Sunday, September 20, 2009
PEACE OF MIND, NOT PIECES OF MIND!
Are you at peace with yourself?
The quality of life is determined by how you direct your inherent source of energy.
Calmness and composure, serenity and substance, tranquillity and teleonomy (the characteristic of being governed by an overall purpose). These are the ingredients of an undisturbed mind.
Lose these qualities, lose your vitality. Energy leakages proliferate. They drain us, make us bitter, and set off an unwelcome chain reaction of misery throughout society.
The great sages of the past inform us of three main dissipating channels for energy leakage:
(1) Memories of the past: we are burdened by past baggage, especially by those of ‘failure’. Past underperformance dictates subsequent action.
(2) Excitement of the present: we are assaulted by any number of events rushing at us; as soon as we are preoccupied by one event, another takes over, then another, and so on. The avalanche assumes control. Focus evaporates, panic sets in.
(3) Anxieties for the future: Unrealistic expectations, fear of failure, terror at confronting the unknown, these are the typical demons that assault our composure.
Energise or enervate? What do you prescribe for yourself?
[Excerpted from the 'Lifescaping' seminar participant's manual. All images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]