Hi all, hope everyone is keeping well. It’s been a while since my last blog, I have been a busy bee, I sat a security course to get SIA licence—CCTV course is next. It was definitely different, I haven’t done anything like it in a long time. My underactive thyroid didn’t help either. Then once I have a job ill try and go for more academic study and get the qualifications I missed out on as teenager and in my early twenties, playing the catch-up game. Hopefully I will take my education even further. So after that update when can I talk to you all about today. There’s nothing rally that’s been pressing on my mind, I have been feeling rather at peace. Nothing really has disturbed me or my thinking (well one thing did disturb me though I haven’t allowed it to consume me). I know there’s a lot going on in the world, I probably have no right to feel at peace with everything that is happening. From inflation to the war in Europe there is a lot going that should disturb me, but I just don’t feel it. I’m getting better and better and controlling my emotions, particularly my anger and frustration. I owe it to the work iv done over the past year the things I have come to understand that I have tried to share with you here. So, I guess a good thing to talk about might be the importance of peace of mind. We have talked about knowing they self, controlling one’s emotions so they don’t control you. We have also talked about the ID, EGO and SUPEREGO, too we have talked about the mind body problem. Many other things too.
Peace of mind is described or defend as the absence of mental stress and anxiety, a mental state of calmness. In other words, a non-disturbance of the mind. So why it is so important, to me it is important because it allows one face life calmly and in a reason manner. While it is true that as I have expressed that reason arises out of emotion, a feeling of discomfort it’s not necessarily the case that discomfort means have a disturbance or not having peace of mind or calmness. It simply means that that one have the presence of mind to use reason, making good choices that define who one is. With peace of mind comes a sense of having an inner strength, a sense that one can cope with the thing’s life throughs at you. In short it is a sense of having power over the self, which as we talked about as the will to power is the will to personal growth.
Peace of mind provides a felling freedom—freedom from stress and freedom form the passions. It releases the burden of anxiety, while yes, it is a hard thing to achieve it is well worth it. One become the master of the self—preventing other form controlling one and preventing one’s self from being controlled by deterministic factors, it truly is felling of freedom. The best way I think to achieve it is as Elbert Hubbard say to cultivate the intellect; “Cultivate the intellect, and you shall have a mind that produces beautiful thoughts, worthy images, helpful ideas; that will serve as a solace in times of stress, and be to you a refuge ‘against all the storms that blow. The cultured mind, as compared with the uncultured, is the difference between a beautiful garden which produces vegetables, fruits or flowers, and a tract of land that is overgrown with weeds and brambles.” Peace of mind is the same as finding a clarity of mind, it is to see things clearly for what they are, making honest judgments about not just ourselves but the world around us. It is to be at peace with the self and the world as Hubbard goes on to write; “To be a person of culture is to be at home under all conditions. Your mind is stored with mental images, and memory comes to keep you company, and guide you from nostalgia and the sense of separateness to universality or oneness with the Divine. The country will be beautiful to you in any season, and society and solitude each will be welcomed by you in turn. You are to reject nothing, despise nothing, knowing that everything belongs somewhere, and that it is needed to make up the great mosaic of life.
On life going on, regardless of circumstances…going on by being aware, having hope, and seeing possibilities…”
I read some whare that to not have peace of mind is to live in someone else’s dream, that’s an interesting thought—it is a line that perfectly describes what I’m trying to say.
Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings. I hope they are helpful to you and as always let me know your thoughts on these topics, I’m always interested even if you disagree. Stay well all.