Posts Tagged ‘inner’
Look! It’s an elephant enjoying a waterfall. How beautiful is that?
She’s living in the moment – something many of us don’t do often enough. Just relishing the wonderful splendor that surrounds us. Simply appreciating how there is so much beauty everywhere, in every thing.
It is awesome to be alive. Existence rules!
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
As the great philosopher says, inner peace is a crucial part to world peace. The more peace that our planet’s people find within themselves, the more peace will manifest itself throughout our world.
Inner peace is not some elusive state attainable only on secluded mountaintops. Inner peace can be found within each of us, if we simply put some time towards finding it.
By setting aside a period of time everyday – maybe just a few minutes, maybe half an hour – we can use these moments to experience silence. The longer we spend, the quieter our mind and thoughts will become, until peace permeates all aspects of our lives.
Granted, in today’s instant and interconnected world of unending entertainment and distractions, finding a few minutes to sit still and do nothing won’t always seem practical, but the payoff is well worth it.
Seeking inner peace can mean less stress, fewer fears, more success, and better overall health.
As well, the more peace we bring into our lives, the more we automatically contribute to an increase in world peace.
Living Luminaries – On the Serious Business of Happiness is a 2007 film that follows one man’s quest to find happiness. His journey brings him to many sages who offer their own interpretations of what happiness is and how to find it. Overall, this is an excellent film, with some really practical advice.
A reoccurring theme is how unhappiness and suffering are due to us being self-centered. The “I”, the ego, the self… attachment to this illusion is what causes suffering. Relinquishing attachment, being free from the self, free from the ego, is what also frees us from suffering.
As we relinquish attachment, mentally rising from the physical realm into the spiritual realm, we can see ourselves and all others as part of the same whole, part of something beautiful, and how the self, the “I”, the ego… this is just an illusion we create in our own minds.
As well, we need to find what our own gifts to the world are, and then set on a journey to make them happen. To find out what our gifts are, to find out what we want to do in life, we need to listen. We need to withdraw from the outside noise, and look inwards. Every cell of our bodies have harmony and wisdom – we need to get in touch with it. Be in the moment, be in the present, be in the now… as we do this, we will be in touch with the entire universe.
Ultimately, happiness is a decision. Choose to be happy. Happiness is a state of mind… a state of mind we can put ourselves into, whenever we choose. Don’t attach happiness to the attainment of some goal to be found in the future, like, “when I get a million dollars, then I will be happy.” No, be happy on the entire journey to getting the million dollars. Be happy on the way.