Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind is that state of mind in which one is non-reactive, to external stimuli. This state of mind is not rare; we experience it at various points in our daily life such as watching TV, cooking or reading.
People often speak of ‘peace of mind’ as a destination they reach after having completed a few necessary tasks. Peace of mind, in its actuality, is a state of being. It is a way of life wherein a person is unperturbed by the external chaos.
How to Get Peace of Mind
To attain a peaceful state of mind, you must adapt the following practices in your daily life:
Look for a Silver Lining in Every Cloud
Optimism is a sure shot gateway towards peace of mind. But, being optimistic takes practice and patience. When you get back from work and begin telling your partner about how rude your boss was towards you, take a step back and think about that one thing that ‘did’ go well. Maybe your colleague complimented you on your new blouse or you received an email from an old friend. There will always be something good to talk about in any given situation. Therefore make an effort to wipe off negativity and look for the positives.
Stay Close to Whatever Nourishes Your Soul
Find that one thing that makes you want to wake up in the morning. It needn’t be your professional work, just something that makes you feel alive and include these activities in your ‘to-do’ list.
Accept and Forgive
We all lead separate lives and we all have the right to get all that we desire from our own lives. This is a fact that a lot of us cannot deal with. Find a way to accept that all that is happening around you is not happening to you and forgive the ones that take you by surprise.
Advantages of Having Peace of Mind
Now, why should you make an effort towards attaining your peace of mind? It has the following benefits:
Builds and Fortifies Your Relationships
People will be drawn to you and your peaceful aura. You will be like a breath of fresh air for them. Who doesn’t want to be around people who make them feel calm and composed?
Enhances Creative Thoughts
Peace of mind gives you an opportunity to look beyond the mundane and at the extra-ordinary. When you have cleared your mind of all the clutter, you will be able to dive into your creative side.
A Sense of Satisfaction
You will be able to take life in its true essence and enjoy every aspect of it, simply because you have developed an eye for it! Peace of mind will give you a new perspective towards life.
Quotes on Peace of Mind
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”
“If there must be madness and time crunches and chaos in your life then let there be chaos. But find strength and stillness to be the eye inside that storm. These things are happening around you, nothing is happening to you”
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present” – Lao Tzu
Exercises for Peace of Mind
To practice peace of mind, adapt the following habits in your daily life
Take out 15-20 mins daily, preferably early in the morning and focus inwards. Take 100 deep breaths counting ‘one’ ‘two’ etc and concentrating on the flow of the air in every part of your body.
Communicating with Gratification
Every evening, once you’ve finished for the day, write down all the things you are thankful for. Also, write down what worries you but in a different language. Write down your worries as their counter solutions. For example, “Thank you for getting me through the tough Maths test tomorrow”.
There is no greater sense of happiness than the one you get from helping other people. Help in kind or in service, needn’t be monetarily. Hold bags for the old, help a child with his/her home-work, help a colleague in their work, helping instils a sense of satisfaction.
Finding Your Inner Peace
To find your inner peace, inculcate these activities in your life:
Find a Place in Nature
You will never hear of someone finding their inner peace in their dining room hall. You need to get out of the crowd, in the woods or above a mountain to truly appreciate silence.
Have a Learning Mindset
Keep an open mind and a child’s curiosity in learning new things. When you are constantly upgrading yourself, developing your mind, you are moving towards a life of Self-Actualization.
Divulge in Solitude
No one can attain inner peace in the company of someone. One needs to spend enough time in introspection to truly understand his/her strengths and weaknesses. This will lead to self-awareness and the feeling of being ‘at peace’ with one’s flaws.
Peace of Mind - Tips and Advices
Keep Smiling through Thick and Thin
Smiling instantly releases happy hormones in the body which leads to hopeful thoughts. Hence, keep smiling!
Listen to Calming Music
There is a kind of music which is played during meditation, which has been scientifically proven to emit positive vibrations. Keep it on loop!
Eat Healthy and Avoid Junk Food
Fatty foods leave you feeling empty and guilty in the end. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables to live a peaceful and long life!
Ways to Have Peace of Mind
Move Towards Something Instead of Away
I am going to ask you to not think about an elephant. I will have an entire 1 min long conversation with you and you will keep thinking about the elephant. That is how negativity works!
Think about Building the New rather than the Old
Focus on what you’re Learning rather than How much You’re Suffering
Mistakes and set-backs are simply a part and parcel of life. They teach you more than you think and transform you more than you know. Hence, focus on the learning; they build you in to a positive person.
Invest in yourself!
There is a quote I hold dearly, I read once: “The best relationship you can ever have is with yourself. And all your other relationships depend on this one.”
Invest your thoughts and time to continually develop yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We’re all searching for our peace of mind, some knowingly, others unknowingly. The key to finding inner peace is to look within rather than looking for it outside- in materialistic things or other people. Yet, the very first step to attaining it is realizing the need for it!