- Silence does not automatically equal success
- Peace comes in many forms
- Removing the negative can be just as valuable as adding the positive
The benefits of meditation are lauded and proven. No one is arguing that whether it’s a few quiet moments in the morning, a peaceful, solo run at lunch or a full-out, 20-minute guided meditation in the evening, this check-in time with ourselves is extremely valuable.
But what if you’ve found that there are fewer and fewer quiet moments, alone times and opportunities to sit crossed-legged for prolonged periods? Does that mean peace just eludes you? Of course not! It simply means you adapt.
Silence may be fleeting in your life right now, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to spend the foreseeable future living in chaos, static and useless noise. Instead, use what you do have at your disposal to achieve some peace and self-perspective whenever (wherever and however) possible.
One of the easiest ways to do that is to bond with nature. A walk, hike, run or bike ride can do wonders for us. This can be done alone, but if this isn’t possible, it’s always wonderful to have a partner along for the journey! Take your wife on a sunset stroll, or your son on a tandem bike ride. Like meditation, the benefits of sunlight, the outdoors and reconnecting with nature cannot be overstated.
You can also add some Zen to your personal space, both at home and in the office. If zen for you involves traditional items like a small Buddha statue, desktop Zen garden or Bonzai tree, great. If not, add what brings you peace. This could include everything from a photo of your parents at their 30th wedding anniversary to a vial of sand from your last vacation or a drawing your child completed.
Peace can also be achieved not by adding elements or activities that bring you harmony, but by removing the ones that don’t. Nix that tie with the God-awful kittens on it if the thought of wearing that gift from your great aunt gives you more anxiety than appreciation. Plow through that pile of paperwork on your desk so it’s no longer that unwelcoming reminder of how much you have to do – or how much you can procrastinate. Keep a pair of headphones or earplugs at your desk if you need to “get in your own head” for a few moments but need to remain in place.
Meditation is wonderful, but it isn’t the only way we can increase our happiness, self-perspective and peace. There are tons of ways we can do this if we just get creative and honest with ourselves about what does and does not have a positive effect on us!