By Remez Sasson
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- Buddha -
- If you have more money, would you be more peaceful?
- If you achieve your dreams, would you experience more peace?
- Do you think that you enjoy a state of inner peace, only after you are financially secure?
- Do you believe that inner peace is dependent on external circumstances?
If you believe so, think again.
Inner peace is not dependent of circumstances and external situations. Inner peace comes from within you.
Often, after achieving something, finishing something, or solving a problem, you experience a brief moment of peace, but soon forget it, embarking on the next project, goal, task or problem. This sense of inner peace is of short duration, and is unstable.
In these situations, it seems as if inner peace is dependent on the accomplishment of some task, or goal, and can exist only after you do, get or achieve this or that. This is a completely errneous assumption.
This erroneous assumption associates the state of inner peace with certain activities, or rather achieving, gaining or doing something. It seems as if external circmstances and certain actions are the cause of the sense of peace.
Yes, we do have a temporary and short interval of inner peace, after an accomplishment, gain, or relief from a problem. I have written about this in other articles. In these situations, the worry and fear level decline, and the mind, for a short while stops its constant chatter. This cause the peace withing to be experienced. There is also happiness, which wells from within. At that very moment the mind is relieved, though temporarily, from the compulsion of constant thinking, from planning, worrying or striving and we experience peace and happiness.
When the mind stops its restless thinking, the peace and happiness that are always within are released, but since the mind is not trained to stay in this state, thoughts, desires and worries soon cover our consciousness, and we are out of this delghtful state.
However, since inner peace is the result of a calm mind, if we train our mind to be calm, we would experience inner peace and happiness always, irrespective of external conditins. This peace will come from within, exactly as Buddha said, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
How can we make this happen?
- Keep looking within and examining yourself in the various situations of life. Look within to see what happens when you are happy, and what makes you happy.
- Learn to improve your concentration. This will lead to a better control of your mind.
- Learn to practice meditation.
- Read books about the state of inner peace and practice what they teach.
- Learn from people who attained inner peace.
This will eventually will prove to you that peace comes from within.