”Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”
Peace of mind is often associated with yogis, hermits or monks, sitting alone in a far off place, in an ashram, cave or monastery, praying or meditating all day long.
The truth is that peace of mind can be attained and enjoyed, even while leading a normal, ordinary life, with a job and family.
“Inner peace (or peace of mind) is a colloquialism that refers to a state of being mentally or spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy and the opposite of being stressed or anxious.”
“The absence of mental stress or anxiety”.
This shows the importance of peace of mind for preventing stress and anxiety. It is actually, the antidote for stress and anxiety.
Making the mind quiet and calm prevents anxieties, worries, stress and fears, and awakens inner strength and confidence.
Peace of mind is an inner condition, and is independent of external conditions and circumstances.
When you gain this skill, and it is a skill that can be learned, you remain calm and in control of yourself and your mind, even in the midst of problems and difficult situations.
Imagine how great it would be to stay calm, focused, and undisturbed by circumstances and people!
Instead of getting anxious and fearful, instead of thinking negative thoughts and expecting the worst, instead of getting tense, unsatisfied and unhappy, you can choose to stay emotionally and mentally poised and unshaken. You can experience inner peace and happiness, as well as inner strength and confidence.
Peace of mind, which is inner peace, offers countless benefits:
- Better concentration ability.
- Efficiency in handling your daily affairs of life.
- A sense of inner strength and power.
- More patience, tolerance and tact.
- Freedom from stress, anxieties and worries.
- A sense of inner happiness and bliss.
- Falling asleep easily and sleeping soundly.
When your mind is at peace, you are not affected by what people think or say about you, and there is no restless thinking. You are not swayed by events or difficulties, and maintain a state of inner poise and clear judgment in all situations.
There are various ways and techniques to gain peace, through psychological methods, affirmations, visualization, yoga or meditation. You can find many articles on this subject here.