“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it” – Brian Tracy (courtesy of Tiny Budhha)
It’s the holiday season, a time of joy and spending time with family and friends. It’s also a time of stress, chaos, and hecticness. In recent times, I have learned to find ways to imbue serenity and quietness into my life; it was important at this stage of my life. Below are some simple tips for finding some serenity and happiness in everything you. They were inspired by last year’s visit to Phuket, Thailand.
We steered far from the madding crowds and visited some of the most peaceful temples on the island.
Tip #1: Celebrate your life
Rather than focusing on how our lives are not complete or how we have not yet achieved all that we want to achieve, find one to three things in your life to celebrate. Celebrate them with passion and energy. Involve another person (a friend, family member, a husband/wife/partner) and share your reflections verbally or with simply a hug and a kiss.
An alternate plan is to simply celebrate nature and its natural beauty. I make sure to pause and appreciate a fragrant flower…..,
..or the simplicity of lotus buds in a pot.
Tip #2: Practice creative expression
This week, choose one way to celebrate who you are or something you’ve done. Express your creativity by trying one of the below:
- try out a new book, recipe, or song
- revisit an old love from before – an instrument, painting, embroidering, any passion
- try to integrate creativity into what you already do, for example, at work, physically or in how to communicate with colleagues and associates
- gravitate towards or organize those who are like-minded; attend a book club, take a creative class, join foreign language group to practice or get exposure to a new language
- make a bucket list – things you’d like to do this summer, maybe this year, or in your lifetime. Pick one, and start the planning
Tip #3: Practice Solitude
Even though I am known to be social and an extrovert, and I immensely enjoy the company of different circles of friends, I have come to realize that an important part of my personality and nature is a bend towards being refreshed and reinvigorated when I am alone.
Schedule a time for solitude in the next week. It need not be very long – it can be several hours or just several minutes. It can involve meditation or simply being alone with your thoughts.
Here are some of the benefits I have experienced from seeking solitude:
- Improved concentration and productivity
- Rebooting and refreshing the mind and spirit
- Improved quality of relationships with others
I hope these tips will help you to find peace and serenity in your life.
Peace and xin cam on,
Perfume River, December 2013