“I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.” — Oprah Winfrey
We could easily say that Oprah is joyful and unstoppable.
You can be that too. After all, her rise was against societal and personal odds. Her first show in 1983 wasn’t the culture of acceptance for a female, African American woman from a rural area. To boot, she had an upbringing with sexual abuse and poverty.
There was only one way out. She found internal peace and resolve. Then, she went unstoppable. The phenomenon known as Oprah Winfrey continues.
Let’s talk about peace inside of you…why it may be lacking, what it is, why it’s worth having every day, and how to find it to be joyfully unstoppable.
Why Internal Peace Is Lacking
We live in a world focused on the external, getting, and acquiring.
Why do you buy another thing? Or want a particular thing?
Always, it boils down to you thinking that you will feel better with that thing. Every time.
Feeling better equates to peace.
You end up acquiring objects sometimes beyond an ability to easily pay for them. There’s the unspoken belief that their acquisition will bring you peace. A peace that you don’t have without them.
If you think back, most of the objects you had to have are forgotten. They didn’t bring the peace you thought you’d have from such ownership.
So why did you want that level of peace you thought those objects would bring?
You often think it will provide the coveted external validations. Our society conditions you for that. It holds you back from being unstoppable with so many distractions weighing you down.
You’re told to desire the praise, the “atta girl,” the “way to go bro.” Even though those moments flit by quickly.
Or you’re conditioned to get more money, more power, more fame for your accomplishments.
It’s always temporary when it’s wanted from a conditioned you gotta do this desire.
And there it goes, a hamster wheel circle to run in. A slave to get ‘that out there’ to provide a temporary peace based upon ‘them out there’ validation.
Whether you call it materialism, consumerism, societal conditioning, it’s a human lure. One you might often take the bait from.
Then you’re hooked. Doing, trying, accomplishing, feeling the crash, wanting more. You’re off to the next thing, person, place or thing.
Hoping that will do it for you.
But there’s this little voice inside that belies your human madness.
A Different Way
Meanwhile, this essential part of you that you were born with exists. You suffer from your struggles to fly solo as The Human never teaming up with it.
It’s there. Waiting inside. Knowing that one day you will turn to it for support. First you must get fed up with trying to get your ego’s ticket validated.
That ‘it’ that awaits of course is the deepness of you connected to a higher energy. The you that you might be a stranger to. It compassionately understands that you were too busy in the Wheel of External.
The inside, soul/spirit/Inner Being, waits patiently. It will be there when you turn to it out of giving up.
That’s the grace point. Then the magic happens.
“Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give — pleasure, possessions, power — but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.” — Dada Vaswani
Connecting to that which is higher, raises your energetic vibration.
With that raised vibration — you’ll feel true peace. You will know you hit it. It’s a high unlike any drugs, alcohol, acquisition, or money can bring. Ever.
And in that peaceful state, you are tapping into powers and awareness greater than you.
The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” — Norman Vincent Peale
Why Connection To Internal Peace Is Of Value
Creativity blooms. Guidance replaces mental chatter. Calmness shrouds you. Joy seeps out.
Serendipitous events compound.
The synchronicity of things and events to benefit your desires cannot be discounted. If you’re paying attention, that is.
You’re questioning the next direction, but leave it knowing that your peace is of greater value. Sure enough, you run into someone who ‘out of the blue’ gives you a two-sentence bit of advice that keeps you on track. It perks your spirit.
Or, that information could have been a video that “randomly” pops up on your feed on your mobile and voila, it’s perfect. You sort of knew it would happen. You were in a state of peace.
One more example. True story for me.
I was packed and loaded and we’re heading out for a vacation. Suddenly before backing out the driveway, I have the prompt or push from connection within, to return to the house. Going to clean my sunglasses, I catch the sink faucet that had a small but steady drip. What a bill that would have been for a week! I know this was inner being helping me out.
The human do-it-myself struggle is a waste of time when you have this wise internal connection.
The beauty of being in resonance with internal peace is profound. Not only do you get guidance, it gives you adventure and freedom. It’s a far road from the hamster Wheel of External’s rinse and repeat.
The Problem With The Wheel of External
If you can have life easier, why would you pick a struggle?
The Wheel of External just wants you to get on and repeat miserably. Just do it like everyone else. Run around but seek that external validation, external things. Subjugate your life for “them.”
Mediocrity is a habit. But you want unstoppable.
Here’s a Wheel of External scenario: You need a new outfit for an event. There will be people there who you want to see you as successful.
You search for the perfect (according to what they may want for you) outfit. You scour the Internet. You walk the mall. You belabor. You overthink. You worry. Desperation fills your mind.
You’re on the Wheel of External validation.
Your stress level prohibits any peace as you worry about the judgments of others on the way you’ll look. If you get it right, you’ll get lots of external validation. Get it wrong, and you’ll feel unworthy.
You’ve wasted a few days searching for an outfit. You’ll feel stressed-out leading up to the event, judging if you got it right.
After the event, the outfit goes with all the others in the closet. Come the next event, you’ll search again.
Whether it’s getting the right car, the best mate, the new career, writing a book, giving a speech, you’re most likely to plow ahead with a selection based upon the reaction of others. If you’re honest.
That college or career might make parents proud. The new landscape in the front yard could garner positive accolades from neighbors. Hoping your kids behave well in public so you won’t get side-eye from judgmental others.
With connection to peace inside, you make all decisions based on guidance from within. You tune out the rest. It doesn’t blip on your radar of concerns.
What you don’t realize — it’s not the object you want. You want the energy you associate with the object. If everyone approved of your attire at the event you could calm down. Think of the peace.
Peace of mind. Peace of getting it right. Peace of feeling better. Peace of fitting in. Peace of being thought of as okay from others.
Quite the rat race, eh?
The end game is to go for the energy in the first place. Go get in peace now!
That’s what you really want. You want the energy of peace. The state of being in peace. Not relief. Peace which requires connection to the internal Higher Wisdom.
Think of the time, money and mental strife you’ll save yourself. You can use that freed up time to be unstoppable.
You can use critical thinking to deduce, in advance, that one more acquisition will end up forgotten.
Peace encapsulates the higher vibrations of joy and clarity. When you get in a higher vibrational state (aka a zone, or “knowing”) stuff happens.
You get clarity of direction, doors open, connections are made, and even objects land in front of you. You see the perfect book on a shelf.
Rather than you pushing and shoving as The Solo Human, you bring the magic. That’s how life is meant to work. You have the internal teammate.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” — Wayne W. Dyer
One Obvious Way In
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” — John F. Kennedy
A Calm Mind Is A Pathway to Peace
Simplest route: Meditation.
I find meditators in a 20/30/50 split.
20% meditate regularly
30% think about doing it and occasionally do
50% can’t figure it out or don’t care to figure it out
For the 80%, you can YouTube the topic, but the simple version, and it’s meant to be super simple, is to sit tall, still, and find ease in your body and mind.
Meditation is a time to quiet emotional, mental and physical functions. It allows connection to that inner being or higher wisdom. You can’t expect to have mental chatter and peace at the same time.
Too many dislike meditation because they “didn’t feel anything.”
You can’t approach meditation from the Wheel of External. Once again, you’d be looking to get something and go into the meditation with too much mental chatter.
Has this happened to you?
You wanted fireworks and angels and didn’t “get” anything in meditation?
Try this intention: think of meditation as a time to connect to your within by being in a calm state. Go for “letting the soul have a moment” without having to be bombarded with your mental chatter of “out there-ness.”
Be brave and not care if something happens. As calm as you can manage to be in meditation is good enough. Inner being doesn’t rate you.
The benefits of meditation will show up. They always do. Your efforts can go to noticing.
Could you do one minute of meditation a day? I know you could, so let me re-ask.
Will you do one minute of meditation a day? You can’t say you have no time. You can meditate when you use the toilet.
Not So Obvious Ways Into Peace
Getting out of your comfort zone is a big peace getter.
Comfort zone = habitual, known, familiar.
It’s odd. As a human you give lip service for the change you downright avoid. You want to remain comfortable with what you know and do.
The thought of doing something new can bring the shakes.
Ironically, doing and learning something new brings you more peace than not doing it. Plus, being unstoppable will require new skills.
Find new people to talk to. Dive into different cultures.
Have you ever prejudged a person and then later had a conversation with them realizing how enriched your life became as a result?
Maybe you judged them for their skin color, cultural rituals, their job, their car they drove, how much money they made or didn’t make.
Breaking down the barriers of the unknown leaves you feeling expansive.
You know you’ve hit up against a comfort zone electric fence when you attempt to go outside of it. The lack of comfort zaps you and like a siren, the comfort zone lures you to return to its safe harbors, never to venture out again. If it had its way.
But your comfort zone is a condemned property with a slug landlord charging you high rent. Bust out. Try something new. See if you like it. The comfort zone always has a vacancy sign flashing. You can go back if you want, but once out, life is fun.
When out of your comfort zone and learning new skills, new cultures, and meeting new people, it drives you into a peaceful state. Sure you’ll hit discomfort going through the electrical zapper, but you’re tough.
Hey, you did that Wheel of External for years.
Bypass judgment of others and yourself. It’s a waste of precious time quite frankly.
Does it get you closer to your goal of peace? No. Closer to unstoppable? No. Judgment is the fast track back to the Wheel of External.
Judgment is also the cousin to Gossip and Criticism. When you focus on negative time-wasters you set yourself back from unstoppable.
“Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt.” — Sanaya Roman
Instead, soothe yourself. That is so rarely done. You’re too busy out there getting. Get a little more self-ish.
Talk calmly to yourself. Reassure yourself. This becomes natural after awhile. It is conducive to feeling connected to that peace within you.
Tell yourself something positive.
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” — Amit Ray
With that peaceful positive energy you’ll bring more. Always.
Notice the word “bring” not “get”.
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” — Eckhart Tolle
Just as Edwin Hubble declared in the 1920s that the Universe expands, so do you. You are part of this Universe.
In your deepness you are unstoppable.
Unstoppable has a sense of adventure and going for it, doesn’t it?
Unstoppable has a balance to its adventure. A wisdom. A knowing what direction to head.
Therefore, another way into peace by connection within is the art of life balance.
Not balance by juggling. Balance by purposefully balancing your life.
Put intention to all the activities in your life and leave some down-time for play. Do something you liked as a kid.
Learning What Life, Connected To Within, Feels Like
There is always a push from within to break free of conditional human way and get to peace. If you are in peace, you hear and gladly do it. But it takes practice. Once you get it, you can stay in that the vast majority of the time.
If you are caught back in the Wheel of External, your resistance to that which is, creates self-pain.
“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” — Petar Dunov
You are so beautifully unique. Recognize. Doesn’t matter what has happened up to this point.
Your inner being sees you as the coolest of cool people. Go along with that.
Hey, your inner being is a higher vibration than you. It knows more.
“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.” — Joseph Addison
If you are feeling the peace, joy in every moment — You Will Be Unstoppable.
It requires leaving the old, the go-nowhere external-driven hamster wheel you’ve been on. That’s a set up not to have peace.
Know this. In connected peace, you hit your natural stride: unstoppable.
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