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Reach Upward is Greg Denning's personal blog, of stories, inspiration, experiences and solid life skills and advice for young people and adults.

How To Acquire Inner Peace and Purity

Do you want to acquire lasting inner peace and purity? Here's how.

Keeping Life’s Wonder

I want to tell you about a fascinating place in Mexico in the middle of the Chiapas rainforest called Agua Azul which translates to “blue water.” It is a series of waterfalls that cascade into tranquil, pure pools of turquoise water. It has become one of my favorite places in the world to visit! Words (perhaps even pictures) can’t adequately describe it. All the travel guides suggest not to visit during the rainy season if you want to see the paradise-like, blue waters as the rain turns Agua Azul into muddy, brown waters. The place loses a bit of its wonder, tranquility and purity.

Life can be like that too! We have got to filter out the negative to maintain that peace and purity! If we allow bad influences we will muddy the waters of our own lives.

Be Discerning

So, don't allow anything into your life that isn't elevating, uplifting or edifying. Be discerning about the caliber of your relationships, the music you listen to, the conversations you have, the movies you watch, the books you read...etc. Don't allow anything into your life that weakens your control or destroys the wonder and peace of your life.

Put up strong filters and don't allow or invite in anything that would muddy those pure waters.

Keeping any negativity at bay will bless you with happiness and inner peace. It will elevate your interactions with others, the way you live and the way you see the world around you.

Part of My Own Story

Before I wrap up, I want to share part of my own story with you that I hope you will find helpful. When I ended up out on my own at a young age, I was literally surrounded by countless negative influences. I saw first-hand how life-destroying these types of negative influences can be—whether addiction, immorality, abortion, crime, dishonesty—they were all around me and offered at every turn. Fortunately, I was clear-minded enough to want the life I envisioned for myself, rather than give into the loneliness, negativity and destruction around me. I could easily have accepted my environment and live the life that was being offered. But I knew none of those things would take me to where I wanted to go.

Remember this great lesson: when you choose your path, you have chosen your destination.

Have the courage to be discerning, to choose your path carefully. If there is anything in your life you don't want, get rid of it and overcome it. Let's cultivate lives of purity, wonder and inner peace!




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