There is much that can take us out of balance. I use a spiritual process to embrace serenity on a daily basis.
For me, since I am sixty-eight, stress takes the form of chronic, physical challenges. My wife Susan has a variety of medical problems that cause emotional issues too. Now, if we add these worries to medical expenses, the bizarre political situation in the USA, and a conglomeration of world problems, one can easily appreciate why feeling calm, cool, and collected might be very elusive.
In general, my spiritual approach to finding peace of mind, living in the now, and experiencing more joy, involves a system of merging positive thoughts with positive beliefs to feel the presence of the Divine within our heart-center. Let's begin with some positive thoughts.
I recently attended a workshop called Prosperity Plus by Mary Morrissey. She presented five positive thoughts which can help us have a better day. She went on to suggest we can use the five fingers on our left hand to remember these ideas.
For example: The thumb means to start your day with a thumbs-up attitude. The forefinger reminds us to point our day in a positive direction. The middle finger refers to "flipping-off" fear - don't let it stop you. The fourth finger suggests we move with expectations of success, peace, abundance, and joy. Lastly, the little finger reminds us to be grateful for the small blessings in our life.