Break Free into Peace

I hope for nothing.
I fear nothing.
I am free.
–Nikos Kazantzakis

Many of us live in an almost constant state of anxiety, yet we are scarcely aware of it. Most anxiety is caused by either clinging or aversion, and both are based around fear. We are clinging when we fear that we will not get what we want or that we’ll lose what we already have. It is aversion when we fear either receiving, or not getting rid of, what we do not want to have. This fear lives in the background of our lives and shows itself in our discontent, stress, hypertension, frustration, anxiety and depression.

How can we break free from fear and discontent? Find out what this wise author has to say about the power of examining our limiting beliefs, so that we can experience peace and more joy in living:

In most cases, our fear, discontent, and loneliness are due to limitations that exist only in our own minds. Until we pause to question the beliefs about the very nature of who we are and why life should be different for us than anyone else, we remain isolated and alone. As we begin to be more accepting of What Is, our deep dissatisfaction with life begins to lessen. We begin to feel a sense of peace and a joy in just being alive.

Staying present throughout the day can help us to witness our self-limiting beliefs and patterns rather than reacting from them. Here are some helpful steps:

Anchor yourself in the moment with your breath. (This simply means being aware of your breath.)

Do a body scan for sensations and tension.

Relax any tension you find to the best of your ability.

Be open with all of your senses to the life going on around you.
Observe your thoughts as they arise.

Fully accept, don’t resist, whatever you sense.

Be patient and gentle with yourself.

These steps will help bring you back to the moment throughout the day. Notice how much more in tune you can be to the life around you when you are in tune with yourself.

Adapted from Present Moment Awareness, by Shannon Duncan (New World Library, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Shannon Duncan. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from Present Moment Awareness, by Shannon Duncan (New World Library, 2003).

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LMj Sunshine

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Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

gail d.
gail dair5 years ago

thanks

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

Thanks for some great advice

Tanik Tri R
Tanik Tr6 years ago

Good advice on how to find peace within us.. "Be more accepting of what is..."