Finding Your Inner Peace

What does inner peace mean to you? Many will define it as living in luxury or the feeling after accomplishing a huge project or some may describe it as the feeling you get after eating a delicious slice of cheesecake. However, inner peace is much more serious than food or a project it is something we must determine before we can truly live a happy, healthy and most importantly a content life.

Some are forever searching for this inner peace while comparing themselves with others, competing with siblings, or making a bucket list that they may never complete. Most people live very unhappy lives because they have not found this inner peace. Some wish their lives would be different, lived in a bigger home, drove a fancier car, had the perfect family or the perfect job. None of those things will bring inner peace.

Finding our inner peace begins by accepting who you are. Wow! That is huge and perhaps a bit difficult to process. However, it is one of the ways to find the inner peace that truly lives within each and every one of us. You may find yourself upset over what may have occurred years ago and some find it difficult to move on from certain instances in their lives. It is essential to let go of the past and those that may have been a part of it that made a negative impact on your life.

Instead of holding on, learn from the lesson that was attached to the particular situation because if you think hard enough you will realize there was a lesson. Learn from the lesson and move on with your life. The saying – ‘life is too short’ may be associated with the phenomenon of living your dreams. Too often the dreams you have are unachievable and should be left as dreams. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming unless you are working so hard to achieve the dream that it ends up ruining your life in the process. Stop thinking what would have happened if only you had this or that. Instead of living in the life of ‘if only’s‘ start living your life for today.

Finding your inner peace does not mean the negation of worry. The inner peace that you search for is one that will come when you face the greater story. This is not to be confused with the inane things in life because as mentioned life is too short and merely a drop in a bucket compared to your life in eternity. If you think of what your life will be for the rest of eternity, the things of this world will soon grow dim because you will be mindful of the bigger story. The greatest peace of all will come when you make peace with Him.

The greatest offense to Him comes when you think you can determine what happens in your life. The saying that everything in our lives happens for a reason is very true. For a very long time I wrestled with thoughts of why my life was the way it was. It was when I gave up living in the past and started applying the lessons learned from the pain and anguish that the inner peace began to appear.

The inner peace you long for and search for is within you and it begins with letting go and living life today. Stop worrying about the past, stop comparing yourself with others; live the life you have today to the fullest and simply be happy and content. It is possible when you look at the bigger picture and understand our days on this earth are numbered, why live with fear, anger or sadness? Let it all go and you will find the inner peace you long for.

About Dr. Daisy Sutherland (816 Posts)

Dr. Daisy Sutherland is a doctor, author, speaker, healthy living brand ambassador, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Daisy's mission is to ~ Help Busy Moms and Families achieve Happier and Healthier Lifestyles.

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  1. 1
    Molly Rider says:

    Such fantastic advice! Inner peace IS something we can have now and always….by simply loving ourselves now, as we are! So well said. Thank you. Do you have any suggestions for how to let go of the “when this happens… or if only…”? Thanks! :)

    • 1.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Hi Molly!! Oh yes…when we find ourselves saying ‘if only’ instead say..’it would be nice’ and remember how truly blessed you are. Simply changing the words and what we say to ourselves will help tremendously…try it and let me know how it works for you. Merry Christmas :)

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    terressa cortez says:

    This is so very true. Has taken me a long time to get to this point in my life. I diligently work at it daily. Great article.

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    Love, love, love this Dr. Daisy! My greatest take away is “The greatest peace of all will come when you make peace with Him”. This statement is so powerful! Everything we are and need is in Him!

    • 3.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thank you Antonina! If we simply step back and see how truly blessed we are, we will find the inner peace we are always searching for…but it always begins with Him!! Merry Christmas:)

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    Marie says:

    Inner Peace is a critical component in a joyful life. When I know I’m living in harmony with my beliefs and principles that peace is wonderful. Accepting who we are and not beating ourselves up for our past “mistakes” is critical as well. I love your advice to Molly as well. That is something I’ll be working on, too. I am learning every day to count my blessings and stop worrying about the rest. Thanks for another insightful post.

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    Carl mathis says:

    Great advise Dr. thank you. Fining that inner peace is most important in our life.

    Bless you

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    Kim Hawkins says:

    Great thoughts and perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 7

    Brilliant article, Dr. Daisy! Love this point, (it was the highlight of the post, for me!):” Finding our inner peace begins by accepting who you are”. Thank you!

    • 7.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks Sherie! It has definitely been a work in progress and I am living proof that inner peace is certainly begins with accepting yourself:) Merry Christmas!

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    Rob Hodgins says:

    Being mindful of the bigger picture. Knowing there is something bigger than ourselves.

    These help me to put the little problems in life into perspective: They’re small! Smaller than me. :)

    Thank you!

  9. 9
    Lorii Abela says:

    Love your article Dr. Daisy. I definitely agree with you that finding inner peace starts by accepting who I am, who we are. Thank you for sharing..

  10. 10

    Its amazing we often seek acceptance outside before accepting ourselves. We are constantly looking to others as a measuring stick as to what we ought to have. And as for living in the past, yes so many are stuck there. No wonder there is no inner peace. This article hits home because i think we all struggle with this at different levels. Thanks for the advice its so relevant.

    • 10.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks’s so true how often we try to seek for acceptance from others…when it begins with us and Him!! Thanks for stopping by…Merry Christmas :)

  11. 11

    Another fabulous article, Dr. Daisy! It’s seems to be so much easier to grasp for the things outside ourselves rather than delving into self-acceptance. Goals get recycled and oftentimes we forget to check in to see if we really want them at all or that they need revised. Living in the present is the key. Thank you so much!

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    Tara says:

    Inner peace is something that we all have close at hand, but many find it impossible to reach. Making peace with both yourself and God are important, no matter who you are.

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    Hi Dr. Mommy, I equate “inner peace” with contentment. Happiness is fleeting but contentment (and inner peace) are lasting. Thanks for the great advice! :)

    • 13.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks Julie!! I completely agree…contentment is equivalent to inner peace…so hard to find but when found…the ultimate peace:) Merry Christmas!

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    Mona says:

    Your words come at a time where I’m troubled over something really small and insignificant! This puts it all in perspective. Thank you.

    • 14.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Aww…I sure hope this post has helped…God placed those words on my heart and I had to share…Merry Christmas!

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    Kim Garst says:

    Daisy, this statement really stuck out to me and you are so right…

    “The inner peace you long for and search for is within you and it begins with letting go and living life today. Stop worrying about the past, stop comparing yourself with others; live the life you have today to the fullest and simply be happy and content.”

    There isn’t a thing that you can do about the past; there is only today and what the future holds for each of us. Great article!

    • 15.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks Kim! And yes, what has happened in the past is done and gone…we must live for today and make a difference:) Hugs to you and yours! Merry Christmas:)

  16. 16

    Thank you for this article. So helpful for me as I look toward 2012 and the BIG plans/dreams I have. So important to focus on Inner peace and peace with Him even as I push forward. Great calming reminder, thank you!

  17. 17

    For me, finding Inner Peace was all about giving up control. When I finally accepted that I was not the ruler of the world, I got it. Now, I follow my heart, my wisdom, my inner leading. I do what I can and I leave the rest in God’s more than capable hands. It has freed me from all anxiety and panic! Woohoo!
    Thanks so much for this post. Blessed me…
    The LEARNED Preneur @ NormaDoiron.NET ╰☆╮

    • 17.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks Norma! So glad that you are finally freed from the anxiety and panic! When we give it up to God..our lives are much more peaceful!! Merry Christmas:)

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    Love this Dr. Daisy. I too have found that when I just let go and live each day to the fullest, I am overcome with a peace that I just can’t describe and quite honestly, it’s a peace like no other. When we choose to really accept ourselves and believe deep down inside that we are unique and that He has a unique calling on our lives, it is them that the inner peace takes residence within our souls. Thanks so much for sharing and for the great reminder.

    • 18.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      You are very welcome…when I was able to let go of my past the inner peace soon followed…Merry Christmas!

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    Tracy says:

    I LOVED your article, I am a very easy going person and at peace.. But i’ll be sharing this with some of my friends that are wound a little bit to tight and hang onto everything they can that is SO NOT WORTH HOLDING ONTO :( i think reading it from an outside source it might “click”.

    • 19.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thank Tracy for your kind words. I truly hope and pray that your friends will find inner peace…not worth hanging on to things from our past…which will only keep us from moving forward and enjoying life to the fullest…Merry Christmas!

  20. 20

    Great post Daisy. Speaking to a friend today I was humbled. He had been talking with other people how they wished they could have the inner peace I have and throughout my life I had felt everything but peace. I was finally able to accept who I was and change the things that were harming me. External sources don’t bother me so much anymore and it is all small stuff when compared to the bigger picture. Thank you.

  21. 21

    You’re so right about keeping the bigger picture in mind. It’s easy to get stuck in the little details and forget the main reason we’re here. Thanks for the reminder & happy holidays!

    • 21.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks for visiting…and yes the bigger picture is truly ah-mazing if we simply take the time to focus on it and nothing else:) Hugs!! Merry Christmas!

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    Manny says:

    I loved reading your article. I think it takes time to realize that inner peace is truly achievable by accepting who are you, but I also believe it is also important to accept who you can become as well. It is the constant never ending improvement that keeps me going personally, and although I except who I am, I do not accept that because of who I am I can only do so much…I believe we as people can accomplish anything.

    • 22.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      Thanks for reading and your beautiful comment. Yes..we can accomplish anything…it is possible as well as achieving inner peace and contentment.. Merry Christmas! :)

  23. 23

    This post truly resonated with me because there was a time in my life when I did not have inner peace. I have it now, so I know just how invaluable it is. #Priceless! Thank you for the reminder Daisy!

    • 23.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      You’re very welcome! Inner peace is difficult to find but when we do find makes a huge difference..Merry Christmas:)

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    Jennifer says:

    Such a great article Dr. Daisy! Accepting who you are is so hard, yet so wonderfully life-changing. It is also a process I think, where we can slowly become more comfortable and confident with who we are. An important lesson for me has been that you can have inner peace and be still strive to be more and better at the same time!

  25. 25

    Yes, the way to inner peace is letting go and flowing with the idea that everything is working out for your good/ THanks for the reminder

  26. 26

    “The greatest peace of all will come when you make peace with Him.”

    I believe you hit the nail on the head with that statement. And as you state, a nice car or job won’t satisfy anyone in the long run. Only one thing can do that. (See Philippians 4:13.)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  27. 27

    This is such a beautiful and inspiring post. I absolutely love it! It resonated with me so much. I had lived my life for many years trying to find inner peace, but it wasn’t until I accepted who I truly was that I found it and it gets even more Amazing the more I continue to grow. I had to learn that in my early 40’s that I no longer needed my parent’s approval…I just needed my own approval. Thank you, so much for sharing this! It is so vital {hugs}

    • 27.1
      Dr. Mommy says:

      OMGoodness…we are definitely kindred spirits..I too found myself longing for the approval of others and lots of times that of my deceased parents..crazy right? But you..I am liberated and truly finding inner matter what is thrown my way. I may freak out initially but then compose myself and look to Him for peace and He always delivers:)

  28. 28
    John Henry says:

    Dream big with reasonable expectation.
    When you fall down, leave the baggage of failure in the ditch and move on.

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    Al Quintana says:

    Nice piece and great advice Dr. Mommy. We so often are our own worst critics, beating ourselves up for things that we didn’t feel lived up to our own expectations. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to achieve, and in fact, that is often one of the most inspiring things we do. However, understanding and being at peace with the fact that there is so much in life that we’re not in control of is the hardest part for so many of us. Yet, in those moments when we allow ourselves to accept and learn, rather than object with either anger or sadness, it’s amazing how good the sense of inner calm really makes us feel.

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