There is nothing I seek more than gratefulness and peace of mind. When I’m in their grip, I’m floating on air.
You’ve felt it, too, haven’t you?
Then, you’ve also felt it slip away… Because it’s tough to spend every moment of our lives in a state of gratitude, especially when things that happen to us aren’t exactly positive, right? It’s tough to be grateful on a rainy day when everything seems to go wrong. Not to mention feel peace of mind!
Luckily, there’s a way to jumpstart your gratitude engine and get back into a peaceful frame of mind.
Here are a few quotes I love to read when I need that extra push…
1. “Sometimes we get so focused on the difficulty of our climb that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb.” — Oprah Winfrey
I mentioned earlier that it’s hard to be grateful all the time because real life isn’t always rosy. But what it we could be grateful for the difficult stuff, too?
Just having the opportunity to be alive, to be striving for better, to have a mountain to climb (in Oprah’s words) is something to be grateful for. The path we’re on, while it may feel difficult now, is a beautiful one, for its our own. It’s an opportunity.
2. “Nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry. ” — Napoleon Hill
The easiest way to squash peace of mind is through worry. According to Napoleon Hill, worry is a waste of your time and your energy. Instead of spending the time worrying, why not doing something proactive instead?
The way I see it, you can worry and act OR you can just act. Which do you prefer?
If worry adds no value to my life and crowds out my peace of mind, I’d rather drop it completely. Are you with me?
3. “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” – Abraham Maslow
I’ve found the easiest way to stay within a gratitude mindset is to be loyal to my creativity. That is, to continually heed the call of creating what my soul yearns to create. Sometimes, that is writing articles like this and other times that means drawing a beautiful quote I come across. Other times, it’s taking photographs of my child.
Whatever I feel in the moment, I try my best to answer by freely creating with no judgement and no hesitation.
What do you create?
4.“Happiness only comes through inner peace and joy, which is only attainable through being in the present moment, free of expectations.” — Eckhart Tolle
Another shortcut to peace of mind? The present moment.
No matter what is going on in your mind, drop it and pay attention to what’s in front of you. Are you reading this on your phone? Stop and look around. Are you reading this on your computer? Stop and look around. There’s life happening all around you. Are you paying attention?
The life that’s bursting all around you is beautiful. There’s no denying it. Feel yourself be inundated with gratitude for it.
5. “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” — Dr. Brene Brown
Have you ever watched someone lose their even keel, their joyful state because of something that happened at work? This happens every single day to so many of us.
Instead of letting this happen to me, I try to remember these wise words. My intelligence and my achievements aren’t what matter. What matters is what’s at my core: me, just the way I am, right now. And that feels like the relief in taking a deep, deep breath.
I hope this helps you get back into a frame of mind that’s full of gratitude and inner peace. That’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? To feel wonderful no matter what is going on around us.
I invite you to bookmark this page for when you need a pick-me-up. Go ahead, do it! These great minds will be here waiting to support you and remind you that there’s a better way, a peaceful state of mind available to you at any moment. Every moment!
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About the author: Marcella Chamorro is a new mom, writer and entrepreneur intent on helping you gain peace of mind and creative flow (if that’s your jam). Read her work at marcexo.com.