An Inside Story PEACE
PROBABLY peace is our most misunderstood desire and the one we seek most. There are many ways in which we believe we can find peace. Most of us would say that a suspension of world hostilities would likely rate as one of the main objectives for achieving it. We also believe that peace can be experienced by the elimination of many of our annoyances in daily life.
If our rowdy neighbours would only stop their arguing, or turn down their music, if the kids would just shut up for a minute, if the person next door using the leaf blower would drop dead, or if our daily work load wasn’t so hectic and so on. We are always at war with something, the war against terrorism: The war against crime and drugs: The war against cancer: The war against poverty and so on.
We can never achieve peace by changing anything externally. As with our perception of love and joy, our wish for peace and quiet relies on something happening out there, someone or something must stop upsetting ‘our peace of mind’, which is not really peace at all, but only a desire, that if achieved, will give us pleasure. We need to stop being a seeker of peace and become a finder.
Peace can only be found within, it will never be found on the outside, with anything happening… or not happening as the case may be… although most of us spend a great deal of our lives vainly searching for it out there. Peace is not a commodity, you can’t have it, it is not an acquisition or an emotion.
There is no need to seek it for we already have it – we just have to find it within. The degree of peace that we see out there in the big wide world is exactly the same degree of inner peace that we experience. There is no difference because it is our inner self that dictates what the world we see is like.
Love, Joy and Peace are our eternal states of being. They are who we really are. If we can become consciously aware of that fact we will magically change ourselves and if we are able to do that, we will change our world…
Dan’s Quote: “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”- Buddha