Obtaining tranquility can be a daunting task. So much so, most of us will not even attempt it. Yet, with the hustle and bustle of every day life, we go from a busy home to the all absorbing office place. Working through breaks and lunch to complete ever increasingly important transactions, there is never enough time in the 24 hours to settle down. It is difficult enough to tone down the constant barrage of self-talk and keep an open mind without concentrating on accomplishing the next item on the agenda. All this busy-ness will lead to a mental anguish which our forefathers never had to deal with. No wonder generations past are portrayed as a blissful time.
The old Zen adage of ‘you should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you are too busy – then you should sit for an hour’ comes to mind. The best way to achieve peace of mind is to shut off all the chatter in one’s head. This is, of course, easier said than done. As one starts off thinking of nothing and soon all the little annoyances come flooding back. You correct this by taking a few deep breaths and all is well for a matter of seconds. Then minutes later, you find yourself in the midst of an imagined argument. Not at all conducive to peace of mind.
I find time spent with pets helps. As they demand your undivided attention and bring a joy for the simple things. Hobbies can, also, transport the mind to a better place. Whatever it takes to bring about intellectual serenity, I say do it. Take the time. If you think you cannot do that, make the time. Remember, if one has diarrhoea, rushing to the toilet takes priority. Your peace of mind ought to be just as important. 😃