Finding Peace, 5 Mindful Practices for the New Year

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“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Happy new year! To start the new year out right I wanted to share helpful tips for finding peace in the year to come. Finding peace is something we all struggle with, and I see myself daily with many "slip-ups" and re-directions back to this. Below are a few things I have found that help

1. Dinacharya: The tradition of dinacharya (daily routine) is one of the single most potent Ayurvedic tools for improving overall health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic medicine looks at the cycles of nature and bases daily activities around these cycles. Establishing balanced daily routines including waking up at the same time, morning cleansing routines, elimination, exercise, meals, work, relaxation, and sleeping. Having a well-established dinacharya is the framework of finding Peace in your life. More on dinacharya.

2. Practice patience:  Patience is an essential ingredient in attaining the ultimate goal of Ayurveda for your self and others. Understand that health and finding peace takes time. Do not expect things to happen overnight. It is also wise to be aware of how you act towards others when it comes to patience. Other people around you may not be living in the same way that you have chosen to. It doesn’t matter; they will have their conscience to live with at the end of the day, and you will have yours. Choose to respond in a way that will give you peace of mind. Take a deep breath before reacting to people who push your buttons.

3. Know your self: To seek Truth, after all, we have to be able to accept that we don’t always have the right answers, while also trusting that we contain somewhere deep within ourselves all the wisdom we need to navigate our lives with ease and peace. Make a list of all the good qualities you intend to cultivate. Are you going to be kinder, fairer, more tolerant, more magnanimous, more patient, more dignified? What are your responses to difficulties going to be? What principles do you wish to uphold?

4. Let go of perfectionism: Perfectionism is about being perceived as perfect. Since you cannot control other's people perception, perfection then merely is unattainable. Allow yourself to be imperfect, and yet still make progress. Do not make yourself feel worst for mistakes you have made or not attaining the goals that you have. Practice self-love and in stressful situations, look at what you did well. If you’ve been struggling, notice when you make progress. At the end of each day, summarize to yourself how you’ve acted well and kept your integrity.

5. Meditate: Meditation brings the inner peace, the internal stability that is needed for a healthy life. You cannot always control your external environment, but you can control your reaction to your situation. Meditation can be easy and has multiple benefits. Take 5-15 minutes each morning mediate, allowing the day to start off in the direction desired for creating more peace in your life. More on meditation.

 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.