“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
2020 was an eye opener and some would say a year of reflection and transformation.
Some could also say that it was an emotional, mental and spiritual rollercoaster.
Now that we have welcomed a New Year, we pray for new beginnings, hope and healing.
As I sat sipping my vanilla chai tea from my favorite mug and, picking my affirmation cards for the day I contemplated. What does inner strength mean to me?
For years I had been practicing meditation and positive affirmations, making vision boards and incorporating these rituals into my daily prayer practices.
At the beginning of the pandemic I was a bit sad that places in which we would frequent as a family would be closed for a while. However, because my schedule had become terribly busy, I had not been consistent with my meditation practice.
This changed as I had more time to spend at home with the transition of working remote, more time with family and working on several projects as a writer.
I admit I was able to spend a lot more time focusing on what I was grateful for and being more in tune with nature. In taking these steps, I was able to build more confidence in myself as an entrepreneur.
Back to the topic on inner strength. Some of you may have heard the term, inner work.
What is inner work? Inner work is the spiritual practice of diving deep into yourself internally and recognizing self-discovery, transformation and healing.
When you start practicing particular exercises such as meditation, affirmations, vision boards and other healing incentive arts, you are strengthening your inner core.
How can you strengthen your inner core?
One of my favorite practices to strengthen my inner is through mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is paying attention to something that allows us to quiet our mind and thoughts.
I have previously written that I have been meditating for 14 years. For those who are new to meditation, I would recommend downloading the Calm app (available through the App or Google Play store). Also, check out sites like Sounds True or Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations.
Another aspect that is related and can be combined with meditations is positive affirmations.
I was introduced to positive affirmations right around the time that I started meditating.
Affirmations are positive statements or a collection of words that you repeat (similar to a mantra). Eventually as you keep repeating the affirmation you begin to subconsciously believe in the affirmation that you are putting forth. From doing this you are also manifesting your desires, depending on the intention. They are a great way to build up your inner strength and help to recognize your self-worth.
Sending you love and light in the New Year!