Sometimes, particularly when life seems full of challenges, we become so focused on what we’ve yet to achieve both in our personal growth and in our life accomplishments, that we forget to acknowledge or even take the time to consider what already has come to pass by effort or circumstance.
Last week I wrote about the importance of finding a few moments each day for Quiet. I have capitalized the word “Quiet” here because the kind of quiet I’m talking about, and that we are looking for, is more than just the lack of external sound, though that is important, it is a deeper quiet; the kind of quiet that we find when we learn to turn down the volume on our inner noise, on the loud cacophony of self-doubt, recriminations, banter and barter that too often produces a non-stop assault upon our sense of peace and security. What we are really searching for is inner peace.
But would we know what inner peace looks like if we encountered it? Might it already exist but we simply don’t recognize it? The next time you take a few moments to dwell in a “Quiet” place consider the following items. Do you already possess a bit of inner peace?
THE SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE
- Tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
- An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.Loss of interest in judging self.
- Loss of interest in judging other people.
- Loss of interest in conflict.Loss of interest in interpreting actions of others.
- Loss of ability to worry.
- Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
- Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
- Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.
- Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
- Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen.
Saskia Davis copyright 1984
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