Simple Living & Inner Peace

Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Inspirational with 1 Comment

L. Kevin Johnson | Earthstar

The situation in the world today is one in which we are standing on the brink of reckless destruction. Fear, uncertainty, insecurity and feelings of loneliness are perhaps more prevalent than any time before in human history. People are losing their jobs, homes and health at an alarming rate. And yet, these are simply manifestations resulting from psychological immaturity in our society, one that each individual must learn to overcome in order to reach true fulfillment and inner peace.

Talking about simplicity and peace is perhaps something of an anomaly these days. Rarely do we hear anyone actually talking about harmony. Instead, what is often expressed through media, movies, television and magazines are the complexities of modern life and how to cope with stress. This influences most of us to live our lives in a kind of self-induced trance, lost in concerns about things in the past that aren’t really important, or worrying about some imagined situation that hasn’t  happened yet. We have not learned to truly live in the present moment – the only place we really can live – therefore, we’re not really living at all.

What I began to question in my own life several years ago was this; “Why do I keep finding myself in situations that only bring me pain? Why is it so hard to be happy, especially in a world where there is so much opportunity for inner growth and worldly success?” It took me quite a while to discover the answer to that question, years of personal study and deep reflection, and the answer was one that really changed everything.

The reason tragic life situations keep repeating themselves in different forms is because we continuously act and react to life out of fear. We keep unconsciously trying to avoid our feelings of guilt, anger and fear by manipulating our lives in order to insure a future that will be better than the past; consequently, we never live in the place where we can find inner peace – the Now Moment.

Whenever we are reacting to situations or people that make us uncomfortable, we’re just trying to control circumstances in the world so that we won’t suffer, but all we are really doing, is bringing more discomfort and pain to ourselves. The easy answer to everything is to learn how to respond to life with kindness and mercy and to work for the highest good we can imagine.

As simplistic as this may sound it is in fact a basic Universal Truth – whatever we think about and proclaim in the world, becomes our experience. The trouble is, we don’t tend to practice something higher and better, therefore, things seldom change, and so we keep experiencing the same events over again.

How do we achieve inner peace in our lives? What psychological position do we have to understand about life to make such a leap? Surprisingly, it is really very simple, generally overlooked precisely because it is so simple. The answer is this:

  • If you value anything that does not last forever, you’re going to feel a sense of loss because everything in form is temporary and unreliable.
  • If you take or withhold any-thing from another person you are denying his right to everything and thus denying everything to yourself – what we “do” is what we believe is real.
  • Peace can only be found within you – in the still silence – it will never be attained by looking outside. There is nothing you can do outwardly in the world; no place to go to find it. Instead, ask yourself this question: Is there a place within me that does not change? If so, find it and rest in it. This is all you really need to know.

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