Understanding Tranquility

Tranquility: quality or state of being tranquil; calmness; peacefulness; quiet; serenity.
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Synonyms: ataraxia, calm, calmness, composure, coolness, equanimity, hush, imperturbability, imperturbation, law and order, order, peacefulness, placidity, quietness, quietude, repose, rest, restfulness, sedateness, serenity, stillness.
Antonyms: chaos, disturbance, loudness, noise, turbulence, violence, wildness.
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  • Tranquility is a disposition — free of mental stress and anxiety
  • Tranquility is an untroubled state — one that is free from disturbance
  • Tranquility is a mental state of mine — one of peace and evenness of temper
  • Tranquility is a repose — a state of calmness and composure
  • Tranquility is serenity — a sense of stillness, quietness

Benefits of Tranquillity

  • Tranquillity provides inner peace — it keeps our thoughts free of the turmoil in the world around us.
  • Tranquillity provides freedom — we release our fears and negative emotions that trouble us throughout the day.
  • Tranquillity provides a respite — from our busy work and activities that occupy our time, our hearts and our minds.
  • Tranquillity provides a place — to go to quiet myself and tap into what is pure, creative and intuitive.
  • Tranquillity provides me the opportunity — to be still and spend some time in the company of my creator.

Acts of Tranquillity in Everyday Life

  • The Bible — It is only during times of tranquillity that profits and Holy men and women were able to connect with a greater power.
  • Sports and Games — Teams seek a time-out to regroup and seek a renewed perspective.
  • The Need for Sleep — Without proper sleep our judgment is jeopardized. We are at an increased risk of substance abuse, social problems and more likely to suffer from a mood disorder such as depression.
  • Crop Rotation — The earth itself performs better and yields more productive crops when we respect the need to rest the soil so it can restore itself.
  • Positive Parenting — Teaching children to take a 'time out,' giving them the opportunity to think about what went wrong and refocus on improved behavior.

Methods for Achieving Tranquillity

  • Meditation — Set aside time to travel within and empty the stressor and pressures of the day. Learn to connect to the inner directive of how to live.
  • Stress-Management — Various methods and techniques to keep stress and anxiety brought on by the outer world from harming us, causing distress and disease.
  • Connect to Spirituality — Whatever your persuasion, seek to develop a deeper, more intimate contact with a Higher Power.
  • Seek Opportunities for Serenity — Look for the value in being rather than doing.

Golden Mean


Quotes for Tranquillity

Never do anything in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Commend all to God, and then be still and be at rest in His bosom.
- St. Francis de Sales -
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
- Thomas a Kempis -
I choose to put in order my thoughts and hang the walls of my mind with pictures of whatsoever things are lovely and of good report.
- Joseph Murphy -

Recommended Reading

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle is filled with insights and inspiration about finding peace and serenity in the fast-paced, frenzied world in which we live. Throughout the book, Mr. Tolle shares principles for finding a world of riches through inner peace that are easy to understand and when practiced, truly bring serenity.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn