Finding Peace in Your Everyday

Finding Peace in Your Everyday

Finding Peace in Your Everyday 1920 1080 The Conscious Professional

“Don’t search for anything except peace. Try to calm the mind. Everything else will come on its own.” – Baba Hari Das

Recently I have become very conscious of the lack of peace in my life. Silence. Both mental and actual.

I’m struggling, as I sporadically do, to pull myself away from my phone. I’m sure that’s relatable. So, my brain does not experience the space that it should as I fill it with nonsense. I also have a busy life including work, kids, animals, social engagements… all the usual stuff. And so, real moments of pure quiet are rare. Therefore, I’ve been consciously looking for places to find peace in my everyday life.

Quiet is regenerative. Restorative. Healing. And so, working out where to find it without impacting your schedule is very useful. So, where to find these moments? Do read on!

1. The Night

Sometimes, as I come home at night, I take a moment to stop and enjoy the silence of a place that is usually bustling and busy. It is often the street that I live on. I like to hear the trees rustling in the breeze, see the lights on in people’s homes and enjoy the moment of serenity before I plunge back into my home life.

2. The Car

I listen to music all the time. I listen to it at home, when I am working, in the gym, but most of all I listen to it in transit. There’s nothing wrong with this, but I sometimes feel that I listen to music so much sometimes that it loses a little magic. Having silence in the car instead of the radio is kind of magical in itself. You are in total silence, and in your own private space, whilst at the same time being in the middle of all of the commotion of the outside world. Take calm and serenity from your surroundings whist driving, focus and observe the world around you from within your comfortable car and feel your mind free up and your connectedness to your environment improve.

3. The Park

Even if you live in the city, it is likely that you will find an area of green somewhere. Next time you are on your way to somewhere and have an extra 5 minutes, just stop and be silent in the world for a moment. Perhaps you walk through a park on your way home from work, or pass a common, or field, or even graveyard.

My local park has a few hidden wooded areas that I occasionally like to duck into for a moment of peace. These places remind me of the woods near where I grew up. I just stand and look up at the sky through the trees and let my mind fill with comforting feelings of nostalgia.

4. A Lift

A very short moment of peace, to be sure. If you ever find yourself alone in the lift and need to calm yourself or get your mind in order, I recommend you close your eyes and focus on both the silence of the lift and your breath. During your floor-to-floor journey, take some deep soothing breaths. You’ll be amazed at the fresh vitality this can offer you.

5. A Gallery

After a place for a peaceful moment in a big city? Museums and galleries are often free, and absolutely perfect for peace and contemplation. My personal favourite is the National Portrait gallery in Trafalgar Square, London!

6. A Window

This is a great way to help you with your workplace wellbeing. If it is proving to be a tough day, find yourself a window. I used to work in the middle of London in a 7-story building; the stairwell windows used to offer a wonderful view of Regent Street. However, any window to the outside world will do, whether it be a break room, an empty office, a bathroom, or you might even be able to, as I sneakily used to do, pop out onto the roof.

Watching the world go by can be extremely peaceful and therapeutic. The gentle rhythm of everyday movements can be soothing, and the expansive view of a city can sometimes help to offer a little perspective.


By Chris Thomson

 

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