One definition of peace of mind is the absence of mental stress or anxiety, and the presence of serenity, calm, quiet, comfort of mind; inner peace. But more than that, peace of mind is a freedom from this negativity. Because in reality, we can’t escape the world and its inherent struggles and problems. We can, however, transcend these problems and become the eye of the storm.

Why is Peace of Mind So Elusive?

Peace of mind has everything to do with how you choose to think.Many of us don’t have peace of mind. We are plagued with worries, troubles and persistent problems. And of course there are the daily inconveniences, annoying people and frustrating situations. Moments of inner peace are few and far between – especially if we are bombarded daily with negativity from the media and certain people.

However, the real secret about peace of mind is that it has nothing to do with external sources and everything with choice. That is, choice in how we see situations and choice in how we think about them. External circumstances can seem to cause a lack of peace of mind, but how does that explain millionaires with mountains of money, huge mansions and fancy cars who need psychotherapy? How do external factors explain hippies living in a beat up VW bus by choice? There are just as many miserable millionaires as there are happy people without a penny to their name.

No matter who you are and what circumstances you’re embroiled in, you can have peace of mind.

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When is peace of mind easy to achieve?

  • When we are fully present and engaged in something we enjoy or that stimulates or challenges us and requires concentration.
  • When we do not give in to automatic subconscious negativity (this takes self-awareness and self-discipline).
  • When we are able to silence the mind.
  • When we choose a positive interpretation of a situation.

The first solution is the one we use most. It works – but we can’t always be doing something we love to do, so working on creating the mental discipline to say NO to unwanted thoughts, is essential.

It works – and you can do it.

Cultivating Peace of Mind

Cultivating peace of mind can be done according to the famous Beatles song, Let It Be: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it be.”

But that’s not easy to let things be! We become aware of something that upsets us, and instead of letting the thought go, we latch on to it and obsess about it, continually bringing it up until we drive ourselves nearly mad with worry and anxiety.

Present-focus leads to inner peace.So how do you take your mind from enjoying temporary peace, to inner peace as a normal state of being?

  • Be careful of the external stimuli you expose yourself to: Stop watching the news! Today, many events are sensationalized and designed to get an emotional reaction from you – far more than just the facts, the news has become ‘infotainment’ with a strong bias toward negativity and fear. Look for unbiased, reliable sources of news outside of mainstream TV/newspaper/magazine media.
  • Avoid bitter, angry, fearful and negative people. Avoid people who complain, criticize, judge, blame, worry too much, obsess, gossip and play the victim. All they do is push their dramas onto you!
  • Learn forgiveness. That doesn’t mean condoning bad behavior, it means letting go of the emotional burden YOU carry about it. Holding on to grievances and bitterness only does you harm, not anyone else. Practice compassion, tolerance, understanding and acceptance.
  • Learn appreciation. Appreciate and be grateful for all of life’s experiences, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – they are all valuable teachers and contribute to the richness of your life. If you look for the silver lining in a bad situation, your perception changes and thoughts of the situation tend not to haunt you (when is the last time you woke up in the middle of the night with a happy thought?)
  • Stop comparing yourself to other people. Jealousy and resentment are symptoms of low self-esteem. You are who you are; if you feel inferior and you want the same success, things and relationships as other people, make it happen. Stop giving excuses and go get what you want. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” overrides lack of talent, money, resources or connections. If you want something, you can go and make it happen. You’ll achieve peace of mind by giving your dreams your best effort. No more unfulfilled longing!
  • Learn acceptance. Some things, you can change – so go change them. Accept what you can’t change, and let it go. Don’t allow inconveniences to ruffle your feathers. So, traffic is snarled. Getting all red in the face and yelling at other drivers is not going to make anyone move faster so relax, put on some music and make the best of the situation.
  • Always do your best. Then no matter the results, at least you know you did what you could and you don’t have to carry the energetic burden of guilt.
  • Be honest. Don’t carry the burden of trying to remember lies.
  • Meditation is the best tool for cultivating peace of mind.Develop present-focus. Your regrets and resentment live in the past. Fear and worry live in the future. You don’t have to visit them if you live here, now. Pay attention to what you are doing and experiencing now; release obsessions of the past, and do your best today to create your ideal tomorrow.
  • Meditate. Meditation can help you develop all of the above traits. When you create inner peace through meditation, that serenity radiates outward and influences your world.

Developing mental discipline is a ‘simple’ as creating a new habit. Plan on about a month or so of daily work (just a few minutes a day) to create a habit of positivity and optimism. Meditate daily with Omharmonics – and gradually you will learn to “let it be.”

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