The Symptoms of Inner Peace
Thinking and acting deliberately, not from fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
Loss of interest in judging others
Loss of interest in judging self
Loss of interest in conflict
Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
Loss of ability to worry
Overwhelming episodes of appreciation
Feelings of connectedness with others and nature
Frequent attacks of smiling through the heart
Susceptibility to kindness and uncontrollable urge to reciprocate
Tendency to allow things to unfold rather than resisting and manipulating
The path to Inner Peace is not a short one. You don't wake up one day and all of a sudden have Inner Peace. It's not something that anyone else can give you. It is a gift that only you can give to yourself. It is not just for the elite. It is for everyone.
It is the natural state of our soul - which is why we strive for it all our lives. When we don't have it, we feel that "there's something missing" in our lives. At times we try to fill that empty feeling with food, things, people, alcohol, sex, etc... And no matter how much of any of these things we fill ourselves with, if we still lack Inner Peace, we still feel empty. And most of us don't even know why - we just don't "feel right."
There are many paths to Inner Peace. Each path is as unique as each person and each situation. No matter where you are now, you can get there. No matter how many times you've been there and later lost your way, you can still return. How you need to get there - only you know. What is right for others may not be effective for you. But you know what is right for you and how to get there ... if you listen closely to yourself. Do not worry about how you got to your present state. Your return to Inner Peace will not be along that same path. Release - with peace and love - your attachment to the path you have travelled and focus on that which is before you. The way is calling you. It is up to you to choose to answer or ignore it.
You have already tried to ignore it. You have already tried to fill that emptiness with everything else. You have already tried to numb yourself in hopes that the yearning will disappear. Some of these things have worked for a short while, but the yearning returns. The nagging feeling creeps up behind you when you least expect it and begs to be recognized. That nagging feeling is the yearning for Inner Peace.
Go and find it. It waits for you. It will always be waiting for you - no matter how long your journey takes. It is the patient lover of your soul. Love yourself and it will come. And every time you love yourself - it will return.
Posted by BlueWolf on December 1, 2001 12:00 PM