You may not realize this, but chances are good you already know the answer for you!
Let me tell you my answer, and then let’s explore yours . . .
A few days ago, several challenges occurred on top of each other, minutes before I was to meet with my next client on the phone. Instead of attempting to resolve all of them in that time, I instinctively went outside and laid on the ground.
I am still astonished by how quickly Mother Earth restores my inner peace even though I have known this since I was a little kid. And, I love that my job requires me to be in a state of inner peace!
During those few minutes of laying on the ground, anger dissolved into love and open-heartedness around one situation. A second challenge became easily resolvable. I found kind wording for dissolving a third challenge. And, the exhaustion I had felt disappeared.
All that in less than 10 minutes and I was ready for my client a few minutes ahead of schedule.
That’s how I restore my inner peace.
At some point, this conversation comes up with almost all of my clients.
One realizes that walking her dog, even just around the block, almost always does the trick. Another puts on loud music and dances like crazy for 3 to 5 minutes. Yet another asks himself, “What is the Big Boy response here?” Years ago, one of my clients took her kids to the park. Now that they are growing and grown, she goes for a run in the park.
So, what about you?
For many of us, it’s a physical thing. For a few, it’s some kind of mental challenge. For others, engaging in or reading something that touches their heart or stirs their creativity. For some, it involves extending kindness or care to another.
I challenge each of us to make a written list of our top 3.
In addition to laying on the ground, I find sitting on the ground and stacking rocks brings me back to inner peace.
- Laying or sitting on the ground.
- Shaking out every part of my body to an energizing song.
- Singing along at the top of my lungs with one of my favorite songs, currently “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.
Post them below in the comments section . . .
(Excerpted from my forthcoming book, “Strong from Within: Simple perceptions and practices for transforming crisis into clarity and purpose”)
4 thoughts on “How Do You Restore Inner Peace? In Just a Few Minutes?”
Ken, I do understand that for YOU it has to be “Strangers in the Night.” 🙂 I think I’ll start with Bruce Cockburn’s “Anything Can Happen.”
No, No! You don’t understand! It HAS to be “Strangers In The Night” or it won’t work!
Haven’t you learned anything??
(I”m sure it’s obvious, but just in case…I’m joking.)
Ken, I’m realizing as I look at what works for you that perhaps we each have many of our own ways of interrupting our habitual patterns that lead to inner turbulence. I wonder if sometimes it’s less about what we do to and more about the fact that we do something different.
Next time I’d love a little more inner peace, I’m going to try humming!
1. Say to myself, “Oh, here’s Ken facing a challenge,” or “Oh, here’s Ken feeling upset,” or whatever.
2. I have very limited experience with shaking, and it seems to work very well if ever I remember to try it.
3. Start humming “Strangers In The Night.”