How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace 186

Finding meaning in life and reaching inner peace

I’ve heard many answers to the existential question about the meaning of life.

And as with everything else, each individual has his own view according to his beliefs and experience, things he wants and is going through right now.

But there is one problem – he puts meaning in every little detail of his average day and sometimes that affects his version of his mission in life, and eventually his actions.

Life is about more than the daily worries, fears, people that come and go, and things we pay too much attention to.

And in this – finding meaning in life – we’re all equal, because the goal is one.

Peace of mind.

Life is about finding peace in the chaos, silence in the noise, meaning in every event and wisdom in hardships and grief.

Because peace is the highest happiness.

It’s hard to find with all the distractions around us, but once seen, we continue our life in such contentment that we know we are living the way we should be.

People try to create peace, but it’s already there. You can’t force it because that’s the opposite of it.

Peace consists of:

If you can do that, you know what life is all about

We often try to find solutions to every problem.
But sometimes what we consider a problem is just a series of coincidences, something that has turned out in a certain way and there’s nothing we can do about it.

The ‘problem’ then is in our mind.

We want to change things. We think we did something wrong and analyze the events too much, we also stress over it.
But the real solution to everything in life is peace itself.

So let go of all grudges, negative thoughts, fears and whatever else it is that prevents you from living now, and what will be left is peace.

You get rid of all the distractions so that you can see the essential.

You don’t struggle to change and make things better.
Instead, you let go of struggle and make peace with what is.

I’ve become a bit better in that.

It’s such a relief to be calm in a stressful situation, to be like in a quiet meditative state on the inside while there is a war out there.

It’s one of the reasons Buddhist monks are so calm, and contented. It’s why people keep visiting their monasteries and ask them for their secret. They go to their home, feel the peace there and want to take it.

But the moment they have it as a material desire, the moment they define their current situation as a problem and look for a solution, the moment they want to have more of something someone else has, this peace is ruined.

We don’t really know how to deal with it.

But it’s all so easy.

It’s just peace – it’s right here, right now, and is exactly what will be left if we eliminate our desires, grudges from the past and worries for the future, let go of attachments and comparison, and simply see and appreciate what we have. That is when peace will reveal itself to us.

Peace of mind is what we all want.

Everyone puts that off, they think peace and happiness will come after they start a family, finish their tasks, or else.
But the truth lies in finding beauty in imperfections, making peace and experiencing the present moment by being mindful.

We’re constantly complaining about everything, but instead we should try to be okay with what we consider problems, to accept them as they are.

So find peace now. Don’t wait for that, don’t think you don’t deserve it and don’t put effort in it.

Just see it, it’s inside of you and everywhere around you.
You just need to open your heart and embrace it.

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”
Buddha

See also:

What you need to live a life of purpose
Create meaning by helping others
Inner peace
40 ways to create peace of mind
50 quotes that will free your mind

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 13

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.