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Mindful Living: The Key to Finding Peace
in a Fast-Paced World

In reality, finding inner peace should not be that difficult, despite everything that’s happening in the world right now. All you have to do is rid your mind of troubles that are not yours to bear. But as with most things in life, that’s easier said than done.

However, as you sit worrying about what could happen to the world tomorrow, next year, or five years from now, you might end up missing what’s happening in your own life right now. That’s how you end up 60 years old, gray and wrinkled, wondering “Where did all my time go?” Then, regrets. You should have traveled more. Met more people. Learned more things. Lived more vibrantly...

It’s a bleak picture, but there are things you can do to stop that from happening. If you want to find peace and live life without regrets, you have to be more mindful of how you live your life.

How?

Do Nothing

When was the last time you laid on your bed motionless, letting the time pass by without a care in the world? Our fast-paced world leaves us feeling guilty whenever we’re not doing anything productive, but every one of us needs a break every now and then.

Start your day a little slower. Don’t “jumpstart” your day with anything, per se. Consider spending a few minutes just noticing things around you. Notice how your favorite shirt faded a little more after the last wash; Notice how the sunlight makes dirt particles look like glitter; you should even stop to notice how the whistling of the kettle is in perfect harmony with the singing of the birds.

See? There’s always a magical time when the world is at peace and you have nothing to worry about.

Reconnect with Nature

Cities are notorious for being loud and fast-paced, but there’s always a secluded meadow or beach somewhere where you can absolutely be one with nature. As you attune your thoughts to the sounds of leaves rustling or the waves crashing, be mindful of how free you can be when you let yourself be.

Realize that the world will not crumble around you even if you don’t check your email for one entire day. You indeed can live in the moment and let tomorrow worry about itself.

Minimize Your Impact on the Planet

There’s a reason why participating in a recycling program or buying all-organic and zero-waste products feel so good. The moment you realize that earthly possessions do nothing to help you achieve peace, the second half of your life begins.

There are countless mental health benefits to going eco-friendly, but the most important of them is making you aware of the fact that you don’t need riches or material things to find happiness.

When you learn how to spend less, recycle better, and care for the planet a little more, you can appreciate in greater scale everything that life has to offer.

Share Your Life with Others

The best things in life are even better shared. Whenever it’s possible, go out and experience films with other people instead of quietly watching Netflix on your own. When making the decision to go green, choose community solar vs traditional solar panels so you can share the wonderful experience with others. You can even join a barter community instead of shopping on your own!

Connecting with other people will help you develop sensitivity and empathy for the needs and feelings of others. Knowing that everything you do affects those around you makes you more mindful of your own actions.

There’s no worse feeling than regretting how you treated someone else…

This kind of guilt is almost impossible to let go, so best prevent it from happening by sharing your life with others.

Pick Your Battles

Finally, to find inner peace, you have to pick your battles. Before letting something frustrate or disappoint you, decide first whether it’s worth it to let yourself be consumed with it. Empathy is important, but not at the cost of your inner peace.

Even if you do decide to help or involve yourself in something, never carry another person’s baggage as if it’s your own. Be mindful of your own headspace, and never take more than what you can deal with.

By protecting yourself from things that can cause unnecessary worry or anxiety, you will be in a much better headspace to stop and smell the flowers.

When all else fails, remember the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to live in the present moment.”

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