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Enjoy this week's thoughts on cultivating peace!
Sometimes we use the term ‘peaceful soul’ or a ‘peaceful being’ to refer to a state of mind which is undisturbed, completely calm, cool and still inside. Yet so few make the journey inward to experience that deep soul state which is defined as being ‘at peace’.
To be completely at peace with everyone and everything around you is the final stage of the yogi; a state in which there is no pull or desire in any direction. The soul is completely comfortable, balanced and content with every area of his life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This state of fulfilment brings happiness and a deep sense of contentment in the soul. Before we ask how we can arrive at this stage, let us look at what takes away our peace of mind and prevents us from being ‘at peace’.
The main thief of our peace is the inner conflict between the head and the heart, the restlessness we feel when we are not in alignment with ourselves. Very often it a conflict between what we desire versus what is 'right' according to our highest spiritual morals, values and conscience. Examples are a tug of war between flying economy class as opposed to business class or purchasing an ordinary handbag versus a designer bag. In both cases, one is caught in the struggle between using money for a higher cause versus indulging in one’s comfort and luxury. Other simpler examples would be economising by printing dual-side and using pedal power to save the environment, at the cost of personal comfort. We may choose to opt for simplicity at the risk of being mocked for a plain lifestyle. The big question is how do we find the fine line between being responsible and being comfortable. Should we listen to our conscience or gratify our ego and image? When we look at the motivation of our choices, the fine line will disappear and we can be totally comfortable and totally responsible.
Too many unrealistic desires also cause internal upheaval. One desire gives birth to another and another, and we are forever trying to plug a bottomless hole. The accomplices of desire very often are anger, greed, attachment, ego and lust. They all create an illusion of happiness and power when in fact they make us more peaceless and restless, that is powerless. Learning to take a closer look at our desires, and checking whether they are helping us achieve our greater goal of peace and happiness will save us a lot of suffering. Over-worrying and thinking too much also takes away our peace, as does holding onto unresolved feuds and past grievances.
Taking responsibility for our life, deciding not to join the blame game, learning to forgive, letting go of grievances and cultivating acceptance give us a deep sense of being at peace. Learn to imbibe every spiritual principle as a master and not blindly. Understand the repercussions of your decisions, embrace them and do not submit to the ‘poor me’ syndrome. As we let go of certain things on the path, we receive a lot more. Hence there is no feeling of being deprived. Learn to understand the signficance of all areas of your life, it brings a greater sense of fulfilment and happiness. True satisfaction comes with making the ‘right’ choices.
Someone I know chose to fly economy class rather than his usual first class. He checked himself as he boarded and turned right towards economy class instead of left. Instead of saddness, he felt a sense of victory over his ego. He realised that real freedom is when we can control our inner experience rather than allowing the game of position and possession to control us.
Until you arrive at that state of peace, there will always be an inner conflict. The more inner work you do, and the more you act from your higher self, the less the outer world will influence you.
And once you arrive at that state of peace, all inner conflict will cease. There are no unnecessary thoughts of doubt, worry, fear and you are free to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of every situation, no matter which way you turn!
It’s time… to be at peace.
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It’s Time is spreading far and wide! Feel free to forward this wisdom, but to avoid any karmic rebound, please acknowledge its source – ‘It’s Time’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London