We become unsettled and nervous when we overstimulate and overexcite the senses. Then we live in a state of disturbed mental equilibrium. The greatest causes of nervousness are an overindulgence in fear, hatred, anger, melancholy, envy, sorrow, discontent and worry that we do not have the necessities of a happy life. Violent, fearful or overly excited states of mind unbalance the prana, the life force, that flows through the senses and mind. Intense emotions and negative thoughts and feelings create a destructive force in our mind and body.
Nervousness makes it difficult for the body to heal and function properly and it causes the mind to over-think and obsess with unwanted and unnecessary thoughts. To alleviate this condition requires analysis and removal of the causes. The cause comes down to a simple matter of a mistake of thinking, a misperception of reality.
In a limited state of awareness and delusion, we believe we are this body, we believe we are all-important and we believe others are responsible for our pain. These misperceptions make us attached to our body, overly self-cherishing and separate from others. We do not understand that it is our mental, emotional and physical habits that are the cause of our suffering.
Calmness can be achieved when we analyze our habits and outlook. Are we acting simply, ethically and selflessly? Are we thinking compassionately? Every thought and action leave residue inside of us. Those impressions are what we are feeling either in our nervousness or calmness.
The energy in our nervous system must be balanced in order to achieve calmness, peace and stillness. When we think and then act we should ask; will this thought or action create peace? Do the people I associate with bring peace? Does my environment and what I consume mentally, emotionally and physically create peace? Is my life balanced and in harmony?