Perhaps the real secret of finding peace is in living in the present â€“ being present in the moment. There is little to gain by replaying what has already happened or waiting for some future time to enjoy life. If you are living for tomorrow, you are missing out on today. Inner peace increases as the experience of being present and comfortable in the moment increases.
â€œOne day at a timeâ€ is a slogan learned that is helpful in recovery because it teaches us to focus on the present. Sometimes it can be broken down to â€œone moment at a time.â€ Now is all you have. The past is gone. You cannot change it. The future is not here yet. You cannot experience it. The present is where life is lived. Trying to live in the past or future robs you of the only life you have â€“ the present.
Inner peace in sobriety means learning to use your senses again, to become aware of your surroundings, to be mindful of what there is for your senses to experience right now. There is so much beauty in the world to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Using your senses to experience this beauty will enhance your appreciation of the world around you. Someone has said that we donâ€™t look at things as much as overlook them. During the course of your addiction, your senses, for the most part, were dulled into inactivity. They had been concealed by the chemistry provided by the drug. Now they need to come alive.
Awakening your senses can help you expand your awareness in your everyday life. This allows you to experience the beauty of the present and appreciate the way things are. Experiencing the sight of a blue sky, enjoying the sweet smell of puppy breath, or listening to childrenâ€™s laughter can create a moment in time in which you are living in the moment rather than for the moment. This is true inner peace.