To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. – Buddha
Since time immemorial our forefathers have been propagating the core value of survival of any being- PEACE. However this fast pace lifestyle which the current generation is pursuing today doesn’t allow them to live life ‘peacefully.’ The submission of assignments, preparation for meetings and a mother having to manage the family all by herself can disrupt the equilibrium within and keep us from living life in ‘nirvana’.
Nirvana, represents the final goal of buddhism. A state free of all suffering and stress. Humanistic- existential psychologists believe that a human being’s life’s aim is to live freely and to decide whether they want to lead a life of responsibilities or not; Whichever allows them to live in peace.
However, we are not a lost cause. In an age where our inner peace is in absence we have ways that can help revive that element of life’s success.
1)Positive thinking – The power of being able to fill our minds with positive emotions, thoughts and feelings can help us lead a happier life. When we block out repetitive negative intrusive thoughts we are able to restore our inner equilibrium and lead a life free of tension.
2) Rational thinking- Fretting over small daily issues amounts up to stress. We have irrational thoughts and beliefs which not only make us angry but also worry us about our dear ones. Living a life in fear is of no good. Once we accept that there will be an inflow of positive thoughts only.
3) Yoga- The genesis of yoga can be traced back to pre vedic Indian traditions. It is a form of exercise which induces a strong sense of calmness in the person practicing it. Today’s yoga has branched out and been integrated with different forms of exercises such as dance and aerobics. All in all, studies indicate that their is a direct relationship of positivity between yoga and mental health which at the end of the day helps promote inner peace.
It is only when we are at peace can we achieve most of life’s ambitions. Breathe in- breathe out. And begin your quest for the search of your inner peace.