I heard this saying over the summer, and it’s stuck with me since.
Inner work brings inner peace. What we do to better ourselves, the work we put into ourselves… it all comes together in cultivating internal peace. It all seems easy when laid out on paper, but actually bringing this statement into action is a challenge.
There are times when I don’t want to do the inner work. For me, inner work consists of taking care of myself. Using coping skills. Taking the time to unwind. Tuning into what I truly need in that moment. There are times when I want to throw the coping skills out the window and just wallow in my thoughts or negativity, but I know that’s taking the easy way out. Doing this inner work- choosing to use these skills and do what’s best for me goes a LONG way.
Sunday afternoon I was feeling a little anxious and out of sorts. I picked up my journal, put on calming music, lit a candle, and wrote poetry and just how I was feeling. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media or sitting among my uneasiness, I picked up my journal because I knew it would make me feel better- and it did.
I did a short yoga flow when I was feeling out of touch with my emotions. Instead of remaining stuck in my head, I got on my mat and went into my body. I chose to quiet down my mind and let my body’s signals move me through this practice.
I cancelled plans to go out a few nights ago. Working inwards sometimes means canceling plans or saying no. Instead of putting myself in a situation I did not want to be in, I said no. I stayed home, watched a TV show, lit my incense, and enjoyed a yummy snack.
->Using our coping skills is not as easy as people make it seem. Making the time for self-care is something we have to consciously fit into our schedules. I am a firm believer that there is always time to take care of ourselves and do this internal work. Whether it’s just 5 minutes a day, that time can go a long way.
Take this post as a reminder for your Monday to keep working on yourself. The journey of internal work does NOT stop. We can always keep improving ourselves and growing. When we are doing this work, more peace inevitably will come. And when it does come, let your soul just rest in it, marinade in its sweetness and take all of it in.
I hope you focus on this internal work today and keep on this path of achieving more peace and harmony within yourself.
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