World Day of Peace 2015: Savouring Tranquility

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Inner peace eventually, leads to external peace. By creating peace in your inner world, in your mind, you bring it into your external world, and into other people’s lives.

Peace is priceless…

Is it possible to turn peaceful living into a habit, and enjoy it always and under all circumstances? Why, Yes it’s possible!

Peace of mind is a state of mental and emotional calmness, with no worries, fears or stress. In this state, the mind is quiet, and you experience a sense of happiness and freedom.

In traditional Chinese medicine, all such concepts as consciousness, feeling, and thought are referred to as shen, meaning mind, which is considered to be stored in the heart and to govern all the activities of the organism. Regulation by the mind is necessary in all physiological functions. In fact, the so-called three treasures [shen, jing, qi] are: mind, essence (which constitutes the material basis of the human body), and qi (which is the motive force of all life activities).

A sound mind is considered the basis of health and longevity; similarly, scarcity of essence, deficiency of qi, and weakness of mind are the main causes of illness and aging. Since mind plays the role of governing life and commanding all the physiological functions of the primary internal organs and those of the rest of the body as well, it is easily depleted or impaired. Hence, taking good care of the mind is particularly important.

The activities of the mind can be classified into two kinds: emotional and mental. The former refers to changes of mood, known in traditional Chinese medicine as the seven emotions, i.e., joy, anger, melancholy, anxiety, grief, fear, and terror; while mental activities refers to consciousness and thinking.

Since the activities of the mind are the general responses of the organs in conforming with the outside environment under the guidance of the heart, maintenance of the mind is bound to involve many aspects, which include roughly the following: Preserving the tranquil mind, Easing the mind, and Regulating emotions.

Preserving a tranquil mind. Tranquil here refers to the state of being peaceful, tranquil, free from excessive desires and distracting thoughts, unaffected by outside changes. Such a state of mind will harmonize the organs and maintain a smooth circulation of qi and blood, benefiting the health.

In 2015, you will need to be broad-minded in conducting yourself in society: When faced with undesirable things and situations, one should be broad-minded and try to look on the bright side. In handling various kinds of complicated problems and abrupt changes in one’s daily life, a stable state of mind and an optimistic attitude toward one’s life is very good for preserving a sound mind.

Also set a lofty goal. In life, health preservation requires first and foremost that one should cherish hopes, love life, and keep a lofty goal, a noble ideal, and sound morality, all of which guarantees for a sound mind.To-experience-peace....Be content and be happy, for it keeps one satisfied with what one has, caring little about temporary setbacks and failures, and this, in turn, will bring about both physical and mental health.

Easing the mind. Moods are the responses of people to their surroundings, and everyone experiences the seven emotions and six desires [six harmful elements, described above]. If not properly regulated, the emotions will cause stagnation of qi and blood, and disharmony between the organs, leading to illness, even early death. Those who lived a long life, according to historical records, are almost all people apt to regulate their moods, the essence of which is to cultivate the mind with virtuous and elevated ideas and mold the temperament.

Various methods have been developed and described by people in the past, which can be boiled down to the following:

  • Creating a happy mood by engaging in a great variety of carefree, light, and lively activities in which spirit is heightened, intelligence is increased, muscles and tendons are exercised, and circulation of qi and blood is activated so that health preservation is achieved in the midst of amusement and sports, achieving the aim of nurturing the mind, strengthening the body, and prolonging life. Some traditional methods employed for this purpose include taking up hobbies, such as playing the piano and chess; raising flowers, plants, birds, or fish; sightseeing; and chatting with friends.

Adjusting emotions. In one’s daily life, complicated situations are bound to influence one’s moods such as from joy to anger, grief, etc. When one is in a bad or abnormal mood, one should try to adjust and control it lest it becomes extreme.

Pan Mingji, in his book Cancer Treatment with Fu Zheng Pei Ben, Pan notes:

“A lot of evidence proves that those who are optimistic and undertake exercises tend to have healthy and sound function of the nervous system, strong physiques, and naturally great anticancer ability and immunity. Even if those people come into contact with outside carcinogens, they will not develop cancer. On the contrary, those who have mental injury, who are disheartened, or often have a fear of cancer, and who do not undertake exercises at all or are overtired, whose daily life is irregular and unsanitary, whose spirit and nerve function is disorganized, tend to reduce their defensive ability. As a result, the rate of cancer occurrence among those people is higher.”

The Canon of Medicine (Nei Jing) advises, in summing the experiences of centenarians in remote times: “Do not be weighed down by perplexing thoughts; strive to be calm and optimistic; be complacent [calm in the face of situations that can cause anger]; keep sound in body and mind. This way, one can live to the age of 100.”

The Canon of Medicine recognizes that emotional and psychological factors are important causes for illness. It indicates that excessive emotion impairs the internal organs of the human body.

“Anger hurts the liver, joy hurts the heart, brooding hurts the spleen, and melancholy hurts the lungs.’ Hence, it proposes regulating the emotions by ‘keeping the heart calm and cheerful and the mind free of worries”.

According to research, emotions often seem to behave like the weather: somewhat unpredictable and beyond control. In the West, there has been considerable concern about the social and relationship problems associated with pent-up emotions (particularly in women) and with habitual non-expression of emotions (particularly in men), so that the very concept of “controlling” emotions is looked upon with suspicion. By contrast, keeping emotions within certain reasonable bounds is an issue at the forefront of Asian religions and healing arts; the primary concern there is adopting habits that help one to remain relatively calm.

When tranquility of mind is attained, emotions do not vanish: they are still experienced and expressed, and emotions remain unpredictable, but their intensity is usually lessened and their potential impact on both physical and mental health is curtailed.

Plus, you LEAD most effectively when your internal state of mind maintains inner composure?

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