Inner work brings Inner Peace

December 4, 2017 in Recovery

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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.

Example 1… 

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.

Example 2… 

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.

Example 3… 

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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5 Comments

  • Reply steffie December 4, 2017 at 4:18 am

    So wonderful! Sometimes I have to get out of my head! I need to distract myself from my own thoughts! You are so wise! I wish I knew this when I was your age, coping skills! You gave great examples! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom to us all!

  • Reply the adventurer December 5, 2017 at 4:40 am

    If I feel anxious I also like to sit down and write and just have a cup of tea. It calms me down and I can get my feelings out. Beautiful post xx

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  • Reply Emily December 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    It’s amazing how God has been working on me, how Jesus, who is my peace, has been working on the inside of me, and it truly has transformed me! 🙂
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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot December 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve been having some anxiety issues off and on the past few months. Taking time to myself or time with my husband or loved ones really helps me to feel more balanced.
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  • Reply Cora December 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    This this this. Everything about this.

    This could not be more timely for me, Lyss.

    As I wrote in my post today, I’ve been feeling really scattered and unpresent. But until this week, have I been intentionally trying to do anything about it?? No. “but I know that’s taking the easy way out” Isn’t it so interesting that actually staying in the discomfort of the anxiety is actually the easier route? It totally is. Because when I think about making the conscience effort to bring myself back to a place of grounding – which would involve sitting down in silence, meditating, going to gentle yoga, writing in my journal – I so often choose to discard all these notions and just continue on in my messy anxiousness. Why is the thought of taking time to have these self care moments so hard or daunting?? It is absolutely true that this is work. Internal work. It’s a type of work that will bring overall peace, if we put in the time into it, but in the short term it can feel difficult to get myself to do it. Thank you.
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