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How to Find Peaceful and Balanced Lifestyle

Janis has been a student of tai chi and qi gong for 14 years. It has become a major outlet for finding peace and serenity in her life.

Peacefully Balanced Stones

Stone balancing is a popular art. These balanced stones were photograped by the author at the spa resort, "Jackie's on the Reef," in Negril, Jamaica, West Indies.

Stone balancing is a popular art. These balanced stones were photograped by the author at the spa resort, "Jackie's on the Reef," in Negril, Jamaica, West Indies.

In Quest for Inner Peace and Balance Within

Finding peace within comes in the form of a "how to" question for most of us. We are in a constant search for inner peace which we hope will bring us emotional and mental stability, good physical health, harmony in our relationships, and balance in our lives.

Because we are exposed to so much noise and conflict around us, it is often difficult for us to attain and hold onto that inner peace within.

Even those of us who delve into our deeper realms of spirituality and faith, are at times lost in our search. We may find ourselves plagued with an inner turmoil that interrupts a peace which "passes all understanding."

It's not so much that we lose faith as it is an awareness of our vulnerabilities to weaknesses as human beings. Those human vulnerabilities can temporarily cause the comfort of peace to elude us. Our faith is strong but our bodies and souls are weak.

The following poem speaks to that inner struggle for peace and the desire to grasp and hold on to it, in the midst of distraction. It was inspired by the practice of tai chi and qi gong breathing, which over time, makes the state of being at peace and in balance more tangible and accessible.

Activities That Cultivate Peace Within

Stone Balancing is a Peaceful Artform

The stones represent an inner peace and balance that we strive for within ourselves.

The stones represent an inner peace and balance that we strive for within ourselves.

"Reaching For Peace"


As I look for calm within

Distressing from the day

I reach for peace inside myself

An exhale and heartbeat away


The peace that lives within my heart

Is often hard to find

Caught up inside life's chaos

Stuck in my stressed out mind


To be centered is my goal

Stability within

Clearing out the daily noise

Shutting out the din


Praying, breathing, standing still

I find my place of peace

The pathway to my heart is clear

Distractions will now cease


Peace is just a breath away

I get there at my will

With God's help, I pause and say

"Be calm, my heart, be still."

The Balance in Rhythm is Peaceful and Visually Appealing

We long for the rhythm of balance within to bring us peace.

We long for the rhythm of balance within to bring us peace.

What is Peace?

  • Freedom from war or civil disorder; harmony in human relationships; tranquility; quietness (The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, 1995)
  • Peacetime; amity; friendship; harmony; concord; repose; quiescence; truce; neutrality (Roget's Thesaurus, 1985)
  • A state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts and emotions (Merriam-Webster Ninth Edition Collegiate Dictionary, 1986)

[As we look to find "peace within," note that most definitions and descriptive words referring to "peace" include interaction with, or in relation to, another person or an event involving a group of people.]

Inner Peace Emanates Stability, Grace and Serenity

We search for that inner peace and balance keeping our outer appearance graceful, serene, and stable.

We search for that inner peace and balance keeping our outer appearance graceful, serene, and stable.

How to Find Your Own Path to a Lifestyle of Inner Peace

As you journey on your individual paths for peace, look for that special activity that works best for you. Assess what it is you need, what you enjoy, and what will work best for you. Some prefer prayer, others meditation, and still others find a simple walk on a beach or through a meadow the most peaceful activity by which they can achieve inner peace.

Explore what works by trying something new, using self-help resources, or attending workshops. Perhaps a counselor or a spiritual leader can assist you with sorting out inner conflicts that interfere with your finding that path to peace.

Also consider being a part of a community people who engage in positive activities that will enhance a sense of purpose. For example, participating in outreach ministry, volunteer work, or performing acts of kindness that will make a difference in someone else's life. It has been shown that giving and helping others can add to feelings of happiness and inner peace. You will not only increase peace within yourself but you will spread peace to others.

Balancing Stones: Meditative Structures for Cultivating Inner Peace

Peaceful stability emanates from these balanced structures.

Peaceful stability emanates from these balanced structures.

Learn How to Meditate and Create a Lifestyle of Peace

Take a Three-Minute Journey to Inner Peace . . .

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 16, 2015:

Wonderful, aesta1, glad this article uplifted you today. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2015:

Just what I needed today to keep my spirit up. I do tai chi regularly and it helps me maintain balance.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 05, 2014:

I appreciate your wisdom, Purpose Embraced. Thanks for you visit and comments.

Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on February 05, 2014:

In a world of hustle and bustle, we want to experience a sense of peace in our lives. To do this, we have to take deliberate steps to find balance, that is, an equilibrium among the facets of our lives. It means that we might have to let go of some things and go for a simpler lifestyle. Thanks for sharing janshares.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 07, 2013:

Thanks, Rosetta. I appreciate that.

Rosetta on November 07, 2013:

Again, J. you have provided a very useful tool.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 16, 2013:

Poetic comment, poetryman6969. I like the oxymoron. Thank you for stopping by to read this hub.

poetryman6969 on September 16, 2013:

disturbing the universe to find peace...but there is no other way....

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 11, 2013:

Hello Graham, nice to meet you. Thank you kindly for stopping by and reading this hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the votes as well.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on June 10, 2013:

Hi janshares. An absolute delight throughout. We all seem to seek wealth so that we can buy life. What we really seek is peace of mind, we realise this as time passes. So well written and presented.

voted up and all.

Graham.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 06, 2013:

Good morning, my friend. Thanks for your visit. Your comments and votes are very much appreciated. I'm so glad you liked this hub. It had a little bump getting through the new QAP so it means a lot.

Mary Craig from New York on May 06, 2013:

You wrote,m "awareness of our vulnerabilities , our faith is strong but our bodies are weak" great wisdom my friend! This was a beautiful hub from start to finish. Our inner peace influences those around us and brings peace to them as well. Your poem was lovely as are your pictures.

Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 20, 2013:

I'm so happy to hear that. Glad you liked it. Thank you so much for the votes and for sharing. May God's peace be with you always.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 20, 2013:

What a lovely place to find myself this evening....a place to find peace and balance. How well you have shared this.

Voted up and shared :) Angels are on the way to you this evening :) ps

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 13, 2013:

Thank you, ComfortB, same here. I'm so glad you took the time and read this hub. I appreciate the votes. :-)

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 13, 2013:

I find the most peace in looking upward (to the Prince of Peace), Praying and meditating on His promises. He is after all, 'The Peace' that passes all understanding.

Great hub. Voted up and interesting. :)

Have a Peace - Full - Day!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 10, 2013:

Thank you so much for that, Lisawilliamsj. I'm so glad you liked it. I appreciate your vote.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 10, 2013:

Good for you, Ruchira, that's fantastic. I wish you peace on your journey. Thank you for stopping by.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 10, 2013:

Wonderful, Keeley. I wish you success on your path to inner peace through yoga. Thank you so much for your comments and visit.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 10, 2013:

Thank you, Audrey. I'm grateful for your visit.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 10, 2013:

Very nice comments, prospectboy. I really appreciate that. I'm glad that this hub helped you to see that we are all more alike than different in our search for peace. Thank you so much for reading and sharing it.

Lisa Chronister from Florida on April 10, 2013:

Beautiful poem and pictures, as well as great advice. This Hub has everything! Thanks for posting I voted up!

Ruchira from United States on April 10, 2013:

Beautiful indeed :)

I try to keep myself grounded via Reiki. My new love :)

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on April 10, 2013:

Beautiful article. I have just welcomed yoga into my life. It is helping to bring peace into my life. voted up!

Audrey Howitt from California on April 10, 2013:

Beautiful poem--and such an important quest for all of us.

Bradrick H. from Texas on April 10, 2013:

Excellent writing and poem Janis. Inner peace is ever eluding many of us. We're connected to so many things, which allows our minds to constantly be active. I've personally come a long way from where I once was in regards to finding inner peace, but I still feel like I have a ways to go. Reading your terrific article lets me know that there are others who know and understand the importance of finding peace within. Another great article from you. Voted up, rated useful, awesome, and shared. You are definitely an asset to Hubpages :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 08, 2013:

Thank you, Rosetta. I really appreciate the comment.

Rosetta on April 08, 2013:

The article is very informative, the poem beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 08, 2013:

I appreciate that, dwachira. It is difficult at tmes for all of us Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. Thanks for the votes, too.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on April 08, 2013:

Hi janshares,

This is beautifully written, i wish this inner peace is with us all the time, even when days look gloomy. Those photos up there look as peaceful as it sound in this article. Voted up and useful.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 08, 2013:

Thanks, cheapmobiledeals. I appreciate your stopping by and reading it.

Surajit Dahal from India on April 08, 2013:

Your hub is really a good one. AND yeah the pictures have really added to the hubs beauty!!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 07, 2013:

Thank you for liking it, sharingknowledge. It is featured now, thanks.

SHAR NOR from Miami, FL on April 07, 2013:

Thank you for the Hub. I like the pictures you attached and they really make your Hub look good. A must be featured I hope so.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 06, 2013:

Thank you so much, Faith Reaper. Very nice of you. I'm so grateful for your support and for your sharing of this hub. May God continue to bless you, too.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 06, 2013:

Hi Paula! Good to see you, thanks for the visit. I appreciate the comments and the votes.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 06, 2013:

Thanks, Marcy. You're a sweety. :-)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 06, 2013:

Hi jan,

This is an excellent write here, very interesting and useful. Excellent photos too. Loved the poem. A very well-balanced great hub!

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Suzie from Carson City on April 06, 2013:

jan.....Simply exquisite. I LOVE this. You have impressive talent! UP+++

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 06, 2013:

Just dropped back by to read this lovely hub again, and to share it!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 06, 2013:

Thanks, Kathryn, for your comments and for stopping by.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on April 06, 2013:

The poem and photos are pretty, and I like your explanation of what peace is, as well as common ways to obtain it.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 05, 2013:

Hi pinto2011! OMG, how nice of you to say such sweet things. I'm so happy you liked my hub. Thank you so much for the visit and comments.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 05, 2013:

Hi Janis! Very well crafted and thoughtfully written. I think the balance in your writing came from your inner peace. Great hub.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 05, 2013:

Thanks so much, summerberrie, for your kind words and votes. I really appreciate you stopping by.

summerberrie on April 05, 2013:

Beautifully written. Your photos are marvelous! Voted up and shared!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 05, 2013:

Thank you for your wonderful comments, seanorjohn. I appreciate the visit and the vote of confidence.

seanorjohn on April 05, 2013:

This is a truly beautiful hub that has mass appeal. Cannot understand why Hubpages feel it has to be improved, Voted up and beautiful.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 05, 2013:

Thanks so much, Marcy. I'm sooooo glad you like it. I appreciate your visit and valuable comments.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 05, 2013:

I love the information you give as background for the poem, and the beautiful photos - they tie in so well with the idea of balance and peace. Nicely done!!!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 04, 2013:

Thank you so much for those spot-on comments. I appreciate the very nice comments and support, Chitrangada. I'm glad you liked this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 04, 2013:

Nice and beautiful hub, with symbolic pictures. True, we can be peaceful if we decide to be so.....Human mind is such that it can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven.

One can choose to be peaceful and have a balance within.

Great hub, thanks!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 04, 2013:

It certainly is, my friend. Peace be with you, too. And thanks for the comments of support.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 04, 2013:

Hard to attain but so beautiful when you finally find it. Peace be to you my friend. Lovely poetry and prose.

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