If you had one gift to give to yourself, what would it be? More money, better relationships or simply more inner harmony?
A peaceful life is yours when you remove ego and desires completely and visualize yourself as a peaceful being. If we look at our life as a series of experiences, we will appreciate the importance of our thoughts and emotions as we go from one day to another.
Each day is filled with numerous experiences, some new and some repetitive. If we take some minutes out every day to connect with ourselves and just be still, we will be able to gain perspective and feel comfortable—irrespective of the goings-on around us.
The Virtuous Cycle of Peace
When you are peaceful, you are able to think clearly and control negative emotions a lot better than you can in a disturbed state of mind. This way, one can also make wise decisions related to the different aspects of life: relationships, finances (besides others), thanks to a stable and peaceful mind.
In fact, all aspects of a person’s life benefit from spending some peaceful and quiet time alone. When one is contained, still and peaceful, one can give one’s best to everything one undertakes since the mind develops the power to focus with dedication.
Peaceful Life – How to Gain Peace
If you wish to experience Peace, think about it for some time and visualize yourself as a peaceful being. No matter how disturbed or distracted you may be, you will automatically be able to create some peaceful thoughts.
Just like we recharge our mobile phones and other gadgets after using them, our minds also need to be recharged to function optimally. The more frequently and regularly we do so, the better will be the quality of life we enjoy.
Only after one starts to commit some time to oneself dedicated to finding and restoring inner peace, can one move on to a regular routine of practicing meditation, which can open up a storehouse of positive energy for a person.
Manas and Arpita was a successful couple who believed in the popular philosophy of ‘Work hard and Party Harder.’ After a few years of living a life based on that belief, both of them felt de-motivated and directionless. Was life all about money, material achievements and showing off to others?
The emptiness and meaninglessness stuck Arpita first who became a follower of a renowned spiritual guru to sort out her feelings and inner disturbances. Manas, though resistant at first, soon followed suit since he too was experiencing the same emptiness.
Seeing how disconnected the couple was with their inner world and understanding the fast pace of their lives, the guru first guided them to spending peaceful time alone individually.
Taking out ten minutes everyday for doing nothing and just sitting down with their eyes closed seemed weird to the young couple at first but their affinity and respect for their guru helped them overcome this feeling.
The results soon followed and both of them noticed how their entire lives changed after a few months of this regular practice. Gaining spiritual insights transformed their relationship, their priorities, their mood swings and their personalities.
They decided to make spiritual practice an important part of their lives forever and live a meaningful peaceful life filled with inner power and positive peaceful energy.
Conclusion – Peaceful Life
Everyone seems to be running in circles all around us these days. It is our choice, if we want to follow the herd and live meaninglessly or step aside, make a wiser choice and live a peaceful life. Recharge your inner batteries and see your entire life becoming beautiful, one day at a time.
What peace means to me…
In a country, Peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility. Peace isn’t the absence of violence but rather the presence of justice. In a society, peace happens when different desires are in one agreement. Peace is based on many things, culture, education, family values, experience, & history (to name a few) but the basis is the same----to co-exist without war, killing, & overpowering a fellow being.
According to me, Peace is the feeling that all's right with the world. When everyone around me in my family, my friend circle and my neighbourhood is happy, eager to love, accept and relate… I feel at peace. Also, to me it means following what my heart says and sharing mutual trust and respect for people around me.
However, in today’s world, peace and harmony face various threats. Terrorism, regional imbalance, economic disparity, and social inequality are some of the factors which threaten peace today. We all are so engrossed in our busy lifestyles and yet want our lives to be peaceful. We expect that peace to be omnipresent but what we need to realize is the fact that if we want peace- we have to live peacefully, love everyone, forgive, forget, etc.
It’s not enough to stand around asking if world peace will ever happen because that won’t do anything. Actions speak louder than any words. If everyone starts living the peaceful, loving way, things will change. But someone has to start and lead by example. Mahatma Gandhi once said "You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
We can’t rely on anyone else to do this. We have to do these ourselves.
Acceptance, compassion, and tolerance are the foundation of peace.
Mahatma Gandhi showed that peace ends suffering and oppression, not by warring against an enemy but by bearing witness to wrongs and allowing sympathy and common humanity to do their patient work. Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa lived different aspects of peace, which was proven to be a viable way to achieve great things.
In the end, I would like to conclude by presenting this touching poem I found on net, which describes that peace takes the form we give it.
I took a walk the other day
and I asked Peace to come with me.
We walked in silence most of the way
Peace whispered that she
had something to say.
She sang a song about Peace on Earth
and held my hand in friendship
She looked into my eyes
in a compassionate way
She danced like the wind
on a calm summer’s eve,
and then breathed a sigh
which calmed my nerves.
She made a wish that,
by her hand,
wars would end
oppression would end
And Justice would reign.
Peace took me in her arms
and rocked me to sleep
And while I dreamed,
Peace became me.
A LAST WISH
I loved you with my heart,
I loved you with my soul,
But the world kept us apart,
And gifted my heart, with a painful hole…
My life is short and I will die,
But just once, can’t I say good bye..?
I want to look in your eyes,
And say “don’t cry...”
I know that I won’t find you,
You are thousand miles away.
Can’t these borders be erased?
Just for today?
I remember the day,
When you went away,
To fight with bullets and guns,
To run with pouring blood n wounds,
As if they were your companions.
I could sense something wrong,
Unaware of the unlucky star.
My senses proved me right,
You were among the prisoners of war...
My tears went dry,
And my fears started to cry,
I didn’t know whether,
You would live or die...
And now my life is on its verge,
Life is slowly drowning,
And death is waiting to emerge.
My last wish is that you come to my funeral,
And sing me a dirge…