Live in the present moment and find your interest and happiness in the things of today. Emmett Fox
When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us. Richard Levy
A good way to consider the concept of peace of mind is to think of balance. It implies that the mind is in balance. This means a state of equilibrium, without stress or strife. There is no pressure, no hurry; time has no control. We are not regretting or reliving the past, nor are we worrying about the future. We are not motivated by time, pressure, demands, guilt, worry, doubt or fear. We are free from the power and control of such things.
Some synonyms to peace of mind might be happiness, contentment and satisfaction. These are not the same things as apathy or complacency. Achieving peace of mind does not mean we lose our motivation, drive, dreams, or ambition. These things should continue to be there. They remain behind the scenes; still inspiring us. They do not dominate, pre-occupy or dominate us. There is a sense of balance between accepting our present state of affairs and not being satisfied with status quo, there can continue to be the need for something more or better. A person can be at peace and at the same time not be complacent. This is a desirable state; having an overall sense of well-being while at the same time wanting to achieve, accomplish and live up to our potential. Peace of mind implies confidence, faith and sense of purpose. Last but not least, for those having achieved peace of mind, they have learned to accept themselves for who they are. This is perhaps the most important ingredient; a prerequisite to finding peace of mind is to have developed a healthy sense of self-acceptance and self-love. Life is good!
If we despise or hate the person who lives within our skin, peace of mind will continue to elude us. We will never find it. How can we be at peace when engaged in conflict and internal warfare? We are absolutely stuck with ourselves. Unhappy marriages often result in divorce. Some find happiness the second time around. We cannot get a divorce from the self; this is not an option. Those who find peace of mind, joy, happiness, even success; are those who find ways to be at peace internally. It is the wise among us who achieve this. A person does not have to have a great intellect or any special skills or abilities. They learn how to be at peace with themselves.
Challenge: Do you get along with the person who lives inside you? This is the heart of such things as peace of mind, being mentally well-balanced and finding joy and happiness in life. If there is too much unresolved internal conflict, peace of mind will be absent. You cannot hide under a rock, bury your head in the sand, or look the other way. A very critical thing to do is to learn, strive and do what it takes to have a happy marriage with yourself.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God, may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3
His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Isaiah 28:26
At the heart of our internal conflict, is our stubborn and rebellious conflict with God. Trying to divorce ourselves from God is a futile attempt at ignoring and denouncing who we truly are. God made us in his image. We are his children. He knows and loves each of us just as every parent loves their own children. Until we acknowledge our need for a right relationship with God and seek Him in a personal relationship. We will never find peace of mind.
Prayer: Help me to understand love. Help me to love myself in a healthy way so that I can truly love others.