Alive inside? Experiencing the joy of internal life!

Are you alive inside? Are you experiencing the joys of internal life?

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Devoid of internal life, chaos resides inside and inner chaos creates chaos everywhere you go. However, when you connect with and cultivate inner life, there is an ongoing release of peace.

“The internal life can be an endless source of solace, pleasure, and stimulation.” –Carrie Barron M.D.

“Most true happiness comes from one’s inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.” –William L. Shirer

“Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.” –Thomas Merton

“The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“Gratitude bestows reverence allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” –Sarah Breathnach

“I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.” –Susan Cain

“Your understanding of your inner self holds the meaning of your life.”  –Leo Tolstoy

“Our inner life is what makes us human.” –E. Journey

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” –Albert Schweitzer

“To draw continuously on one’s inner life . . . is to keep alight a consuming fire.” –Kenneth Clark

“It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.”  Evelyn Underhill

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.”  –Mark Twain

“Do not despise your inner world. That is the first and most general piece of advice I would offer . . . people flee from their inner world of feeling, and from articulate mastery of their own emotional experiences.” –Martha Nussbaum

“If your inner life is not producing what you would like on the outside, don’t be discouraged . . . just be willing to change.” –Joyce Meyer

“Choice of attention—to pay attention to this and ignore that—is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer.” –W.H. Auden

“The light within us gives power for good actions.” –Lailah Gifty Akita

“Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” –Jesus Christ

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” –Paul of Tarsus

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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3 Responses to Alive inside? Experiencing the joy of internal life!

  1. I love this one…his word like fire shut up in my bones. my prayer is like jeremiah I would contain it but express or release what God’s intentions are out of my mouth etc.

  2. Won’t let anything or anyone steal my joy! I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart! And there is joy in the Salvation Army, i am part of that and so are you! Thanks again Steve, great blog.

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