When you look deep within yourself, do you see peace or internal conflict?
Finding inner peace, achieving peace of mind, is a major life accomplishment—and even though it can be hard to feel peaceful, anyone can work toward a life of harmony, to seek a calm spirit.
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Give yourself the inner peace you deserve with inspiration from these 17 comforting quotes.
1. Seek love.
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.” —Bernie Siegel
2. Look inward.
“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” —George Michael
3. Create boundaries.
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” —Dalai Lama
4. Accept what is.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” —Wayne W. Dye
5. Find yourself.
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” —Eckhart Tolle
6. Practice patience.
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” —John F. Kennedy
7. Rely on yourself.
“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.” —Linda Evans
8. Accept the process.
“Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.’ ” —Haile Selassie
9. Get to work.
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
10. Take responsibility.
“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
11. Discover your version of freedom.
“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero
12. Remember what matters.
“Peace is its own reward.” —Mahatma Gandhi
13. Imagine the end goal.
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” —Norman Vincent Peale
14. Slow down.
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales
15. Stay the course.
“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” —Marvin Gaye
16. Don’t lose faith.
“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
17. Embrace wonder.
“Peace is always beautiful.” —Walt Whitman
This article was originally written in December 2016 and has been updated.
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