Calmness is a state where we feel comfortable, a state that is different for each person. For instance, some people are rampant, and if you try to calm them down, they might explode from the pressure. That is, their wildness is their calmness.
There are different types of people, such as choleric, sanguine and people who are naturally stressed or under pressure. Calmness is thus in relation to each individual. That we each feel comfortable in our current state means that we are calm. And we should understand that some people need high levels of activity in order to feel calm.
I had a friend who managed a theater. He dealt with frustration and pressure around the clock, but when there were periods when there were no requests to put on shows, he felt depressed. Therefore, definitions of calmness are completely personal. We also cannot examine such definitions by blood pressure or other physical measurements. Simply, each person feels calmness differently in their lives. But in short, when a person feels content with their life, they are calm.
A key paradox regarding calmness is that we generally regard calmness as a healthier state than stress, but life itself does not let us remain calm. This is because we shape our lives artificially, out of our ego. We wish to use other people and nature for our own personal benefit, and by doing so, we spoil each other’s lives, leading each other to anything but calmness. Therefore, realizing calmness throughout society today would require correcting the human ego en masse.
Based on the video “What Is Calmness?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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