There once was a
king who offered a great reward for the best
painting of peace. Many
artists submitted beautiful works.
At last the king narrowed
his choice to two paintings. One was a picture
of a calm lake, mirroring
the tall mountains that surrounded it. Above the mountains, a single wisp
of a cloud floated
in the sky.
The other picture was
of an angry storm pouring torrential rain into a tumultuous river.
Mountain crags were illuminated
by angry flashes of light that burst across the canvas.
However, the king saw
only the mother bird, nesting in a crevice of a rock, protected
from the elements by
an overhanging pine branch.
"This," said the king,
"Is the painting for which I have been looking.
Peace is not necessarily
in pleasant surroundings. It is the calm
heart in the midst of
Such a difficult concept
to grasp, this idea of peace.
That peace is within,
not without, is a hard one to learn.
Every time we take a vacation
we are seeking peace.
Yet we tend to take the
same problems with us and find no peace
and add yet another burden
of frustration that we didn't find what
we so desperately sought.
Where do we get this idea
that Peace is something from without ?
Ask anyone what makes
for a peaceful place to them
and you will be regaled
with visions of this quiet place, full of wonderful things.
You will hear that peace
is a space where there is no turmoil.
Well if that be the case,
then Peace is an impossibility
As many would agree. I
however don't think that's the case :)
Peace, like Love is an
affair of both the heart and mind
One can have it or or
not, as one chooses. But even in the middle of chaos
one can find peacefulness,
for the simple reason that you make that peace, yourself
No one has to give it
to you. In fact, no one can
give it to you
If you wait for the Lull
in life to find peace, you will wait forever
This takes practice to
do, as we are taught differently
We are told over and
over that " this " = peacefulness
this being in whatever space or place, that spells
nirvana in the current day
Which changes hourly,
so it's an impossible thing to attain
Inner peace however, comes
No man has the power to
upset you, except yourself
No one is able to make
you unpeaceful, save you
This sounds like foolishness,
but it is mere fact
It may be fact that your
life is full of things that
could be distressing,
it is your choice however,
how you feel about them
Let me ask you this..
will it help the matter any
if you get all het up
about it ?
If so, then by all means,
pitch as big a fit as you feel the need for.
This from a champion
fit pitcher ! I was, and occasionally still am
very good at it .. and do you know what ? Not a single moment
of my distress, served
to lessen any problem in front of me ... EVER
In fact, most of the time,
it robbed me of any power I might have had
to really DO anything
about the situation I faced
I wasted all my energy
in distress and used none to solve the problem.
It felt like I had done
something. I had expended all this energy but
in fact I had done
nothing, but make myself miserable
And we do so love our
misery don't we ?
Don't think so ?
Every time we re-hash and relive
a hurt, we allow it to hurt us again
over and over and over..
we hang on to that pain as if it meant something
Now do we have to do this
? NO, yet we do
It's a kind of justification, we are upset because of whatever
and we figure that if we
get upset enough ... it will go away
Rather weird logic going
on there. It's like if we feed steaks to a tiger
long enough, the tiger
will become a vegetarian ?
Sounds rather silly doesn't
it ? Yet we do just this, all the time
Peace is a state of mind,
to where you don't mind, no matter what
We seem to think that
if we don't react to a problem with distress,
we are somehow not aware
of the problem
I've been accused of this
" How can you stand there
and not be upset, don't you care ? ! "
On the contrary, I care
very much, however, that does not mean
I have to run around
in tears and distress myself ... to prove it !
Our very need to "prove" we care deeply is very often what causes
us to "lose our cool
" and be without peace to begin with.
We all have our triggers,
things we "care" about
things that cause us to let
go of our peace, in order to prove we care.
It seems a rather poor
way to show caring if we are impossible to live with
because we are always
It makes more sense to
realize that getting all bent out of shape about it
is not a good way to
show something matters to us
or that it is not going as we would
want it to go
Most martial fights are
due to this, most issues with our children
because we care about
the situation .. when it goes " wrong "
we respond by being upset
... this is supposed to show love ?
Ever notice that something
you don't give a damn about
has no power to upset
you ? Why ? You don't care is why,
it's not important to
Which is why we lose our
peace in the storm of life
because we DO care and
try to prove it by being upset about it.
The more we care, the
more upset we become,
We get passionate about
Now the big question is,
what does this do to your peace ?
Predictably ... ruins
it of course and with peace lost, it also ruins
any chance we might have
had to take care of the problem
and so on and so on, to
We and we alone can break
by understanding a simple
fact ... losing our peacefulness
because something has
gone wrong, merely magnifies the wrong
and makes matters worse
Deep breath, get the
priority right, and stop the reaction
if you can, and you will
know much more peace
and handle life better,
no matter what it throws at you
Peacefulness, that elusive quality