Feeling Inner Peace While the World Burns

“This Too Shall Pass”, an artwork by Ecif
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

This belief is: that if you do not suffer while others around you suffer, you are part of the problem.

“If I could change something about the present situation, I would be happy”.

Ken Keyes Jr was a quadriplegic after contracting polio aged 27 — after this experience he wrote multiple books on how to find happiness in the present moment
The Beggar and the Monk by Jaze Phua

“True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.”

- The Dalai Lama

As such it’s important for you to learn how to feel peace with life as it is right now, Right Now.

Because Now is the only time that exists.

We can work for a better future, indeed we should, but we should not hinge our happiness on the achievement of any future goal.

The self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức in protest against religious repression: “As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.”



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“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds” — Cloud Atlas