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Ataraxia

Definition:  Peace of mind; a pleasure that comes when the mind is at rest.

Pronunciation: a-tuh-RAK-see-a

Synonyms: Quietude, tranquility, serenity

Origin: It is derived from the Greek word ataraktos (not disturbed).

Why this word?

Such a coveted thing this “peace of mind” is. Who would know about its importance better than you! Everyone desires it badly, but those doggone responsibilities and unnecessary fretting take it away from you.  They, first, make you think, then throw you in swivet, leave you disconcerted, and eventually liquidate all those potential germs of tranquility.

Even if partially, our glowing rectangles (mobile, tablets, laptops et cetera) also impede our journey to attain ataraxia; we hate to admit it though. If you are having a hard time making yourself believe the aforementioned declaration made by me, just ask yourself this question: What do you resort to in your leisure? The word phubbing was even coined- I wonder where we are heading to! Give your brain some rest, people and look the word up- if you’re not yet familiar with it.

I am no preacher, but looking at monks and gurus, who have successfully attained ataraxia, it seems to me that sacrificing the hedonistic way of living and doing what you have predilection for are the only ways to attain that peace of mind.

How to use it in sentence?

That fidgeting in night was actually a fight for Ataraxia.

Martin experiences ataraxia when he paints

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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.

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