The Seven Habits of Highly Peaceful People
While waiting in a long line at a coffee shop, a woman remains calm and content, while the patron behind her feels irritated and frustrated. When cut off in traffic, a man continues calmly driving toward his destination, while another driver blows his horn and shouts obscenities. In a doctor’s waiting room, one person sits quietly and enjoys a moment of relaxation, while and another frantically scrolls through her social-media on her phone.
These examples reflect two types of people we are all capable of being: calm, tranquil, and peaceful or agitated, anxious, and easily angered. The difference between the two is a narrow one and depends on personal behavior. Here are the seven habits of highly peaceful people, which anyone can incorporate into daily life:
They have a routine. To have a peaceful mind, it’s essential to establish and maintain rhythm and routine. Generally, those who exhibit high levels of peace and calm carefully regulate their daily activities. Each day, they go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, eat their meals at the same time, and engage in their spiritual practices at the same time. Though not monks or nuns, peaceful people structure their daily lives in patterns similar to those found in monastic settings. In so doing, their nervous systems know what to expect rather than constantly being thrown off by erratic, unfamiliar schedules. Regularity is a foundation for cultivating a harmonious and peaceful mind.