As a person with an unhealthy sensitivity and anxiety disorder, I’ve read a lot about what many cultures and civilizations consider to be peace or mental balance. Many of the wise men and women of these cultures seem to come up with the same answers, as do Western psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, and philosophers of history: learning to control fear (assuming it is impossible to eliminate it), accepting the impossibility of eternal life, at least physical eternal life, and emotional detachment or ego worship. Heidegger, a German philosopher of the 20th century, believed that the authenticity of human beings begins when they accept their death as the only certainty. The four noble truths of Buddhism attribute the cause of suffering to desire and attachment. Some psychotherapists and pre-Hispanic cultures in Mexico agree with the fact that living rigidly attached to the beliefs we were taught as children, without being able to mutate them, can be the cause of serious illness.
It seems that the anxiety produced by our declining civilization could be explained by the fact that consumer society, technology, entertainment culture and drugs keep us from living fully aware that we are finite.
And personally, I have found peace of mind in different ways depending on the moment of my life or the context. For example, sometimes I find it calming to think about the wonder of small things, instead of obsessing about the intimidation caused by big things, sometimes not being able to cause admiration or challenge. José Mujica, former president of Uruguay and a great example of an austere and modest life, used to entertain himself and guard against madness in prison, detained by an authoritarian government, by watching the ants. It also calms me to think that what I experience at a given moment and what makes me feel is a product of my culture and what it has taught me to feel and perceive as right and good (or the opposite). Relativizing problems, being certain that they are temporary, has saved me from emotional breakdowns. And finally, the best antidote I have found is to think that it doesn’t matter much how much we may suffer in the world because we are a tiny particle in a mysterious and infinite universe. Don Juan Matus, the picaresque character in Carlos Castaneda’s parables, tells the stubborn rational anthropologist that the contradictions in life have no solution as reason invites us to believe, but to see human beings confronting them is beautiful. Mindfulness, an alternative therapy that many psychotherapists take from Buddhism, suggests learning to live the present without making our current concerns eternal, knowing that reality is by nature changing and therefore our ideas, so we should not identify with them.
I hope it will help you. Greetings.