We’re all probably pretty familiar with the “Serenity now!” clips from Seinfeld. But serenity (calmness, tranquility) is no less a virtue to be actively pursued just because it was a hysterical running gag on a super popular TV show. Chronic stress can lead to a whole host of troubles: anxiety, heart disease, stroke, weight gain, and memory loss amongst them. Part of achieving holistic health is working to eliminate stress.
So how do we find serenity? Rabbi Zeliq Pliskin warns against falling prey to the “two myths that work against mastery of serenity” — believing that serenity is a gift that either you possess or do not possess and believing that only when someone is in a perfectly peaceful environment can one maintain serenity. Carolyn Rubenstein agrees, giving us eleven great tips to work towards serenity.
My favorites here? Rock out, laugh, and reconnect. What are yours?
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.