Inner peace is a state of being that is always with you. It is the "stuff" that goes on around us in our external world that causes us to forget the peace is still there. Releasing the external helps us refocus on the internal. If you are caught up in a lot of earthly turmoil (whether physical or mental), this may be hard to believe. But all things "human" are temporary; your inner peace is connected to your Spirit and is permanent.
"Your sense of inner peace depends on spending some of your life energy in silence to recharge your battery, remove tension and anxiety, and feel closer to all of humanity. Going into the quiet and listening will heal and inspire you." Wayne Dyer
Our yoga studio shares a wall with a training facility where people are often dropping weights loudly; it is hard not to allow the disturbances seem like a rude invasion of our peaceful practice. But, today, it occurred to me that these interruptions were the perfect analogy to my theme. Being in the yoga studio represents our inner peace. We know that despite whatever mood we carried in with us, by the time we get to svasana, we will have found our sanctuary of stillness. The weights crashing and people yelling on the other side represent the family members that cause us angst and the traffic jams we get stuck in and all the other "intrusions" that life throws at us. These things pile up in layers until we forget our peace still lays inside. Today, we practiced gratitude that we were within the confines of the studio, ie: inner peace, and not on the other side of the wall. We worked on not allowing the loud noises to interrupt our peace.
Use this mantra for today..."I am peaceful. I am peace."