A Foolproof Guide for Achieving Peace of Mind

There are many misconceptions about what is peace of mind. The truth is that peace of mind can be attained and enjoyed, even while leading a normal, ordinary life, with a job and family.

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.

achieving peace of mind
Achieving peace of mind

During a talk on strategies for achieving peace of mind in everyday life, the speaker raised a glass of water and asked ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’ 

Answers varied from 25 gm to 500 gm.

The speaker replied, “The absolute weight matters very little.  It depends on how long you are you holding it.  If you hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.  If you hold it for half an hour, you’ll have an ache in your right arm.  If you hold it for 5 hours, you’ll have to call an ambulance.  It’s the same weight in all the cases, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management.  If you carry your burdens all the time, sooner or later, the burden becomes increasingly heavy and we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.  Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.  Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

What is peace of mind and why do we need it?

Peace of mind is a condition of harmony with oneself and with the environment. If we compare our soul with a musical instrument, then the inner calm state is when the strings of the soul sound harmoniously and naturally and the sound is pleasant for everyone! But when we are tense, the music will be strained, and unpleasant.

When there is no peace of mind we get out of balance, the energy drops, we attract depression and illness. Peace of mind is a natural state for a person; that is why it is so necessary and desirable for us! When it disappears, we begin to experience discomfort and uncertainty. On the subconscious mind, we want to return to this state. There is a desire to “be yourself” or take a walk in the park to restore spiritual harmony.

Where is peace of mind?

what is peace of mind
Example – What is peace of mind

Only within yourself can one find peace and harmony. There is no peace and harmony in the world around us. Everything around us is in a state of constant surprises and turmoil. Be ready for all surprises and meet them with calm clarity. What is happening around is not so important, what is happening inside is essential! What matters is not the circumstances, but how we react to them!

How to get peace of mind?

Here are few simple thoughts on peace of mind.

  • Let go of things you don’t control. You make plans to go outside with friends. The rain won’t stop just because you throw a tantrum. The rain doesn’t care. Make the most of what you do control, and don’t worry about what you don’t.
  • Don’t worry about what others are thinking. I used to be very self-conscious about my dancing. I was always worried of what others would think. Then, one day I decided that enough was enough. I just went to the dance floor that day, and danced like nobody was watching. And the funny thing was nobody cared. In fact, people only liked me MORE, because I was having fun. Don’t worry about what others are thinking of you – most likely they’re too busy wondering what others are thinking of them.
  • List 3 things you love about your situation right now. Simply list 3 things about any part of your life that you love. Like “3 simple things I love about the room I’m in right now”, or “3 simple things I love about this week”, or anything else. With this technique you can instantly transform boredom into happiness and peace of mind!
  • Walk to a window, look outside, and take a single deep breath. Just walk to a window, look outside, and take a single deep breath, focusing on the air going in and out of your lungs, and nothing else. You won’t believe how much it can instantaneously increase your peace of mind.

Meditation for peace of mind 

meditation for peace of mind
Meditation for peace of mind

One of the easiest, most instant methods for peace of mind is by using breath.

  • Close your eyes and inhale deeply. This creates a defined pause as you being to focus on your breath.
  • Relax your shoulders. Let go of any tension through your body.
  • Focus on the rhythmic rise and fall of your breath as you inhale and exhale fully. How does it feel as it infuses into your being? How does the void within feel as you empty yourself with each out-breath?
  • On the out-breath, exhale any tension that you feeling.
  • Allow your being to be filled with peace and calm.
  • Feel yourself centering, balancing and becoming present.
  • Carry on with your day from this space of calm, presence.
  • Repeat as often as necessary

Yoga for peace of mind 

Yoga is one of the best ways to sync up your body, mind, and spirit to work as one seamless whole, which grants you much better balance in every life aspect.

There are number of yoga poses you can work on and perfect, but we’ll focus on two most important pose that will allow you to calm yourself and find the much-needed peace within.

Lotus Pose 

yoga for peace of mind
Yoga for peace of mind – Lotus pose

This cross-legged body position does amazing things for your energy, as it opens you up to the world and makes you vulnerable and grounded at the same time. The symbol of this asana is in the lotus flower that calmly floats on the water’s surface, while it’s rooted deep in the murky waters. This beautiful and fragrant flower teaches us through the pose that this is how we should be – light, grounded and beautiful in our simplicity and peace.

Corpse Pose

yoga for peace of mind
Yoga for peace of mind – Corpse pose

Though translated into English Shavasana sounds a bit frightening, in truth, this corpse asana is good for calming down. All you have to do is lie down on your back, make sure that your pelvis is flushed with the mat, do some light stretching of arms that fall naturally at your side and dig into your heels to stretch your legs as well. After that just lie still and breathe. 

Prayer for peace of mind    

When anxiety and fears begin to shake the foundation of your peace and calm, the power of prayer can bring us back into comfort. Below is one of the most favorite prayers by Nobel Laurite Rabindranath Tagore for peace and strength to speak when we need God’s truths to speak over our heart and mind. 

This is my prayer to thee, my lord –

strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart.

Give me the strength lightly

to bear my joys and sorrows.

Give me the strength

to make my love fruitful in service.

Give me the strength

never to disown the poor

or bend my knees before insolent might.

Give me the strength to raise my mind

high above daily trifles.

And give me the strength

to surrender my strength

Importance of music and songs for peace of mind    

Music and songs can affect the body in many health-promoting ways. However, you can use them in your daily life and achieve many stress relief benefits on your own.

https://f9e1f896aacfec02bad44aa71c16ed1b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html One of the great benefits of music as a stress reliever is that it can be used while you conduct your regular activities so it really doesn’t take time away from your busy schedule. Music provides a wonderful backdrop for your life and you can find increased enjoyment from what you’re doing while reducing stress from your day.

Put together a custom playlist for each of these activities and you may soon notice a significant decrease in stress.

Concluding thoughts

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.

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.

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