International Day of Peace

It’s International Day of Peace!

In a world filled with chaos, stories filling up our news feeds and timelines about devastation, political conflicts and unrest, sometimes we forget that there is more good in the world than “evil”. These issues do have an impact on how we see the world, how we see people and sometimes how we ourselves behave. So I’ve decided to write about one of the most important things that a person needs in their life–Internal Peace. As mentioned, external issues can have an impact and can disrupt our internal peace system. I don’t know the statistics quite well but I know that there are a lot of people with anxiety issues, panic attacks, phobias, etc. These can cause a sense of unease, restlessness and discomfort. External factors can play a major role in how we feel, Of course, it is important to care about the issues and to be passionate about a cause but you also have to make sure that it does not consume you.

Peace within yourself is important because it will allow you to see things from a  different perspective, less anger means more clarity, less frustration means more positive outlooks and vibes. I know what I’m writing is pretty straightforward but sometimes we forget to just be in peace. So I’ve decided to write a few tips on how you might be able to have peace or find peace, if you haven’t already. Finding internal peace sometimes doesn’t happen over night or sometimes it takes an epiphany, sometimes it just happens. Here are somethings that might help, let your internal peace shine and share that with the world, we all know we need more of it.

  • Take a trip/Travel:

I know we all can’t travel all the time but this is something I learned recently, you don’t have to go abroad to find peace, sometimes all you need is a few days in another part of your city or province/state. While I was in Mexico for a week, I learned to relax which is quite rare for me, thus I felt at peace. I wasn’t in my same spot, I felt happier, I felt whole, I was able to think freely and without congestion of what was happening around me because I was having a good time and our resort had no WiFi. I learned that embracing other cultures, other beliefs, other opinions allowed me to think in a different way and let me feel peaceful. Even being on the plane and seeing the earth from the sky made me feel such peace and ease because I allowed myself to be taken by the beauty. I now understand why people spend their whole lives travelling.

  • Read a Book/Listen to Music: 

Okay, I know some of us are not readers but there are a lot of amazing books out there on peace, finding yourself, empathy, etc. There are also a lot of books that make you feel. Sometimes in order to feel peace, you must feel emotions that get you to that moment. I know that sounds crazy but have you ever listened to a song and it made you cry, laugh and literally you went through your mind with so many different emotions and then when it was over, you felt so good. It’s all you need. If books aren’t your thing, then try music. I can suggest a few books that made me feel good, some are just different and the story takes you to this sense of awareness, sense of self, sense of what others can go through. I know you might find some weird or quite odd but these are books that have made me feel peaceful after reading them. I will also list some songs that have inspired me or made me feel so peaceful.

“The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Love Song” By Alex Miller

“How to be Parisian wherever you are: Love, Style & Bad Habits” by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, & Sophie Mas

I hope you enjoy all of these or some of these! Let me know what your experience is after listening or reading these!

  • Social Media Detox

Sometimes you just need to block everything. I know that in a world where something is always happening, you want to stay on top and in touch with it all. It’s important I get that but sometimes it can be disruptive to your mind and soul. So I say take a break from social media and focus on you. It’ll help heal a lot of things that have been bothering you.

  • Write

You know me, I write a lot. I have loads of journals, sometimes you just need to vent and write it out. I know not all of us can write but you can draw it out too.

  • Work Out

Okay, so you might think this one is weird but working out has led me to become quite confident because it requires discipline, focusing on breathing and understanding and listening to your body, I believe I’m at peace when I work out because I’m focused on myself and I shut out everything. I also believe that confidence is a benefit from being at peace with yourself.

  • Yoga & Breathing

So this one is tied in with working out but even though I’m not good at yoga, It has also helped me understand myself and those 15 minutes I do yoga, I feel so peaceful.

  • Have Fun

Don’t work too hard, don’t stress yourself out. I am now an advocate for having fun. Of course, you need down time but having fun in healthy ways can really balance you out. Balance is an important part of being peaceful inside.

There are a lot of other ways to find internal peace, some choose a belief, religion, music, food, meditation, etc. Just find what works for you. When you find peace within yourself, your light will shine and when your light shines, it touches people.

Let’s find peace! Also, if you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to leave me a message! When you feel like you’re going through a really tough time, you just need someone to listen or to read what you have to say and just be there but don’t want to go to people we know, you have me–I will not judge you, harass you or make you feel any worse, that’s my promise.

When the going gets tough…

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

This quote. It’s everything. We’re only human. We make mistakes. We believe rock bottom is all we have left. But you know the saying “when one door closes, another one opens”, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way at all. It feels like it’s the end. There is no way out. No little glimmer of light. We feel trapped. It’s normal to feel this way. Sometimes we get ourselves out of it, or sometimes someone makes us realize it. Sometimes quotes, a song, a memory or a past experience is what gets us out of that terrible situation. So I decided to share some of my favourite quotes with you. I figured we all have things that are causing us some form of frustration or hurt. The thing about quotes or a certain lyric is that it is written in a way that can take make interpretations and give advice in so many ways depending on what our personal situation is.

“Don’t let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your “personality,” as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

“There’s a loneliness that only exists in one’s mind. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is blink.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say
yes.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt