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When you read the words, “peace of mind,” what do you think of?

After decades working as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and studying what brings human beings real happiness, I know the words “peace of mind” can mean different things to different people.

For some, peace of mind comes from receiving other’s approval. These people believe that if everyone loves and thinks highly of them, they will be happy. Others equate peace of mind with possessing material things such as cars, expensive clothes, or a fabulous house. While some are convinced that landing a high-power job, earning a college degree, finding one’s soul mate, having healthy children, or… as you know, the list can go on forever.

The one common thread that weaves all of the above examples together is they rely on external circumstances. In other words, peace of mind in these instances comes from the outside. But if that were the case, why are there countless stories, past and present, of people who have reached whatever external goal they’ve set for themselves but still find themselves miserable. Think of the celebrities who seem to have reached the peak of their success, yet they find themselves unhappy and become alcoholics, drug addicts, or even take their own lives.

What if I were to tell you that everything you’re looking for, all that you need to live a truly wonderful life filled with peace and joy, you have access to, right here and right now…would you believe me?

I know this is true because I’ve seen it in my own life as well as those I work with in my private practice. To achieve this kind of peace of mind requires a simple understanding of how your mind works.

When we’re born, our minds were free from judgment about good or bad. We were blank slates that reacted to our immediate needs such as hunger or a need to sleep. By about the age of two and a half, our minds became more aware of our surroundings. We interpreted our experiences in the form of likes and dislikes. When we interpreted something as pleasant, we told ourselves, “I want more of that.” When we found an experience unpleasant, we said, “I don't want that,” and we did our best to push it away.

I call these “egoic thoughts.” They are how you view the world. Think of egoic thoughts as you would when you put on a pair of sunglasses. Suddenly, the color of the lenses influences everything you see. In the case of egoic thoughts, they are lenses that cause us to suffer. When I say “suffer,” I’m not referring to what you experience when you burn your hand on a hot stove. Rather, I’m describing a mental state that is generated by desires and fears: Desires for money, a soul mate, wisdom, self-confidence, or being an enlightened being. And fears of losing any of the preceding if you have it, or never acquiring what you want if you don’t.

Egoic thoughts create suffering because they attempt to control or change whatever is occurring right now, rather than accepting circumstances as they are in the present. Egoic thoughts are an endless stream of mental commentary that labels experiences as good or bad, making us want more of certain things and less of others.

The key is to identify the egoic thoughts for what they are; they are simply patterns developed from a young age. Reminding yourself of this as they arise throughout the day will diminish their ability to cause suffering. Keep in mind that even positive experiences create suffering because we want more of them or we fear them coming to an end.

With enough practice, you’ll be able to experience true peace of mind regardless of your thoughts. You’ll disarm your egoic thoughts of their ability to want more or less of whatever desire or fear arises. Rather than rely on external circumstances to bring about happiness, peace of mind will come from within.

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Peace of mind is there such a thing we can ask? Yes, there is when we are in the will of God and even then we are still going to have moments when we are discouraged, filled with doubt and fear because of our human nature. I do believe that peace of mind comes with the process of maturing as we grow older. Why? Because in our early years our tolerance level was difference so we accepted more to have a piece of mind such as but not limited to ( having to be in with the crowd, drinking, partying and having fun) that was our peace of mind because of the mindset we had. Now as we are older peace of mind is ( making sure are life is right with Jesus, spreading the word, making sure bills are paid, making sure we are happy ourselves, ect). So with life changes there comes mind changes. Love the article and it was very informative.

As, I think of peace of mind, I think of the chastisement of my peace was upon the Lord and by His stripes I am healed. My well-being, welfare, success,prosperity, happiness etc. the Lord paid for... and most of all, I have peace with God and the peace of God in my life... This is what I think of while studying this article... So my peace comes for the Lord who lives on the inside of me by way of His Holy Spirit... 

Glory Be To God!!!

Inner peace (internal joy) are the influences of the spirit on the mind.  In so much as Spirit discerns spirit the peace obtained surpasses all understanding.  Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me (inside out).

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Egoic thoughts create suffering because they attempt to control or change whatever is occurring right now, rather than accepting circumstances as they are in the present. Egoic thoughts are an endless stream of mental commentary that labels experiences as good or bad, making us want more of certain things and less of others.

The key is to identify the egoic thoughts for what they are; they are simply patterns developed from a young age. Reminding yourself of this as they arise throughout the day will diminish their ability to cause suffering. Keep in mind that even positive experiences create suffering because we want more of them or we fear them coming to an end.

With enough practice, you’ll be able to experience true peace of mind regardless of your thoughts. You’ll disarm your egoic thoughts of their ability to want more or less of whatever desire or fear arises. Rather than rely on external circumstances to bring about happiness, peace of mind will come from within.

I google searched this Egoic thoughts:

The egoic mind — the chatter and everything outside of pure consciousness will attempt to sabotage you of peace and rob you of the moment. Because over the milennia, the ego mind took on too much control. The ego was meant to cue you to run when being chased by a lion or to take your hand off of a hot stove. But it took over more control than necessary.

There is meant to be a balance between the heart and the mind. The heart is the communication device of the wisdom of your consciousness. The mind is a receiver — explicitly for engaging in physicality.

 

This is epic, it’s a pattern that needs to be implemented in our lives. Never thought of the mind that way, thanking God for the teachings, that will bring light into a dark place that we have no idea it’s dark. Just as in the reading stated, “I call these “egoic thoughts.” They are how you view the world. Think of egoic thoughts as you would when you put on a pair of sunglasses. Suddenly, the color of the lenses influences everything you see.” Powerful, this is a guide to study more of the mind and know how it really works. My Lord; We desire to walk, and operate in A Peace of our Mind. You never thought you weren't in peace until you sit back and take an inventory of your surrounding, your life, what's in your life, because sometimes we tolerate things, thinking this is what I am suppose to do or have in our lives, and come to find out it's not good, this thing is causing us grief, un-settlements, and that is not peace. Thank You Lord for Peace in all our arena of Life. 

My God, yes, we need to understand how the mind works.  By doing this we can begin to not only have peace of mind, but to help others get a peace of mind too!  GLORYAH TO GOD!!!

Ne'eman I believe this to be true that we are in a peace of mind now. Then the celebrities because we have wayy less a attention on us and dont care what people think. Most of us at least. But we need to be more concern with how God views us then them. People come and go. It's time to get it right.

Thank you Lord for allowing us to have peace of mind. God we cast out that external egoic thoughts right now it has not place in me anymore we are healed and made whole because our mind is at peace. Lord We thank you for our healing right now in Jesus Ne'Eman.

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