Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.
A person becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.
The calm person, having learned how to govern themselves, know how to adapt themselves to others. And they, in turn, reverence spiritual strength and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as they develop greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly equable.
“Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life?
The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock in a storm. It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character, which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold — yet, than even fine gold.
How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life, a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!
How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and break their happiness by lack of self-control.
How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!
Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.
“Happiness exists in the serenity of the soul, the calmness of mind” Epikouros
Tempest-tossed souls, wherever they may be, under whatsoever conditions they may live, know this in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought.
Now you will be asking yourself “How can I do this, when I have so many things to every day, so many people to please and my financial situation is a mess?” I have to say, that all of us have difficult lives. If I have to say something to help you, I would say: Eliminate as soon in your life as possible things and people that demand a lot of energy and attempts to be maintained.
Minimalize your life. You don’t need all the things that you are dreaming of, and if you need the things you are dreaming of, stop buying things that are not in the dream list. Dream big, but work towards the dream. Not just dream.
Be a practical dreamer, not a person who is just avoiding their lives by using pleasant thoughts.
If a person distracts you from calmness, work hard so as to escape (That does not apply for parents). A life that is lived in calmness doesn’t have to come today or tomorrow. In fact, exactly the opposite happens. It needs work and sacrifices. It doesn’t come easy. That’s why it worths it, as it is your personal work and a result of self-discipline and desire.
Self-control is strength.
Right Thought is mastery.
Calmness is power.
Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!
Calmness, knowledge, and fairness for all, is the real Revolution we need to spread all around, the way the seeds bloom all around in the Spring.
Peace brothers and sisters.