- Nov 9, 2021
- 1 minute
Inner peace - A different outlook
The idea of feeling at peace with ourselves or with our circumstances is appealing. Yet we fail to contain our negative emotions when we are faced with undesirable situations. We voluntarily nurture an inner discomfort that furthers us from the peace we could strive for, by looking outside ourselves to find a reason to justify our unhappiness.
And in fact, it's not so much your work per se that is a problem, it's the stress it triggers inside of you that is. It's not so much anyone else's behaviors that are a problem, it's the frustration you feel towards those behaviors. And if you're not one to check in with yourself, you'll end up nurturing a lot of emotional junk that will hinder your well-being and your health in the long run, while believing that what happens to you is to blame for your discomfort.
But if anyone tells you something, or rather if you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel angry, stressed, guilty, sad… Then who really controls what goes on inside of you? Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating for repression here. But a peaceful mind has more room for creative and critical thinking to come up with solutions and ultimately move past your predicament. Otherwise, your behaviors may very well contribute to your own misery.
Our expectations are internalized conditions for our potential disappointment and resentment. But we have the ability to let go of unhelpful thinking and behavioral patterns, shift our focus to more composed state of mind which is always one thought away, and look for the opportunities that lie beyond what we believe to be our problem.
You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it - Albert Einstein