September 6, 2015

How to Achieve Peace of Mind

Money can buy many material things. In numerous cases, it can help us to live a more comfortable life. However, as we know, money can’t buy everything. We’re familiar with one of the most famous aphorisms of all time: “Money can’t buy you love.” Let’s explore the inadequacies of money further:

  • It can’t guarantee a continual state of happiness. (What can?)
  • It can’t buy invaluable life experience (I’m not talking about two-dimensional textbook learning.)
  • It can’t fix every mistake we make.
  • It can’t repair relationships.
  • It can’t change peoples’ behavior, if they don’t want to transform.

What is the main message of this list? Money cannot buy peace of mind.

How do we Find Peace of Mind, then?

 We must find peace of mind within. It has nothing to do with external circumstances.  Easier said than done!! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all start the day by speaking a powerful mantra such as the one in the image above? Think of how much stress we’d cut out of our lives immediately if we decided (Yes, it’s a decision, not a feeling.) not to be disturbed and distracted by unpleasant circumstances. Here are some examples of situations that cannot be fixed:
  • Jane—is a close friend who is traditional in every way. Her adult daughter has recently chosen to leave their church of choice and become a minister for another church. This other church doesn’t believe in many of my friend’s values.
  • Sarah—is an online friend whose cousin was recently killed through an act of violence.
  • Eduardo—is another online friend who got ran over by a train a few months ago. Nobody knows how he’s doing now.
  • Wayne—is an older man I know. For decades, he has wanted a close relationship with his children who he didn’t treat right during their childhood. That desire has intensified  as his health has deteriorated. His children aren’t willing to give him what he wants. They don’t feel a close connection to him at all.

What do the experts say?

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be.”--Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.”—Gerald Janpolsky
“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”—Larry Eisenberg
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”—Buddha
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”-- John 16:33

My Conclusion

Have you made the decision to be mentally stable every day?

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