Mental peace is the ultimate purpose of mankind. There is no greater health than psychological wellness. Human beings thrive for psychological and physical stability. Our subjective well-being is a survival requisite as well as a premium luxury across the globe in today’s eternity that everyone is hustling for. It is an absolute cure and healing process against ill-health.
Now, what do we understand by the term peace?
The term peace refers to harmony between mind and body. It is a state of equilibrium amongst all aspects of the psyche – spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, behavioural and physical. The word peace literally means the absence of conflict, be it inter-personal or intra-personal. It is true in every sense. Peace, says peace researcher Royce Anderson, “is a condition in which individuals, families, groups, communities, and/or nations experience low levels of violence and engage in mutually harmonious relationships.”
Peace is the outcome of creatively managed tension that arises due to various external and internal factors. When we learn to create a balance between the two, we find ourselves in a state of joy and satisfaction. “We know more about war than we do about peace – more than killing than we know about living” said General Omar Bradley.
Benefits of attaining Psychological Peace
- A Feeling of Gratitude: Mental peace breeds feelings of compassion, kindness and gratitude. We are more aware of our surroundings and that both forces exist – negative and positive. Being grateful makes us feel appreciative of what we have and what we can handle. It is like an eye-opener as we try to value ourselves and others more. We are able to become more considerate of our inner and external world.
- Happiness: Happiness is a choice. When we are at peace, we feel happy inside-out and feel good from within. We consciously try to make a choice of bending towards positive emotions which are depicted through our behaviour, eventually. Happiness gives us a sense of victory, the victory of choosing healthier ways of coping with negative circumstances.
- Clear Visualization: Visualization refers to enhanced capacity of creative imagination. Human beings are granted with the extraordinary gift of imagination and visualization which no other species has. Many a times, we are so consumed by the harsh and extreme realities that we are unable to think rationally with the right intellect. Whence our mind is less chaotic, it becomes easier to perceive better, focus better and act as an active observer. Clarity of our thoughts is salient in formulating effective goals for ourselves. Our attention span and memory capacity come to be incredibly sharp.
- Mental Immunity: When psychological roots of illnesses are resolved, overall immunity increases rapidly. Our immune system boosts only if our thoughts, emotions and actions are untangled. Resilience comes from the reduction of perceived/anticipated worry and discomfort that we deal with. Individuals who are more resilient are less prone to physical and psychological ailments.
- Nirvana (a state beyond suffering): This term is traced back to Buddhist psychology. Buddha first used this concept to describe the highest state of profound well-being a human is capable of experiencing. Our mind can be cleansed from all of its defilements, become entirely at peace, experiencing the cessation of toxic unconscious mental and emotional dispositions that cause people to undergo suffering. Nirvana involves a feeling of self-compassion, forgiveness, care, maximizing our true potential and unconditional acceptance, reaching our highest productive level and mindfulness maintenance. All these promote good mental health and solace.
Enhancing Psychological wellness –
Tranquillity is not found, it is created and then nurtured. Here are a few ways by which we can try to integrate peaceful exercises in our day-to-day lives –
Prosocial Behaviour: Prosocial behaviour is a motive to increase another’s welfare with or without self-interest. It is selfishness in reverse. There are consistent findings in psychology that prove that happy people are helping people and vice versa. Helping others softens a bad mood and helps to sustain a good mood. A positive mood is in turn conducive to positive thoughts and positive self-esteem, which predisposes us to positive behaviour. Prosocial acts promote the feel-good effect and give us intrinsic satisfaction. Altruism, which is helping someone without any expectation of reciprocation or self-interest, has shown better results in people who are high on this factor and become closer to happiness and psychological wellness.
It has also been found that people who are altruistic are more empathetic towards others. Having empathy for another leads to a greater likelihood of helping the other person. Some clues on how to help someone become more altruistic are that we can engage people in the community volunteer work which provides a direct boost to help others more. Also, we can try to increase people’s likelihood of helping by teaching them to have greater empathy for the circumstances of another human being. Once the individual truly begins to understand the perspectives of others who are being helped, this insight breaks down the propensity to view interpersonal matters in terms of us-versus-them.
Yogapathy/Yoga Therapy: This is considered as the most common, ancient and popular technique across the world. Yoga is a cluster of physical, mental and spiritual practices originating in ancient India. Yoga is a discipline that helps to connect the mind, breath and body with each other. It is a surefire way to climb up the psychophysiological well being. Yoga increases memory, selective attention, sharp focus, decision-making capabilities, metacognition, learning capacities, strength, immunity, flexibility and many other incredible benefits to our body unquestionably.
Further, it enhances spiritual awakening and awareness. It helps to align our state of mind, emotional state, interpersonal and interpersonal state, somatic state and spiritual state. It is a fitness regime for our soul and subjective well-being. Yoga is an umbrella concept which encompasses numerous techniques from basic to advanced levels. It is a work in progress which comes with a lifetime warranty.
Cartwheel of Consistency: If we do anything to attain temporary pleasure or a short-lived outcome, it does not bring us long-term benefits or outcomes. Our brain plays a trick with us that we crave for instant gratification, and immediate outcome which reduces psychological immunity. Consistency is the key to long-term benefit of our health. A person can never grow if they are not willing to change in terms of all areas of life with every stage. If we are constantly in a static state, it won’t help us to prosper and maximize our potential.
If we are congruent with improving ourselves on a regular basis by being better than yesterday, it will help us to elevate our psychic peace. If we do not try to adapt to ongoing transitions, it becomes all the more difficult to adopt healthier ways to deal with all kinds of stressful events. As much as it sounds paradoxical, it is true in every sense that change is the only constant and we must keep pushing ourselves to remain in the change zone, not in a standstill position. We can never attain harmony if we are not healing. For healing, we have to keep rotating the cartwheel of consistency to change. By having feelings of continued development and potential we open ourselves to new experiences as life itself is a continuous process of learning and changing.
Horticultural Therapy: Empowering peace and healing through nature is a facile method by engaging people in the garden and garden-related activities. Nature has an extraordinary and magical way of healing without pain. Doing gardening activities is very soothing and comforting. It is a fantastic and the best possible means to heal our mind and body. The beautiful and innate camaraderie between people and plants is what horticulture therapy is all about. Stay as close as you can to nature, flora and fauna. It relaxes our body and soul. This is the easiest and cost-effective way for overall health.
Green spaces expand the happy mood. Nature is the best teacher on this planet; it ingrains virtues within a human being. Studies have proved that plants are the only creatures which are able to evoke a stimulating and instant euphoric feeling and decrease pain faster. It teaches us to be a kinder, more sensitive and develop a nurturing attitude in general towards other living beings. Nature therapy is beneficial for enhancing sensory simulations, kicking in an energetic vibe, gaining physical and mental strength, sharpens focus and memory. Nature therapy is an organic remedy to curb all kinds of biopsychological disorders.
Imperfections are Perfections: If we want to be at peace with ourselves in every way then we need to be aware of our flaws and stop pushing ourselves to be perfectionists. Having a sense of self-acceptance of who we are can be is self-satisfying. When we constantly compare ourselves with others, trying to be perfect and spot-on in everything, it tends to take a toll on our mental health. Being over-critical and holding all or none thinking makes it more complex for individuals to deal with situations of stress and burnout. The more we try to be flawless, the farther we become from attaining mental well-being.
It’s unfair to assume that we can be impeccable at all times. Not being self-aware and then not accepting our true self is detrimental to our health because there’s no room left for experimenting and improving our self. It is like a bottomless glass, so no amount of water we pour can be stored. Mental peace comes from within; until and unless we do not discover our worth, our desirable and undesirable behavioural patterns, there are very high chances that it will create psychic tensions and disrupt the path to peace.
In conclusion, these are some handy strategies we all must apply to create a beautiful and peaceable state of mind. Let’s encourage each other to create a cordial place for all of us to reside in.
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