7 Ways To Create A Balanced, Peaceful Life
We all seek for it, we all crave for it, and our thirst for it is more often than not, insatiable. “Is it ever really possible to have a perfectly balanced life”, we are prone to wonder. “Can I really ever be at peace?”
As introverts, creating harmony in our lives is not only essential externally, but also internally, where we function and thrive the most. Many of us are prone to cynicism when it comes to reading articles about creating “guaranteed inner peace”. On the other hand, some of us are filled with excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect, which later dissipates very quickly as our old habits and routines kick in.
Today however, you will not be receiving any guarantee of inner peace, but rather a guarantee that if you consistently and persistently put any of the following recommendations into practice you will experience a greater level of inner harmony. Nothing worthy or beautiful in life is easy, which is why creating more balance and peace in your life requires some level of sweat and sacrifice. Sound daunting? It is. But the benefits are completely and utterly worth it.
As a child I adored Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen’s series of “Chicken Soup For The Soul” books, which detailed the true life stories of inspirational individuals and their losses, battles and triumphs. I would often huddle up to one of these books, tucked in the corner of my bedroom, flipping through the pages for guidance and advice in times of need.
In some way, that is what I intend this article to be; a collection of the most useful guidance, advice and experiences from my own life and the lives of others. Below you will find a collection of these “prescriptions” which can help you to create more balance and peace in your life as an introvert.
1. Turn off and get away.
The internet and other digital devices are sources of constant mental and emotional stimulation, distraction and overwhelming information. As Paul Miller describes in his Ted Talk “A Year Offline”, the internet sends our brains into intense overdrive, and literally sent him into a panic after using it again after a year. Spending more time away from the internet allows your mind to wind down and relax, which in turn stimulates heightened inner equilibrium.
2. Focus on tasting everything you eat.
In my article We Eat But We Do Not Taste, I talk about how most of us have programmed ourselves to shovel down our food, losing touch with our bodies and failing to truly experience anything we eat. Taking just a few moments out of our fast-paced lives whenever we eat helps to ground us in the present moment. This in turn helps to slow down our inner worlds, and contributes towards greater peace of mind and heart.
3. Identify energy suckers in your life.
Whether a person, people, environment, animal or gadget, it is essential to pay attention to what drains most of the energy you have in your life. In my article Energy Vampires: 10 Ways To Prevent Psychic Fatigue I explore this more in detail.
4. Get acquainted with nature.
Walking, sitting, admiring, gardening … it’s not really important what you do in nature, as long as you make time to be in it in the first place. I personally find that sitting and simply admiring the endless world of beauty in nature is a highly effective way of soothing my mind and body. Trees especially seem to be an excellent neutraliser of the frantic vibrational frequencies I often carry around.
5. Explore Eastern philosophies and practises.
To some this sounds cliché, but the Eastern mind appears to be a lot more sensitive and sympathetic towards the interconnected nature of the heart, mind and body. Ayurveda, yoga, Zen meditation, tai chi, Tantra … there are many paths to explore that can help foster and sustain a state of inner peace and balance.
6. Explore your maternal or paternal self.
Violent movies, graphic songs, harsh advertising, sexual subliminal messaging … all around us we are constantly confronted with the “dirty” and “tough” side of humanity and of ourselves. Yet the sensitive, kind and nurturing elements we possess are all too often ignored or repressed. In my article The Importance of Nurturing Something In Life, I explore our essential biological need to take care of something in life, and how this creates a greater level of emotional and psychological balance within us.
7. Take a mini vacation each week – and make the time for it.
What we need as introverts is frequent “me time” away from external demands, pressures and distractions. Creating a space for yourself to unwind and relax each week is an essential component of self-love. Whether this is by reading a book, taking a hike, or sleeping for 12 hours straight, creating time for yourself each week will greatly contribute towards your inner peace and harmony.