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Defining Inner Peace

The expression ‘inner peace’ is often used with various connotations. When we speak of inner peace in the context of human behaviour it may need clearer definition. It is in fact a concept that may be difficult to define for those who seek a scientific explanation.

From a behavioural and leadership context there are few concepts that can have a more profound impact on us than an intuitive understanding of the concept of inner peace. It is a core expression that represents some of the following concepts and attributes that each of us are entitled to lay claim to:

  1. It is a spiritual place in our hearts that is stripped from our outward self. Our outward self is the self that we try to portray to others. It is the self we would like to portray to others. It is a self that is governed by parameters of social and political correctness. This self may consist of many actions and portrayals of actions that may or may not be authentic. A mindset that is based on keeping the outward self satisfied is often in denial of our true self and our true potential. My old dad used to warn me about ‘mates’. I believe he was trying to warn me of the dangers of building reliance on outward self satisfaction, in contrast to being true to our inner self, who we really are.
  2. Inner peace is built on an intuitive belief in a universal governing power that is infinite and more intelligent than any other power.  An inner peace and confidence is seriously damaged if in our heart we do not believe in universal overriding power and values. We may differ in our various opinions of the nature of a supreme being, but we can agree on the serious impact that a lack of faith in universal principles has on our behaviour and real confidence in doing the right thing. It is especially under severe pressure situations that the presence of or lack of presence of a deep-rooted trust in universal values kicks in. We all need a foundational trust in life or else we will default under pressure to social/political correct or self-indulgent behaviour that is not sincere and authentic.
  • Inner peace is essentially a manifestation of spiritual intelligence

 

Spiritual intelligence is an intuitive embracement of spiritual law and principles that is essentially unseen by the physical eye. Inner peace requires trust in the unseen governing power of spiritual law that governs all things.

Inner peace is established on a different plain than physical logic and intelligence. It is the place of the heart, rather than of logic that depends on physical evidences and parameters. Faith, hope and charity are examples of the embodiment of spiritual intelligence and inner peace.

  • Inner peace is the foundation and source of authentic and inspired feelings, thoughts, desires, beliefs and choices

A great many speculations and programs run in our modern society that are aimed at developing creative and innovative skills. For example, in general we tend to recognise that innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets are crucial to our economic survival. The reality is that such mindsets are the product of inner confidence and inner peace mindsets in the first place. It is virtually impossible for a person to think and act really innovatively and creatively without a certain inner peace mindset. The principle is that if we cannot act from an inner confidence then we will automatically default to acts that are founded in outward mindsets that may often simulate innovation but is really just a re-hatch of old ideas and beliefs.

Our performance levels are controlled by our belief levels. It is only in the world of inner peace and confidence that we are able to generate beliefs that are really different and innovative.

  • Inner peace and confidence should not be confused with dullness or a lack of power and energy.

Inner peace tends to generate appropriate rest of body and mind in order to restore strength and energy, but it does not generate laziness or cowardly action. On the contrary, inner peace is a reflection of the best that is in all of us and a rejection of that which tends to corrupt our divine potential to make a difference in life. Inner peace opens up the best in each of us, that part that is prepared to let go of our reliance on values and performance beliefs that reflect the limitations of our outward mindset.

Inner peace mindsets may often generate restlessness within us when we feel that we are not living up to our real potential and that we may be slipping into a smug mindset.

Inner peace tends to generate patience (big picture mindset) but not laziness, it tends to stimulate innovation and not fear of change. Inner peace resists the mindset of doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

Inner peace is not compatible with arrogance, pride or smugness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Louis Groenewald

Louis has been fanatically endeavoring to uncover universal leadership principles and models for longer than most of us have been alive. He is an author, leadership expert, father, grandfather, and the Co-Founder of Leadership Platform.

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