By Remez Sasson
Are you afraid of inner peace? This might seem a strange question, but since few really know what inner peace is, and people fear the unknown, this is not a strange question at all.
Do you think that if you attain inner peace your life would become boring, especially if you love thrill and action? No, your life won’t become boring. Inner peace is not a passive condition, and does not require non-action and no activity. You can live a life full of activity, interact with people, have fun, travel, work, and do things, while at the same time experiencing inner peace. True inner peace is not dependent on external conditions or situations, and is a healthy and much desired condition. Actually, inner peace will fill your life with inner joy and happiness.
What is inner peace?
It is a state of mental and emotional calmness and equanimity, in which the incessant chatter of the mind stops or almost stops. When the mind gets quiet, a great sense of happiness arises, independent of external conditions. You don’t experience inner peace only while meditating or in condition of trance, but while you are fully awake and active. Actually, your five senses and mind become even sharper.
Some people don’t believe that this state can be attained. How do they know? Have they tried?
Why be afraid of inner peace? You don’t have to live in an ashram or in a cave. You can go on living your life, but with a new and different inner condition and attitude.
You can learn to live within inner peace here and now, even if there is much noise and activity in your life. Are you willing to make the necessary effort?
Most people experience stress, anxiety, worries and a state of non-stop thinking that sometimes is wearisome, but how many do anything about alleviating this situation?
So many people are obsessed with what others think or say about them. They let other people’s words and thoughts, as well external conditions affect them. Inner peace puts a stop to this thing.
Almost everyone has his or her method of relaxing the mind. Listening to music, watching a movie, taking a walk, sleeping or working out are a few examples, but these methods bring only temporary peace.
There are other methods that can bring a greater degree of inner peace, which in time becomes even deeper, and can be experienced more and more often in one’s daily life. Inner peace can become a habit, requiring no effort to experience.
Gaining inner peace is usually a gradual process.
At first you experience inner peace for just a few seconds, but gradually the time gets longer and the experience gets deeper. It is a great feeling of peace, without, or almost without thoughts, and with full awareness and consciousness. These moments might appear at any time, while working, reading, eating or walking, without disturbing what you are doing. Actually, you are able to continue doing what you are doing, while at the same time being in a different, greater consciousness.
- Even a small degree of inner peace is worthwhile and can improve your life!
- Inner peace brings inner joy.
- Inner peace is like a delicious candy that you can enjoy in bad times and in good times, in difficult times and in good times.