"Pascal said, "All humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone". I'm not sure I would go quite this far, but I am certain that a quiet man is the foundation of inner peace. And inner peace translates into outer peace".
"Although there are many techniques for quieting the mind, such as reflection, deep breathing, contemplation and visualization, the most universally accepted and regularly used technique is meditation.. In as little as five to ten minutes a day, you can train your mind to be still and quiet. This stillness can be incorporated into your daily life, making you less reactive and irritable, and giving you greater perspective to see things as small stuff rather than as emergencies. Meditation teaches you to be calm by giving you the experience of absolute relaxation. It teaches you to be at peace".