4 STEPS TO PEACE, JOY, HAPPINESS – IT STARTS IN OUR MINDS

Do inner insecurities and fears stop you from living life to the fullest? Do you feel most of your thoughts are about the things you wish would change? What would your life be like if you had a clear and peaceful mind?

Here is a peek at a 4 step process to a clear, peaceful, nonjudgmental, happier mind inspired by Tara Brach, a Buddhist psychologist and meditation teacher. Take charge of your thoughts, and ultimately your destiny.

1. RECOGNIZE.

Recognizing isn’t actually doing anything. It’s the initial mindfulness. Like when you take a step back from the full length mirror and realize your socks don’t match each other. It’s that primary awareness.

2. ALLOW.

The second step is about allowing life to be exactly as it is. Without manipulating and changing and applying effort. It’s when you pause, gazing at your feet reflection, without doing anything, simply allowing your socks to be mis-matched.

3. EXPLORE.

The exploration step is where we get inquisitive and ask questions. We investigate our inner experience, we ask a lot of questions. How does this make me feel? Why do I feel the way I do? What do I really need right now?

4. NOTHINGNESS or NON-IDENTIFICATION.

This step turns you to the simple realization that YOU are not your thoughts, your emotions, your feelings. And it gives you a sense of peace in the middle of the whirlwind. And from peace, we can make centered choices. Like, perhaps we decide to have a non-matching sock day. 🙂