Last week (Sunday September 16th) we discussed The Mind and the Spirit – why we need to explore the nature of the mind, the techniques involved, the role of a teacher in understanding its nature, the origin of thoughts, the role of the intellect, and so on. One aspect that was mentioned, but not really explored, was the connection between the mind and Inner Peace.
“People are born for different tasks, but in order to survive, every one requires the same nourishment; inner peace.” ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Inner Peace is perhaps a goal that all of us seek – it is connected to the concepts of harmony, equanimity and simplicity, among other things. We often hear about the desire for peace and love in the external world, while we perhaps remain in turmoil within ourselves – as we struggle with all the thoughts that circulate through our minds. We would surprise ourselves if we paused to observe (and I have done this many times) all the thoughts that pass through our mind in any sixty second period. Take a pause. Close your eyes for sixty seconds and observe your thoughts. Then read on.
“A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefore a healthier body.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama
What did you discover? Were your thoughts conducive to moving you towards Inner Peace? Whether the answer is yes or no, I believe that all of us can use more Inner Peace than we have right now. What are some factors that disturb our Inner Peace? How do you recover when your Inner Peace is disturbed? How can techniques like meditation and/or Yoga help us attain more Inner Peace? Can we get to a state where external events do not affect our Inner Peace – at least temporarily?
“No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.” ~ Peace Pilgrim
Let us explore our state of Inner Peace. I invite you to join the #SpiritChat community on Sunday September 23rd at 9am ET / 2pm UK / 6:30 India as we explore some of these questions. In the mean time, I hope you continue your spiritual journey – and that more Inner Peace finds you on your path.
Update: Here is the html Transcript for chat on Inner Peace. Here is the pdf version for download. Also see the questions asked during the live chat held Sep 23rd 2012 at 9am ET. Feel free to answer in the comments or tweet with hashtag #spiritchat to share your answers with the community.
Ready? Q1. What thoughts or feelings do the two words "Inner Peace" invoke in you? #SpiritChat Q2. What factors tend to decrease your sense of inner peace? #SpiritChat Q3. What are some traits of those who exhibit a great degree of inner peace? #SpiritChat Q4. How does one find inner peace in a noisy world? (Q via @MitzvahCircle) #SpiritChat Q5. Is a lasting state of inner peace just an ideal? Or is it achievable? How? #SpiritChat Q6. How does inner peace affect our relationships? Online and offline.. #SpiritChat Q7. Is inner peace the final destination for spiritual practice? Or just a milestone on our way... #SpiritChat Final Q8. Share your inner peace mantra with us. In seven words, more or less :) #SpiritChat