In week 3 of my series on simplicity and minimalism I talked about peace of mind. All the thoughts, worries and anxieties you have are created by your mind. If you can master your mind, you can quieten down to a point where your old concerns don’t worry you anymore.
So many people are sick with stress. But stress is not a thing. It exists only in your mind ie. it’s something we make up. Stress is a culmination of all the negative thoughts our mind creates to occupy us. In the same way you can choose to be happy (because the state of happiness is created by the mind), so you can choose not to be stressed.
This may not be a very popular opinion, I know a lot of people like being stressed. They pretend they don’t, but it gives them an outlet, a way of dealing with their busy mind. A name to attach to the way they are feeling.
If you no longer have negative thoughts on your mind all day, it’s impossible to be stressed. It’s impossible to feel stressed (other than the stress you may be holding on to in your body) when you’re not thinking – try it.
You have to actually be having thoughts to be mentally stressed.
Of course you can’t just stop thinking completely, but you can learn to pay less attention to the thoughts. You can also meditate for periods at a time so you get a break from having any thoughts at all.
I have found that with some practise, I can pay less attention to the thoughts, and in turn I don’t suffer from as many stressful feelings as a means of coping with everyday life. I can just deal with whatever comes up from a place of calm. Of course I’ve hardly mastered Buddha-like peace yet, so I sometimes revert back to my old ways, but it’s progress.
If you enjoyed this article, you might like Mind Calm by Sandy C Newbigging.
How do you feel about stress? Do you agree or disagree? Have you found ways to minimise stress, or cope with it more efficiently?