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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ten principles for Peace of Mind

1. Do Not Interfere In
Others' Business Unless Asked.

Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often
in others' affairs. We do so because somehow we have
convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic
is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our
thinking must be criticized and steered to the right
direction, our direction. This thinking denies the
existence of individuality and consequently the existence of
God.. God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two
human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All
men or women act the way they do because God within them
prompts them that way. Mind your own business and you will
keep your peace.

2.. Forgive
And Forget:

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often
develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who
insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn
results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and
high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once,
but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly
remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short
to waste in such trifles. Forgive, & Forget, and march
on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.

3. Do Not Crave For Recognition:

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise
anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today
because you are in power, but no sooner than you are
powerless, they will forget your achievement and will start
finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yourse lf in
striving for their recognition? Their
recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties
ethically and sincerely.

4. Do Not Be Jealous:

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace
of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues
in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do
not. You started a business several years ago, but you are
not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only
one year old. There are several examples like these in
everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember
everybody's life is shaped by his/her destiny, which has
now become his/her reality. If you are destined to be rich,
nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so
destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained
by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get
you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.

5. Change
Yourself According To The Environment:

If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the
chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit
your environment. As you do this, even the environment,
which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change
and seem congenial and harmonious.

6.
Endure What Cannot Be Cured:


This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an
advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences,
ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our
control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must
learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure
them cheerfully. Believe in yourself and you will gain in
terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:

This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend
to take more responsibilities than we are capable of
carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your
limitations. . Why take on additional loads that may create
more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding
your external activities. Reduce your material engagements
and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This
will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you
restless. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of
mind.

8. Meditate Regularly:

Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing
thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try
and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for
half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become
peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours.
Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You
would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily
meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your
daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your
efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in
less time.

9. Never
Leave The Mind Vacant:

An empty mind is the devil's workshop. All evil actions
start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in
something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a
hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must
decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your
hobby, like social work or religious work, may not always
earn you more money, but you will have a sense of
fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting
physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental
chanting of God's name.

10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret:

Do not waste time in protracted wondering " Should I
or shouldn't I?" Days, weeks, months, and years may
be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan
enough because you can never anticipate all future
happenings. Value your time and do the things that need to
be done. It does
not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from
your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and
worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but
do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened
was destined to happen only that way. Why cry over spilt
milk?




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