Ten Commandments for peace of mind.

1. Do Not Interfere In Others’ Business Unless Asked.
Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in
others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced
ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and
those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and
steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies
the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of
God
. God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings
can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the
way they do because God within them prompts them that way. There is
God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own
business and you will keep Your peace.

2. Forgive And Forget.
This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill
feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us.
We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep,
development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult
or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever
by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in
the justice of God and the doctrine of Karma. Let Him judge the act of
the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such
trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and
forgiving.

3. Do Not Crave For Recognition.
This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody
without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are
in power, but no sooner than you are powerless; they will forget your
achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to
kill yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition
is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely
and leave the rest to God.

4. Do Not Be Jealous.
We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind.
You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office,
but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business
several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor
whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like
these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember
everybody’s life is shaped by his or her previous Karma, which has
now become his destiny. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in
the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help
you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your
misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take
away your peace of mind.

5. Change Yourself According To The Environment.
If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances
are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As
you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you,
will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.

6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured.
This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every
day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and
accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or
change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must
learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, “God wills it so, so be it.”
God’s plan is beyond our comprehension. Believe in it and you will
gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew.
This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take
more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is
done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Why take on
additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace
of mind
by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material
engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation.
This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless.
Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.

8. Meditate Regularly.
Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This
is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it
yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your
mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three
and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was
before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of
daily mediation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily
work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you
will be able to produce better results in less time.

9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant.
An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the
vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive,
something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your
interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of
mind. Your hobby, like social work or temple work, may not always
earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and
achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself
in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name.

10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret.
Do not waste time in protracted wondering “Should I or shouldn’t I?”
Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental
debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate
all future happenings. Always remember, God has His own plan, too
for you. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does
not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your
mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will
lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the
past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only
that way. Take it as the Will of God. You do not have the power to
alter the course of God’s Will. Why cry over spilt milk?

May God help you remain at peace with yourself and the world around
you !!!

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