emotions have on you. Laughter is like oil for your car. It’s essential to keeping you going.

9. Walk. Exercise. Breathe.

Exercising the body releases endorphins that help you feel calmer on the inside, too. Walk inside your house or outside your house. Walk around the outside of your house. Ride an exercise bike. Walk to the corner and back. Walk around the outside of your house. 

10. Eat the Right Foods for You. Eat Healthy.

Eat. Drink plenty of water. Too many carbs, too much sugar, too much caffeine!  Look out for these and other foods that can put you in jeopardy. They can steal your joy.  Try to stay in the Goldilocks section. Not too much. Not too little. Just right.

11. Focus on What You Want

What you focus on is what you get. What you spend your time, thoughts, and spoken words on is what you’re going to get. Accept that the opposite could happen. Accept that the bad thing that you’re so afraid of could happen. But then also accept and focus on what you want to happen. Then take the necessary steps to start the ball rolling in that direction.

12. Meet with a friend. Call for Help. 

We need social connections to survive. Being with other people gives us endorphins, too. If you’re overwhelmed, call for help. Ask a friend. Join a support group. Ask for professional help if you need it. Everyone may need counseling at some time in their life. I went through counseling one time in my life. Everyone needs help once in a while. You don’t have to go through this alone. You’re not alone. Others care about you.  

Resources

  1. Daily Mind. “How to Go with the Flow:” http://www.thedailymind.com/how-to/go-with-the-flow/
  2. Free Dictionary. “Definition of Peace: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/peace 
  3. Huffington Post. “10 Kind Things to Tell Yourself Every Day:”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/kind-things-to-tell-yourself_n_4570376.html
  4. I am Fearless Soul. “5 Steps to Finding Peace within Yourself:” https://iamfearlesssoul.com/5-steps-to-finding-peace-within-yourself-and-how-to-keep-it/
  5. Learning Mind. “Effective Ways to Find Peace within Yourself:” https://www.learning-mind.com/effective-ways-to-find-peace-within-yourself/
  6. Mountain Crisis Services. “34 Things You Should Know about Yourself:”  http://www.mountaincrisisservices.org/domestic-violence/34-things-you-should-kno
  7. Operation Meditation. “5 Tips to Finding Peace within Yourself.” http://operationmeditation.com/discover/5-tips-to-finding-peace-within-yourself/
  8. Psychology Today. “Smashing the Brain Blocks: 4 Ways to Go with the Flow Even When It Seems Impossible.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/smashing-the-brainblocks/201606/4-ways-go-the-flow-even-when-it-seems-impossible
  9. Thesaurus. “Go with the Flow:” http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/go-with-the-flow
  10. Tiny Buddha. “8 Tips to Feel at Peace with Yourself.” https://tinybuddha.com/blog/8-tips-to-feel-at-peace-with-yourself/
  11. Wikihow. “Go with the Flow:” https://www.wikihow.com/Go-With-the-Flow
  12. Wikihow. “How to Release Endorphins:” https://www.wikihow.com/Release-Endorphins
  13. Your Life, Your Voice. “101 Positive Things to Say to Myself:” http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx
  14. Zen Habits. “12 Practical Steps for Learning to Go with the Flow:” https://zenhabits.net/12-practical-steps-for-learning-to-go-with-the-flow/

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God, I Need You Now


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God, I need you now image Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“God, I Need You Now” by Joan Y. Edwards

I searched the internet for songs to uplift you and me to never give up, to keep on going, knowing that God is there with us. In this post, the blue is what you might say to God. The purple is what God would definitely say to you. I put links to seven of the songs and their lyrics to give inspiration, encouragement, and peace to you. Because of copyright, I only put a few of the words to the lyrics so that you’d get the main emphasis of the song. But there is a link to the complete lyrics for each song. You might want to click on the lyrics link first, and then click on the song. That way you can sing along.

If you don’t have time to listen to each of the songs now. Please come back and listen another time.

God, I Need You Now

“The Bible says in Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

I’ve started out searching for you, Lord. But, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

Song: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for (U2)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Wt3dhF4fU
Lyrics http://www.atu2.com/lyrics/songinfo.src?SID=56
U2 Music and Lyrics published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd (for the UK)/Mother Music Ltd (For the Republic Of Ireland)/PolyGram International Music. Publishing BV (For The Rest Of The World) U2 Recordings owned by Universal International Music B.V. exclusively licensed to Island Records (ROW) and Interscope Records (USA)

I have climbed the highest mountain.
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I offer thee, God my prayer and supplication. I praise you. Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul.

Song: Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul (Matt Redman)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
Lyrics: http://myktis.com/songs/10000-reasons/
All copyrights go to to Matt Redman with the EMI records

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O my soul.
Worship His Holy name.

There are many things I am thankful for. I am thankful for you, Lord, God, king of our universe. I thank you, Lord for my family and those I meet on my life’s journey. When I am thankful and focus on the things I am thankful for, you give me more of these things. I am thankful for the abundance of all I need.

Song: I’m Thankful for (Hap Palmer)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKl8BuVWnUA
Lyrics: http://www.songlyrics.com/hap-palmer/things-i-m-thankful-for-lyrics/
This version leaves blanks for you to say the things for which you are thankful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=160VWPsM_og
All songs published by Hap-Pal Music. ©Hap-Pal Music all rights reserved.

There are many things I am thankful for.
Let me tell you what they are.

I give you my requests. But most of all, God, I need you now.

Song: God, I Need You Now (Plumb)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGIumjD6I3M
Lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/plumb/need_you_now.html
Writers: Arbuckle-Lee, Sheets & Christa Wells
Need You Now Album Copyright: 2012 Curb Records, Inc.

How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this?”
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh, I need you.
God, I need you now.

God says to you and me: “HOLD ON.”

Song: Hold On by Alabama Shakes
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-3MIBxQTw
Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alabamashakes/holdon.html

Writer(s): Steven William Johnson, Zachary Riley Cockrell, Brittany Amber Howard, Heath Allen Fogg
Copyright: Alabama Shakes Publishing

You got to hold on…
Hey, you got to hold on…

God says, “You’re an OVERCOMER.”

Song: You’re an Overcomer (Mandisa)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/overcomer-lyrics-mandisa.html
Writer(s): David Arthur Garcia
Copyright: D Soul Music, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publ.

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you
You’re an Overcomer.

In the Bible at 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I know now. When I keep saying: All is well with my body, my mind, and my soul, it becomes that way. God, your peace is  with my body, mind, and spirit. Thank you. It is especially comforting to know that all is well with my soul.

I am so thankful that ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

It Is Well with My Soul (Wintley Phipps)

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXbM8rgiIM4
Lyrics: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul/ Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 Copyright: Public Domain

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Please leave a comment. Let me know your favorite song or scripture or quotation that gives you peace, hope, and comfort. I’d love to hear from you.

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Free Software to Change WMA to MP3 http://www.nch.com.au/switch/mp3.html?gclid=CJ68u-K7u6ACFdlw5QodemYKTg

Sometimes a friend is going through rough times. Walk around the house while you talk with them on the phone. It helps them and it helps you. Record words of wisdom for them or things you love about them to help them over the hump. The software above will help you convert from WMA format to MP3 format so they can play it on an MP3 player.

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