Peace

May 12, 2014

Here is some guidance on one thing it seems we all crave:

“Peace comes to those who keep their own peace.  It does not come about because there is no turmoil, for there is always turmoil.  It is not dependent on silence, for there is always noise.  Peace is not, itself, a circumstance, it is a position, it is a way of being with yourself and in yourself, a way of being at peace because peace is what you have decided you will be.  Peace is an intention, then, and it is a deep kind of residing in that intention, with great willingness and with the courage to dismiss your own fighting, your own noise, your own peacelessness.  We do not have peace so much as we bring it about.  We look for peace in the quieting of our homes, in making our relationships more friendly, and in seeking to end conflict and strife in the world around us, but these things do not bring peace.  They may bring other things, and those other things may be good for us, but peace is something we need now, not when the world is quiet and people can finally get along.  Peace is something we need because the world is not quiet and people do not get along.  [I]t must be that, despite our difficulties, it is possible to be content.  It must be that our state, our very happiness, does not depend on what the world has on offer.  It must be that we are, at least in some meaningful way, responsible for that contentment and that happiness.”

And a little on the practice of finding our own peace:

“…Peace is a lack, an internal kind of emptiness.  It is the way we describe the relief we feel when things which are extraneous are no longer polluting our interior space.  If you are not peaceful then there is something inside you crowding that out, filling your emptiness and so preventing the peace of that emptiness.  It may be a fight or an objection, it may be a vow you’ve made or a rule you won’t break, but it is disturbing and disrupting your very capacity for peace.  Be without whatever it is that disturbs your contentment and find that in the great spaciousness, in the absence itself, is peace true and deep and yours.”

One Response to “Peace”

  1. May I ask: would you say a good starting point is to cease conflating concepts of ‘peace’, ‘happiness’ and ‘contentedness’? It seems to me that much of the absence of these qualities within comes about through misunderstanding the impulsion that sought them. In other words, we conflate and associate our (misguided), orientations with the sought (yet opaque), objective. There is a confusion between our deepest needs and how the mind seeks to realise them. With gratitude and respect, Hariod Brawn.

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