Achieving peace of mind
A renowned Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon was once asked what he
personally believed about peace of mind. This is what he said:
"Peace of mind, for me, comes from a sense of contributing to
humanity. My own work gives me so much pleasure and enjoyment and is so
exciting that I don't feel any desperation to get away from it."
course, a strong sense of purpose helps immeasurably in directing one's
energies, and the greatest satisfaction, I believe, comes from a purpose
directed toward others and unassociated with self. Self -discipline is
therefore essential, in my view."
"Because my working day is marked by pressures, emergencies, and
demands of all kinds, I cherish the early morning hours when I can be
alone. I rise at 4:30 a.m. every day, go to my study, and engage in
meditation for half-an-hour. Thereafter, I spend another half-hour
either listening to Beethoven, Mozart or Chopin or play the violin. At
5.30 a.m. I begin my one-hour walk."
"For me, the solitude of the early morning is the most precious time
of the day, the only time that I have to myself. The early morning hours
symbolize a rebirth; the anxieties, frustrations, and woes of the
preceding day seem to have been washed away during the night."
Peace of mind
What is the mental state called "Peace of Mind?" In general, it is a
state where the mind is not stirred up by anxieties or worries. The
mental activity is phased down so that quietness and calmness can be
experienced. Instead of being troubled by the past or the future, the
point of focus lies on the present moment.
We experience this fantastic mental state, for instance, during a
vacation or while being deeply absorbed in an amazing book. During this
state we are not troubled by worries and thoughts. Instead, the mind is
calm, we have found inner peace.
How can we calm the mind to invite mental serenity and peace of mind
into our lives? Even more importantly, how can we maintain a peaceful
mind in stressful and hectic situations or during times of great despair
The following tips would help to establish a peace of mind.
If someone were to ask me, "What is the most powerful way to create a
peace of mind?" I would recommend meditation without the shadow of any
doubt. It is simply the most effective thing to do. I have experienced
In this context what I mean is not a spiritual practice, but a
mindful practice to calm the mental activity.
According to neuroscientists, the continued practice of meditation
can effect beneficial changes in the physical structure of the brain.
This re-shaping of the brain's structure helps activate the part of the
nervous system that is responsible for rest, allowing us to better cope
with stress. Furthermore, meditation reduces stress and strengthens the
ability to sustain attention. Recent research at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School USA has found that meditation can
dramatically reduce anxiety. The study highlighted that 90% of the
participants, who suffered from clinical levels of anxiety, experienced
significant reductions in their anxiety levels.
Just spend half-an-hour a day, in the morning or at night on
meditation. There are enough free videos available in the net to learn
about simple meditation methods.
The laws of physics limit you and your potential. Therefore, we must
set some limits to keep up with the daily tasks and thereby achieve the
goals easily. The simple idea is that we have a minimum and a maximum
number of units (time, money) we're prepared to spend on a certain
activity (work, sports, spouse, and children). Having limits help us
organize investments of our time, energy and other resources.
Don't make mountains out of molehills.
Life always has its daily problems. Some are big, while some are
small, and we need to determine which ones need to be addressed and
which ones to be dismissed. We need to stop and ask ourselves a couple
of questions: Does this issue really matter? Is it important enough to
address and will it even matter tomorrow, next week or the next month?
How will my reaction to the issue impact the people involved? When we
make a big issue out of something that is not really big, we risk a
breakdown and stress.
If we want to keep our sanity, sometimes we have to learn to slow
down and really enjoy life.
We have to savour those fleeting moments. When did you stop and enjoy
the present moment without judgment or reflection on the past or fret
about the future? Master the art of slowing down and enjoy life without
sacrificing your goals and plans for the future.
Accept and let go
We've all been hurt by another person at some time or another, e.g.
we were treated badly, trust was broken, hurt. And while this pain is
normal, sometimes it lingers far too long. We relive the pain over and
over, and have a hard time letting it go.
This not only causes us to be unhappy, but could strain or ruin
relationships, distract us from work and family, and other important
things. We get trapped in a cycle of anger and hurt, and miss out on the
beauty of life. We need to learn to let go. We need to be able to
forgive, so we can move on and be happy.
Peace of mind really comes from the harmony of life.
Peace of mind is another way of saying that you have learned how to
live and live to your heart's content.