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It’s easy to understand why searching for simplicity and peace eludes us when the world is at war, our minds are at war, and our relationships are at war. So how do we secure the inner calm we so desperately desire? How do we find inner peace amidst all this turmoil?

In the words of John Lennon, “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away." Rather than searching outside ourselves for circumstances and people that will bring us peace, peace will come from our inner being. But how do we tap into the wellspring of inner peace within us, especially when our outer world is stressed and chaotic?

Learn to say no

Easier said than done, right? Here’s a tip to get started in the right direction. We can graciously say no when we’re feeling pressured to say yes, perhaps saying something like, “I’m honoured by your request, but I’m in a season of my life right now where I’m refocusing my priorities. I would love to say yes, but the reality of my time limitations means I must say no this time. Thank you for understanding."

Simplify and declutter

Organising your life starts with developing little habits and rituals. The key is in attacking one room - or even just one corner  of that room - at a time. When we don’t spend an hour before leaving the house looking for lost school books, overcoats and car keys, we won’t be running late, and our morning (and our ensuing day) will become much less stressed.

Forgive

Without forgiveness, inner peace will constantly elude us. Forgiveness is not just something we do; it is a loving and accepting state of mind that forgives others for the wrong they’ve done to us, even if the other person is not at all sorry for their words or actions. Forgiveness lifts from us many burdens, both physically and emotionally, therefore helping us to regain control of our lives and our emotions.

Toni Green is a Launceston-based naturopath, herbalist and health writer. It is her passion to pass on this knowledge of natural therapies to others so that they might live a stress-free life with health and vitality. Toni can be contacted at www.naturalhealthsolutions.net.au; toni.green57@iinet.net.au or 0431 716 601.