S. Baldwin Instructor
Feb. 9, 2012
Peace of Mind
I wake with a start. My heart is pounding in my chest. Why does it feel like the entire weight of the world is resting on my heart, on my consciousness? I want to succeed. I want to make people proud. I want people to look at me with adoration, with the expression reserved for the few who truly make them happy. Peace of mind, technically defined, is the absence of mental stress or anxiety. (“WordNet”) I agree with this definition, but I feel that there is a bit more to the term than that simple definition contains. I feel that the mind and emotions are linked. If you have something weighing on your mind it affects your emotions. Similarly, if you have something weighing on your emotions it affects your thought processes. Peace of mind is the subconscious knowledge that everything is right in your world.
I am a people pleaser. If I am aware that someone in my realm of influence is unhappy or discontented with me it weighs on me. I go over in my mind how I have treated them over and over trying to figure out the reason for their displeasure. Once the reason is discovered I do my best to work it out with them. If I do not receive the opportunity to do so my subconscious never lets me forget it.
Peace of mind is knowing that the needs and desires of those you care about are being met to your best extent. Often times the happiness of the ones we care about occupies our thoughts more than our own desires. Sometimes I selfishly disregard those thoughts and choose a course of action that provides momentary happiness for me, and may even hurt those I care about. One of the reasons I do this is because I envy those around me. I envy their lives, their accomplishments, and their possessions. It is impossible, however, to know what issues they are personally dealing with. Buddha said, “Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others cannot obtain peace of...