For many of us, we pursue money and possessions as a way of satisfying not only our material needs but also our inner needs. We feel like we need certain luxuries before we can have inner peace. Or that once we achieve a certain level of financial stability then we can finally relax and start to find the inner peace we desire.
But beyond our most basic material needs what we need most of all is to learn to be at peace in the here and now. We need to learn to be at peace even before we obtain material wealth. We need to learn to be at peace above all else.
It’s so important that it’s worth sacrificing some material wealth in order to find it. This is not to say that it’s better to live in poverty. But if our attachment to possessions is unfulfilling, it may be time to let some things go.
We spend the greater part of our lives in search of inner peace. And we usually go looking in all the wrong places. We forget that peace is within us. At the deepest level of our being, the very core of who we are, is peace.
Life is short. And it’s really easy to waste the very little time that we have. The most important thing to remember in life is to keep your peace. Remember to breathe, take your time and clear your mind of disturbing thoughts.
This often gets thrown out the window once someone says or does something we don’t like, but those are the moments when it’s most important to “be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”
Or as Lao Tzu said “stop thinking, and end your problems.”
The way to find peace is to stop trying to find it. The path to peace is a path of letting go.