May 13, 2016

How to Achieve Peace of Mind



We all crave that warm and fuzzy feeling of calmness. We search for something to help us feel in control when the world seems to be going crazy. Where do we mistakenly look for peace?

**Money

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

**Other People

Loved ones usually have their own challenges and limitations to deal with. They may need to concentrate on ironing out their own issues before they are able to help us overcome ours. For instance, we probably can’t expect a huge amount of support from somebody who has recently lost a job.

**Our Circumstances

“Waiting to be happy until everything is right in your life is a waste of time.”—Joyce Meyer

I don’t know about you, but I have never had a “perfect” life. I wouldn’t know one if it bit me in the foot. Truthfully, I have no clue what perfection even is, since the definition of it can vary from person to person. Because I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, my expectations are literally off the charts in some areas.

If I refuse to be content until every single situation in my life is resolved and under my control, I will never achieve peace of mind. Here are some facts:
  • Most past situations won’t completely resolve themselves.
  • Loved ones will continue to act according to their own desires, not mine.
  • I still won’t be able to anticipate and control future events.

What is the Solution?

  • We must find peace of mind deep within, not in the external world.
  • Everyone should make the decision to remain peaceful at all times. We cannot allow ourselves to be disturbed and distracted by uncontrollable forces.

“You don’t have to live by how you feel.”—Joyce Meyer

What do the experts say?

“There is no greater wealth in this world than the peace of mind.”--Unkown
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 “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
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“Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.”—Gerald Janpolsky
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“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”—Larry Eisenberg
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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”—Buddha
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 “Take the problem off the throne and put God back on the throne.—Joel Osteen
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“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 (KJV)

My Conclusion

Experts agree that we cannot rely on our loved ones, our circumstances, or our money to make us happy. External forces are often beyond our control. That’s why we have to dig deep within and find comfort there.

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