07/18/2012 07:08 am ET Updated Sep 17, 2012

7 Ways to Experience Peace... Right Now!

As our world continues to speed up and get more complex, being able to access inner calm -- particularly in the midst of crisis -- is a critical skill. It can reduce stress, improve concentration and generate a sense of confidence. It also facilitates patience and enables you to handle daily affairs with greater ease and clearer judgment. That is true power.

Many people make peace conditional. In other words, they say things like "I will find peace when I make enough money," or "I will feel peace when I work out the kinks in my relationship." Peace becomes dependent on something external happening. In reality, peace is not as complex as one may think and it doesn't have to be a distant goal. Peace is a feeling that can be experienced every day. Here are seven ways to experience a sense of peace right now:

7 Ways To Experience Peace... Right Now!

Peace is a choice. In any given moment, you have the freedom to choose how you want respond to a situation. In yoga we talk about "toning the nervous system" just like we tone muscles in the body -- through repetition. The more you practice relaxation techniques, the easier it will be to access calm. The consistency of practice is more important than the amount of time you spend. In this way, you can become familiar with the feeling of peace. Over time, peace can be a habit.

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