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Finding True Peace

June 10th, 2013

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Last week I attended a Peace Ceremony at my kids school and in the program, there was a quote that I really liked, and I wanted to reflect on it today. Here it is:

"Peace is not the absence of noise, trouble or hard work,
it is to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart"

- Unknown

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This is such a powerful statement, and so important to keep in mind! as we often hope to find peace in a place of quiet, harmony, and calm; but true and lasting peace comes only if we carry that place within us.

If we are not at peace in our hearts, we can be in the most beautiful and quiet place, and have total harmony around us but still find turmoil and chaos inside; but if we are at peace in our hearts, it doesn't matter what the outside circumstances are, we can still remain calm and in harmony through anything.

One of the best ways to find peace in our hearts is by letting go, letting go of control. This is not easy and goes against a strong human tendency, but the more we practice it, the more we become good at it and it eventually becomes easier and easier.

Our human tendency is to control everything in our lives, we like to have certainty about future events, we like to know what is coming, we like to plan and predict our future, etc. But no matter how well we do, life keeps changing and we can't predict much of what happens, as there are too many factors at play.

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
- Lao Tzu

This does not mean that we have NO saying in the way our lives unfold, in fact we have a LOT to do with the way our lives unfold, but our real strength and power comes from being open to change, being totally present and accepting our reality as is.

If we are open to change, as opposed to clinging to the way things are or the way we want them to be, we are part of the flow of life which is always changing, and in that way we find harmony with it.

If we are totally present, we can live more fully, every single moment of our lives with no interference from our past, our fears, our predictions, etc, and that way we can be more in touch with reality, which in turn will allow us to have more clarity. Clarity will then help us make the best decisions at the appropriate times, and take the actions that are best for us.

And finally, when we accept our reality as is, we stop resisting what is, and this will free our energy so we can use it more wisely towards better outcomes.

So, letting go of control is the first and more important step towards finding real peace, and it is worth all the efforts it may require, because true and lasting peace has no price.

"If you let go a little, you find a little peace, if you let go a lot, you find a lot of peace,
if you let go absolutely, you find absolute peace"

- Ajahn Chah

So, start looking for peace inside your heart and you will eventually find it for good!

Have a good week!
Related post: Practicing Acceptance and Letting go of Control…

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