Inner Peace and Joy Tip # 100: What is Inner Peace?

Inner Peace and Joy Daily Meditation Tip: The Book of Psalms will uplift your soul. Read Psalms chapters 51-60 for a Spirit Booster!

Inner Peace is a peaceful, calm mental state of being that can be maintained by everyone at all times with the right tools. It is my belief that Inner Peace is a gift from God and this gift has nothing to do with how much material wealth you have, your race, religious background, ethnicity, sexual preference or even your health. Inner Peace is a free gift and it is available to all who are willing to receive it. Once you except the free gift of Inner Peace from God you must know how to maintain this gift or you will find yourself being frustrated, worried, feeling sorry, fearful, anxious, depressed, confused etc. whenever you are faced in a stressful situation.

Get Knowledge
The way that you are going to be able to live a stress free life is by having the right knowledge and by being prepared. The good thing is that you do not have to re-invent the wheel to find proven methods that will help you to stay calm when they are in a stressful situation. You just have to do your research, sift through the information and find out what works for you. The Bible is a great resource. You can also visit my blog, go to your local library, go to the book store or you can just go on-line and type in stress management tips.

Build Your Skills
It is not going to be enough just to read about how to live a stress free life, you are going to have to build your skills through practice. If you do not practice your skills, you will continue to react instinctively based on your emotions when you are under stress. The reason why you do not want to react emotionally when you are under stress is because you will be leaving your mental state of peace up to chance. Instead or reacting you want to be able to know how to respond calmly and peacefully when you are in a mentally stressful situation.

Role Playing, Trial and Error
Role playing is a great way to practice remaining calm because if you already know that certain people or situations stresses you out, you can practice beforehand on how you can respond calmly when you are in that particular situation. You are also going to learn that your best practice is going to come from trial and error situations. In a trial and error scenario, your practice comes from learning and improving from your mistakes.

Whatever method that you chose, it is going to be important to always keep in mind that maintaining your Inner Peace is going to be a life long journey and sometimes you are going to get angry,frustrated and you may even lose your cool but with the right tools and with enough practice you will be able to easily recognize when you are under stress, take control of your mental situation and easily return yourself back to your state of mental peace.

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Inner Peace and Joy Tip # 99: Expand Your Mind

Inner Peace and Joy Daily Meditation Tip: The Book of Psalms will uplift your soul. Read Psalms chapters 41-50 for a Spirit Booster!

The Power of Your Mind
The door was first opened to me how powerful the mind is when a friend gave me a book called "Emotional Prisoner" by Jose Villegas III. After I read "Emotional Prisoner", I began to understand that the person who I am today is based on all of the beliefs that I have developed up to this point.

This book gave me hope that I could change my condition if only I changed what I believed. Jose Villegas III stressed that it was the individual's responsibility to change their own situation by improving their self and and expanding their mind through reading.

Read to Improve Your Confidence
The books that gave me the confidence to pursue my vision as a writer and to rid myself of the idea that I was not going to get rich by working as an employee were Asha Tyson's book "How I Retired at 26" and Robert Kiosawki's book "Rich Dad Poor Dad". Like Jose Villegas III, Robert Kiosawki is a believer in reading books to improve your self. Throughout his book he generously referred the titles and authors of books that aided him in his development. One such author was Catherine Ponder.

Catherine Ponder caused my development to soar. Her writings instilled in me that prosperity was my right and to be poor was a sin. She taught me the power of commanding your good to appear through affirmations. I started reciting the affirmations that she had in her books "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity" and "The Millionaires of the Bible series" and they worked!

Claim Your Victory Today
I began to see positive changes in my life because I learned to release the ideas that I had developed over time and that were limiting my growth and I replaced those defeating ideas with prosperous ideas. The other authors that aided me in developing a prosperity consciousness were Dr. Joseph Murphy, Florence Scovel Schinn and Michael Losier.

Catherine Ponder taught me about affirmations but it was Dr. Creflo A. Dollar in his book "Claim Your Victory Today" who showed me how to get my own affirmations from the bible by finding God's promises and affirming His promises.

The most influential book on my bookshelf is the Holy Bible. The author who brought everything together for me and helped me to read the Holy Bible on a spiritual level was Wallace Wattles. After I read his book "The Science of Getting Rich" I was able to find God inside of me. I also gained an understanding of how to create wealth for myself and not compete for wealth with others

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Inner Peace and Joy Tip #98: Go with the wave

Inner Peace and Joy Daily Meditation Tip: The Book of Psalms will uplift your soul. Read Psalms chapters 36-40 for a Spirit Booster!

I am from Wilmington, North Carolina and I was raised a few miles from the ocean. As a child, my family went to the beach often and it is from my experiences at the beach that I learned a valuable tip on how to maintain my Inner Peace. Today's tip is go with the wave.

The Wave
I have two older sisters and growing up, I use to want to tag behind them more than anything in the world. Well, when we went to the beach, I could not tag behind my sisters because they could swim but I could not. My sisters were like fish, they would go out deep in the water about chest high. I would observe them from the shore.

Everyone once in awhile, my sisters would come closer in about waist high and they would invite me to come in with them. I would be very nervous, but they assured me that they would not let me drown; so I did not mind taking the risk. Remember, that I said earlier that I could not swim, so when I was out in the water all I would do is just stand straight up and when a wave would come, I would jump. That is, as long as the wave was not too big and then I would tumble down from the force of the wave.

If more than one wave would come back to back, then it was not uncommon for me to tumble down, get up, and get knocked back down again. So what my sisters taught me to do was instead of jumping up when I saw more than one wave coming, was to dive into the first wave and allow the wave's force to carry me to shore. Once, I was at the shore, then I would get up and go back and try it again.

How is life, similar to riding a Wave
The lesson that I learned on how to maintain my Inner Peace from being knocked down by the force of the waves is that life's challenges are similar to the wave's of the ocean. Here is what I mean, some days you are going to find are going to be good days and on those days you can stand tall because you are not facing any challenges.

I pray that you have more good days than challenging days but the truth is there will be those days that you are going to have challenges. You may even have some days when you find that your challenges are coming back to back and if you do not know how to deal appropriately with those days, you may find yourself getting knocked down by the impact of it's pressure.

So, instead of allowing life's challenges to knock you down, you have to go with the wave. When you go with the wave you admit that there are some things in life that you can not do anything about and you have to learn how to accept that fact instead of worrying yourself sick about it. You also have to understand that there are things that will occur in your life and you will have to wait on time to make the difference.

The most important thing that you are going to need to understand when you are working on maintaining your inner peace is no matter what you are going through you are going to have to maintain a positive attitude and keep your spirits up and this can best be achieved by focusing on your solutions and not allowing yourself to drown in your problems

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Inner Peace and Joy Tip #97: Wait

Inner Peace and Joy Daily Meditation Tip: The Book of Psalms will uplift your soul. Read Psalms chapters 31-35 for a Spirit Booster!

What does waiting have to do with Inner Peace
You may be asking "What does waiting have to do with maintaining your Inner Peace?" My answer is, I could have avoided a lot of my headaches if only I would have waited before taking action?

Here is what I mean...
Are you impulsive? Well, I am and what threatens my Inner Peace more than anything else is agreeing to do something and then later on wishing I would have just said "No". Has this ever happened to you?

Waiting Before I Speak
I can recall several times that I have been on the phone with my family and friends and during the course of our conversations they have asked me if I was able to do such and such a thing for them. It never fails, without thinking I say yes and no sooner than we hang up the phone, I realize that I acted in haste.

Lesson Learned
So after enough times of acting based on my impulses, I have learned that the best way for me to maintain my inner peace is to wait before I speak. I wait by silently counting to 10 (one thousand one, one thousand and two, one thousand and three, one thousand and four etc.) before I speak.

What happens when I silently count to 10 before I speak is I that I am able to maintain my inner peace because I have enough time to answer logically and not give an impulse answer.

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