yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Nervousness —  continues……

Instead of hurrying in a state of emotional excitement to get some place, and then not enjoying it once you arrive because you are restless, try to be more calm…. As soon as your mind becomes restless, give it a whack with your will and order it to be calm.

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Excitement upsets the nervous balance, sending too much energy to some parts and depriving others of their normal share. This lack of proper distribution of nerve force is the sole cause of nervousness.

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A body that is relaxed and calm invites mental peace.

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[Technique for relaxing the body:]

Tense with will: By command of will, direct the life energy {through the process of tension} to flood the body or any body part. Feel the energy vibrating there, energizing and revitalizing. Relax and feel: Relax the tension, and feel the soothing tingle of new life and vitality in the recharged area. Feel that you are not the body; you are that life which sustains the body. Feel the peace, the freedom, the increased awareness that comes with the calmness produced by the practice of this technique.

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When you have peace in every movement of your body, and peace in your thinking, and in your will power, and peace in your love, and peace and God in your ambitions, remember—you have connected God with your life.

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