“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
After reading these two quotes, I knew what I would write about today:
Finding that Inner sanctuary.
Each and every one of us have our very own quiet place that we can go to escape the storms of life.
We all possess that stillness that lies ten feet down below the raging surface of the ocean of troubles we face.
But knowing that it is there, and finding our way to it can be very different things indeed.
Throughout my lifetime I have been witness to many people that I love suffering from depression, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and just trying to make it through a difficult situation.
As I have witnessed their struggles, and then tapped into the memories of my own struggles, and idea began to emerge in my mind…
Pity is the side effect of every single one of these conditions.
And once a person succumbs to pity they begin a downward spiral that is extremely difficult to recover from.
Pity is a drug that is more addictive than heroine.
Pity is the tool that Satan uses to entrap us in his prison.
There is only one antidote for pity…
and that is LOVE.
Love is the key to unlock the door to your inner sanctuary.
Love has the power to stop pity dead in it’s tracks.
Love will lead you gently by the hand to that quiet place within that we all desire.
(Just reading that quote makes you feel HOPE doesn’t it?)
I have been on a quest these past ten years to discover my own power, beauty, and stillness.
I wanted to leave behind the past that had tried so hard to convince me that I was powerLESS, ugly, and that life was meant to be hard.
I had seen firsthand several friends who had a special kind of peace about them no matter what was going on around them.
I wanted to discover that peace for myself.
I have finally learned how to be that person.
I can finally face my fears head on with a calm resolve.
I know where my power lies and how to tap into my inner beauty.
I had some great teachers along the way that have shown me where to find peace. One of them is the famous author Eckhart Tolle.
I want to share some amazing insights by Eckhart Tolle on how to find peace within yourself,
(These insights were life changing for me, and I pray that they will be for you as well.)
“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.
Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.
Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness?
Whenever there is some silence around you — listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.
See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.
When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness.
Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.
Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises.
Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness.
Any disturbing noise can be as helpful as silence. How?
By dropping your inner resistance to the noise, by allowing it to be as it is, this acceptance also takes you into that realm of inner peace that is stillness.
Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is — no matter what form it takes — you are still, you are at peace.”
– Excerpt from Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
When I was reading his book, the Light bulb went off for me, and I finally understood where inner strength comes from.
It comes from a willingness to observe the noise without judging it, or trying to control it or manipulate it.
You just need to learn how to “ride the sound wave” so to speak.
Life will never be still or quiet.
In order to learn and grow we must be tested,
Much like we test our muscles when we life weights.
We don’t life weights to punish our arms…
We lift to strengthen them.
So when I am in the midst of a storm in life, I have learned to shift my thoughts from resistance to acceptance.
I allow myself to experience all of the feelings and emotions that the situation is bringing up for me.
But instead of getting swept away by them, I sit and allow my awareness to observe them, question them, and learn from them.
By learning how to find peace within yourself, you will notice immense benefits such as peace of mind, clarity, inner peace, joy, increased energy, calmness, happiness and bliss.
What helps you find peace within yourself?
Please share your insights and experiences in the comment section below.