so you want to access peace and tranquility in this life. Follow me. Yes seriously. Probably i am researching this topic around 20 years. Be present always. At least try your best. Fully involve in whatever you are doing. I think reading is best. You dont need any special effort. When i am reading i am completely in it. I love reading . That is kind meditation for me.
“The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.”
This is Faulkner theory. If you want to be writer you follow this. At least you can try and see what happens. But the point is you should give your best in whatever you are doing. For me i do a small prayer when i am getting irritated and try to be present in whatever i do. That is good option, esp when you are driving. Dont ask me what is that prayer.
What is the essence. You need to follow the rule. like dont kill, dont do adultery, say follow the 10 commandments. Then work like a mad man. be with work. and fall asleep when u are in bed. you dont have time to think. you must be damn tired. That is enlightenment.