We all want peace. But what is peace?
- For some, peace means a state of tranquility.
- For some, peace means the absence of stress, distractions, noise, clutter.
- For some, peace means the Buddhist form of meditation. In our world, meditation has become the popular method to “derive” a measure of what it considers “peace” to be. This is a definition found on Google concerning meditation: “The explanation of meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. One can meditate while doing his day’s labors as another.”
Here’s a second definition: “Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.”
What is offered by the world is an external form of “peace”: candles, reflective music, water, nature, incense, pebbles, etc…
There are several ways individuals cope with a lack of inner peace:
- The outer relaxation techniques as mentioned are used to distract from the inner struggles.
- The inner relaxation techniques, such as meditation, to distract and remove the awareness of current difficulties and inner struggles.
- The need to control people and/or things (such as obsessive and narcissistic behaviors).
- The constant need to prove oneself with more and more religious activities (all good things to do but won’t produce true peace in and of themselves).
What if peace though can be found in the midst of life’s storms, tragedies, stresses?
What if we can have a peace that is more than just trying to empty our mind of reality and the difficulties of our present?
What if peace isn’t in an outward environment nor a comatose state of mental awareness?
What if peace is a Presence that fills us, completes us, heals us, and transforms us?
What if Peace meets us right where we are and transcends the finite into infinite moments of grace?
What is Peace?
- Peace is a state of the soul.
- Peace can be found in the middle of the storms of life.
- Peace is the Presence of God, filling, sanctifying, healing our spirits, souls, and bodies.
- Peace is a fruit of the Spirit.
A great resource, detailing more of the specifics of peace is found at: http://www.gotquestions.org/fruit-Holy-Spirit-peace.html.