Is it a choice whether we give someone a piece of our mind or have peace of mind? Does it depend on the situation? What are we doing when we give a piece of our mind?
A Piece of Mind or Peace of Mind
I remember growing up always thinking I had to be the “tough guy”. Constantly thinking, “I wish someone would try me”. When someone did try me and I reacted I never felt like a better more well-adjusted person. In fact, regardless of the outcome of the altercation I always got in trouble when I went home. I was not a “bad kid” but I was always quick to give a piece of my mind. Don’t get me wrong self-defense is important given the correct circumstance. But how can we defend a mind that we give away freely?
The Secret is that I brought many of those situations to myself because that is where I was giving my attention. As a teacher, I see these same situations happening with my students. At times, students may say to me, “I will just have to fight” and then look for me to respond knowing what they said was wrong. Do I encourage them to fight? Emphatically NO! I simply ask them, “Is this person going to be there when you get to college?” or “Is this person going to help you to raise your family?” The advice seems practical from the perspective of a teacher. However, this advice may not be as easy for the student.
Simple Trick to Find Peace of Mind
There is a yogic saying that “true happiness is peace of mind.”
Let’s ask ourselves some questions.
Is this world all about getting what you want? Is it about the pursuit of happiness in a world of objects, places, and situations? Have we become slaves to our senses? Are we happy when there is no traffic? Are we unhappy when there is traffic?
We experience peace when our mind is calm. So, how can we stay calm and at peace?
Try this one thing.
Next time you are happy before you give credit to the situation, circumstance, or person, give credit to yourself. Your happiness was found within you! Not the circumstance or situation!
Peace of Mind Quotes
“If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete. If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.”
― Amit Ray,
“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” –Les Brown
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