Word for Wednesday: Ataraxia

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Under the spotlight this week is a word that describes peace of mind, a state of tranquility and stillness free from worry and stress.

In this digital age, our minds and thoughts seem perpetually stimulated, we are conditioned to change focus constantly, checking social media pages, emails, mobile phones, or watching television.

Ultimately, our mind is left with very little breathing space!

The word ataraxia comes from the Greek for ‘undisturbed’.

Ataraxia is a state of mind in which our emotions are allowed respite and our anxieties allowed to dissolve. So tonight as you relax before bedtime, try not to reach for the nearest gadget and instead, simply… relax.

01 Oct 2014
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