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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

As long as you allow things or people, outside of your control, to push your buttons, your inner peace will be like a roller coaster ride.
You will feel great and at peace one moment, and completely blown out the next.
This cycle will repeat itself over and over again, until it starts to drain you mentally, physically, and emotionally.
So, how do you prevent this mental and emotional roller coaster ride?
You don't give external things control over your emotions.
Yes, I know, this is much easier said than done. People can be very trying. This is especially true of people who are close to you or who you care for deeply. But, we can learn to care for someone without allowing them to destroy our inner peace.
Inner peace starts with a conscious decision to not allow other people or events to affect us emotionally. Deal with issues rationally.
Don't take them personally.
See them as an observer would, watching how things unfold, thinking about them with a calm, rational mind, and then addressing them as you need to, from a deliberately calm, peaceful mind. This takes discipline, practice, and a lot of patience, but it can be done.
You have to take care of yourself first. If you are in constant turmoil, always getting upset over someone else's actions, or events that you have no control over, it will drain you.
You will have nothing left to give to those you care for, as all of your energy will be spent just treading water to maintain your sanity.
That is no way to live!
Take care of yourself; maintain your inner peace and your life will never be the same again.