What do you think is the most important thing in life? Health? Money? Love? Sex? I believe it’s none of those things. The most important thing in life is priceless, and cannot be bought. No matter whatever else you may have, without this, you cannot totally enjoy what you have. Give up? It’s peace of mind. Think about it. You can have both health and wealth, but if you are constantly upset or worried, because of issues with your partner, you won’t enjoy what you have. If you are in East Aurora, you may take note of this.
If you’re unhappy in your relationship and are not sure what you should do, ask yourself this: Am I happier with this person in my life than I was without them? I believe the main reason for having anyone in your life, whether friend or lover, is because you’re life is better with that person in it.
Being with the right person can be heaven on earth. Being with the wrong person is hell on earth. The Dalai Lama once said, “We must first make peace within ourselves if we are to make peace in the world.” In having peace of mind, you’re contributing to the world by making it a more peaceful place, and that, is priceless.
Peace of Mind
Why waste life with a troubled mind? Without peace of mind, what good is anything else you have?
It's normal to be dissatisfied. Nearly everyone lacks peace of mind.
Thoreau wrote that "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Freud wrote that "Life, as we find it, is too hard for us... we cannot dispense with palliative measures." 'Twas ever thus: the Buddha pointed out twenty-four hundred years ago that, since ordinary life is always changing and change cannot quench our desires, we are always frustrated and dissatisfied. We just don't feel good. To be a normal human being is to lack peace of mind.
It's even worse in developed countries. Surviving has become so easy that boredom is epidemic. H. G. Wells: "In the Country of the Blind the One-eyed Man is King." A little peace of mind goes a long way.
As in learning, say, chess or go, just learning how to do it is far from mastering it. Mastery requires a lot of time spent practicing properly. Even so, just 20 or 30 minutes daily is sufficient to increase peace of mind noticeably. It's a simple daily tonic with enormous benefits.
If, like most people, your mind is not as quiet as you'd like, instead of continuing to live unhappily and not feel good, I encourage you to fix it. I believe that it is impossible to live peacefully and well without regularly training your mind.
Zen Buddhist Mind Training - How to Do It
We all share one common goal in life and that is to be happy and to experience inner peace and joy. However, you can't look outside yourself to find that happiness. Money, appearances, and social recognition do not truly make you happy, since the pursuit of money and fame can cause a great deal of anxiety and heartache. So you really need to look inside for the key to that inner peace. To do this, ask yourself the following five questions?
o What are my lifetime accomplishments?
Your answer may be:
I graduated college and started my own successful business. I married, raised 2 wonderful children, and provided for my family and spouse. I live in a beautiful home that I decorated myself with things that give me pleasure. I have many friends and family, who care about me and enjoy my company.
Review all that you have done, no matter how small, so you can feel good. You can then say with certainty, "I did accomplish many wonderful things in my life."
Look over your life and all that you have done and know that you will continue to do gratifying work. You can be at peace that you have contributed much to others and are valued by others as well. This peace gives you a sense of overwhelming pride and satisfaction. If, for any reason, you couldn't find an adequate answer to any of the questions, it's never too late to fulfill that void. Remember that you are entering a time in your life that can be extremely positive, meaningful and enriching inside and out.