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How Can I Find Inner Peace

How can I find inner peace when I am feeling so stressed out? How can I find inner peace when my whole life feels in turmoil? How can I find inner peace with all the worries and debt I have created? How can I find inner peace and escape all the chaos in the world? If you ever feel like this, take a break, sit down and carry on reading. You CAN find inner peace and I will explain how.

Everyone wants to know the answer to; how can I find inner peace? Meditation is the antidote to stress and turmoil. Inner peace is just one of the wonderful benefits meditation has to offer. There are so many possibilities that open up when you begin mediation. You can achieve anything you want in life when you understand the mind. The less you worry about, the more you can focus on what you really want.

The unrest in the world is unsettling to say the least, but the personal unrest that resides within so many of us is growing to epidemic proportions. We live in an increasingly faster, more hectic world with financial debt, demanding jobs and a higher cost of living that seems to continue to grow. 

How can I find inner peace? The first step in achieving inner peace is, understanding that it is intrinsic. No amount of money or material possessions can bring it to you. There is a verse from the Tao Te Ching (pronounced dow day jing) that tells us "chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench." This is the key to inner peace. It can not be bought or traded for goods. You must reach inside of yourself and discover the peace that is there.

True inner peace comes with a contentment of what one has in their own life. It comes from finding the joy in wherever they are and releasing themselves from the bonds of desire. There is a certain calm that descends upon your being once you have accepted what you have and no longer wish to control your environment.

This is not to say that you should no longer wish to achieve your goals or dreams, but only that you should not allow those goals and dreams to consume you. There is an ancient Taoist parable that tells of a sailor who was out at sea and encountered a storm. He fought the storm as he tried to steer his boat into the wind and against the current. When his boat began to capsize, the sailor, spent from his struggles, gave in to the storm and sea. Instantly, his boat moved easily and he was able to regain his strength as he moved with the current - with nature.

When we fight against our environment and the current of our own lives, when we dwell on material wealth and center our desire on possessions there is turmoil within our spirit that hinders the stillness and tranquility of inner peace. You can not taste it, touch it or smell it, but it is ever present. Once it is present, you will feel serenity, an acceptance of the bumps in the road that would at one time have caused you to give up.

How can I find inner peace? Through contemplation and rumination. Inner peace gives you strength of spirit, but you will find that you are more flexible and accepting to change.

The Tao Te Ching also talks of flexibility and how it can help you achieve inner peace (76 S. Mitchell)

Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plats are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry.

Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.

The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.

To be flexible (supple) is to live and prevail.  Clear your mind, release yourself from desire and inner peace will find you.

How can I find inner peace? Upon reflection of our own lives, once we take inventory of our own desires and views, we can learn where and how to proceed. See, inner peace is not necessarily achieved by a conscious act, but by an internal change that affects how we view our world. Meditation can be a vessel of reaching this form of enlightenment. Through meditation you can reflect on your actions and find the silence of your thoughts so that the chaos is finally calmed.

By Harriet Base

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