“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” —John F. Kennedy
Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace
- Especially with prompts that encourage productive self-reflection instead of rumination.
- Especially box breathing. (Breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4, and repeat.)
- Podcasts with real people’s experiences
- Their honest stories help me feel connected to others and not alone in what I see as my “weirdness” or struggles. Our emotions are universal, even if our daily experiences are not. Some great podcasts are: Over It and On with It by Christine Hassler, By the Book, We Love️ You (and So Can You), and believe it or not, Everything is Alive. (The latter is an interview series with inanimate objects coming to life to tell their stories.)
- Self-compassion meditations
- Particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in my case. If therapy is a bit out of reach, check out the book Mind Over Mood to start practicing on your own.
- Practicing treatments for acknowledging and processing emotions from the book Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch.
Ideas from the community:
- “Yoga, mindfulness… help me find my inner peace!”
- Shauna of @ladycrimsonvisuals
- “Spending time in nature.”
- Sofia @sofialgzzi
- “Morning pages as recommended by Julia Cameron… spiritual books… essential oils.”
- “I recently got back into dancing and it has made a world of difference! I also love to read and bake. Really makes me feel like me again!”
- Kate @kateparksisley