Meditation and Peace

March 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm (Benefits of Meditation, Meditation Basics, Why do we meditate?)

This post is a continuation of the series on the relationship between meditation and various feeling that we experience as we live our lives.

What is Peace?

If we think about the word peace, several different definitions come to mind. If we were just viewing the news about a war or conflict somewhere in the world. we my associate peace with the absence of violence, or a state where the war is ended.

In the middle of the night if a barking dog has awakened you, you may first think of peace a a synonym of quiet – so you can get the sleep that you so desparately want.

If you have been in a heated discussion with someone and the situation was unresolved, you may think of peace as a resolution to a tense or explosive emotional situation.

If you have some deep emotional pain from a situation in your life with a loved one, or a personal issue that torments you, then peace is purely an internal feeling that you might define as the way you want your heart or mind to feel.

The common theme in all these situations is one of conflict. In each situation there is a conflict between what you want to have or feel and what the reality actually is.

In that light, peace could be defined as the ‘absence of conflict,’ whether or not the conflict is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

That would be a definition that works on the superficial levels, but a few moments of reflection will clearly show that the absence of conflict is necessary but not sufficient to have peace.

True Peace and Superficial Peace

True peace is an upward lifting emotion. To be sure, there is an absence of conflict, but there is also an aspiration upward. Peace is a gentle feeling of reaching for, achieving and enjoying that which is good.

True physical peace, mental peace, emotional peace and spiritual peace all depend on a clear heart, a true intent and a desire for that which is best in us. It comes as we are true to the things that we know to be right.

Meditation Can Help Bring Peace

Meditation is a wonderful tool to help us achieve true peace in our hearts. Meditation will help you sort our feelings and thoughts in a way that drives action for thigs that can be changed or improved and gentle acceptance of those that cannot.

Regular meditation practice gives a perspective that brings peace, even amid the sometimes chaotic pace of life and being. It will give you a longer perspective, a greater measure of patience and a larger understanding of  the human condition.

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