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How to Find Inner Peace When Life Seems Rough

Q: How to find happiness?

Todd Answers: Every action we take is done out of a search for happiness. And yet, all we find is momentary pleasure followed by more craving and more longing. We seek out pleasure and try to avoid pain, but no matter how well we do, we don’t find lasting happiness.

The happiness we seek isn’t in the things we seek. Lasting joy and peace can only be found in the moments between words, actions, and thoughts. In the spaces between objects and things.

finding inner peace when life is tough

Q: Life has been extremely difficult lately. What advice would you give?

Todd Answers: Try not to carry life on your shoulders and just take it moment by moment. May you look back on it soon as a distant memory.

Q: I’m 49 and have not found peace yet. I have all the time in the world to meditate, eat healthy and exercise but it is hard to take the first step. Hoping I will get on the path of enlightenment and will start moving instead of being lazy and wishing for it. Any thoughts?

ToddAnswers: Try not to carry all your ambitions and goals on your shoulders right now. Just focus on the first step and one step at a time. For me, that first step was meditation. That gave me the discipline, and clarity to achieve everything else.

Q: I’m 49 and have not found peace yet. I have all the time in the world to meditate, eat healthy and exercise but it is hard to take the first step. Hoping I will get on the path of enlightenment and will start moving instead of being lazy and wishing for it. Any thoughts?

Todd Answers: Try not to carry all your ambitions and goals on your shoulders right now. Just focus on the first step and one step at a time. For me, that first step was meditation. That gave me the discipline, and clarity to achieve everything else.

Q: We are in a time where every man, woman, and child on earth is being threatened by a group of people or a part of the consciousness that is malevolent. The part of the race that actually is not content with what they have. Where they have so so much so-called monetary wealth and power that they have manipulated our existence and in a way have bought man. This is complex, even as a write this I have the other side going through my mind, there are people all over the world in sheer poverty. Are we, you and I indulging ourselves, because you can make this video and I can write this comment that may lead to a conversation…

Todd Answers: There are upsetting things in this world, but we don’t have to become upset by them. We can fight with all our might these evils without fighting people. We can work hard for change while accepting what is.

Is it indulgent? Only if the purpose is for self-gratification. If the purpose is for understanding, recentering, strategizing, and persevering, I would say it’s essential.

Q: All that you teach is true but it’s so hard to do something almost impossible.

Todd Answers: Overnight, yes. But little change every day, very doable.

Q: Why do some decisions hurt and continue to hurt for a long time? It’s hard not to look at the source of pain that remains in the past.

Todd Answers: The best we can do is try to see it as the growing pains that are making way for something better.

Q: I believe in my heart that everything you said about negative thoughts is true. Then, why do I forget this truth so often?

Todd Answers: It’s like we’ve all been wearing super high definition virtual reality headsets with surround sound and smellavision all our lives. It’s easy to forget the awe and wonder that lies just beneath the surface. Our brains are physical objects designed to recreate the physical world. But the more we practice, the more we listen to our heart and intuition, and the more tuned we will be to our own inner peace and joy. When we have constant access to that, we can flow with time and no temporary aggravation can disturb us.

I have found that meditation, closing my eyes, disconnecting from the outer world, and turning my attention inward is the best practice for becoming in tune with our mysterious miraculous universe.

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