In modern age, our understanding and control of the external world have increased considerably. We have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness. There is no less suffering in the world today, and there are no fewer problems. Indeed, it could be said that there are now more problems and greater unhappiness than ever before.
When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficulties with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to situations with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to transform our life and be free from problems we must learn to transform our mind. Sufferings, problems, worries, unhappiness, and pain all exist within our mind; they are all unpleasant feelings, which are part of the mind. Through controlling, purifying, pacifying our mind, we can stop them once and for all.
In fact, the solution to our problems, and to those of society as a whole, does not lie in knowledge or control of the external world. If our mind is peaceful, we will be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions.
Why is this?
Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we will be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions. But if mind is disturbed or troubled in any way, we will never be happy, no matter how good our external conditions may be. External conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. We can understand this through our own experience. For instance, even if we are in the most beautiful, most peaceful surroundings and have everything we need, the moment we get angry any happiness we may have disappears. This is because anger in mind has destroyed our inner peace.
What is inner peace?
The Simple answer is: Self Acceptance. It is a state of Mind.
Inner Peace can be as simple as letting go, and resting under the shade of an old tree.
Everyone can find inner peace. The path is through acceptance – Acceptance of Outer Truth and Inner Truth. However, countless paths for finding acceptance exist. The path taken to find inner peace is as hard or simple as a person makes the journey of self acceptance to be. Some seekers take a longer path than others as they work out to resolve personal inner conflicts within their life. A true person will embrace inner peace by always taking the moment to be present in their life.
Inner Peace can be discovered when understanding Truth.
Inner Peace is a matter of accepting your life as Truth.
Accepting truth includes
- The past is just… the past, long gone and passed on by.
- The future is not here yet…
- You are here now, firmly in the moment: dancing from moment to moment… embracing the ride of now
Living with such outlook doesn’t mean to stop being you…
- It simply means to not hold former shapes of the past.
- It simply means to stop limiting yourself to expectations for the future.
- It simply means to accept yourself now… honestly upon your own terms.
To take all the whimsy, experiences and your nature to where ever it might lead. So the goal is just to enjoy, discover and swirl in wonder. Along the way to move gracefully while giving a helping hand as we can.
This approach keeps everything simple and honest. The most beautiful part is being present now, where acceptance is in each moment as it happens… if we want true, lasting happiness we need to develop and maintain a special experience of inner peace. The only way to do this is by training our mind for accepting the inner truth and outer truth.
“Mind precedes all things; mind is their chief, mind is their maker.
If one speaks or does a deed with a mind that is pure within,
Happiness then follows along like a never departing shadow.”
~ Dhammapada 1
We can see from this that if we want true, lasting happiness we need to develop and maintain a special experience of inner peace. The only way we can do this is by training our mind through mental practice – gradually reducing and eliminating our negative, disturbed states of mind and replacing them with positive, peaceful states.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. – Unknown
One step at a time… Having no illusions: since the dance of life comes with both hard days and easier times. A Peaceful person just takes it as it comes… One moment, one step, one breath at a time with stable state of mind.