PEACE: Where are you?

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According to the ubiquitous wikipedia ‘Inner peace refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with, happiness and contentment‘. Many spiritual practitioners and mental health professionals would agree, however, do we know how this desirable, mystical state arises, or where it come from? Why does it disappear so easily, and when it does how do we find it again?

Many great teachers of time honoured spiritual traditions have spent their whole lives mastering the stable state of consciousness required to maintain equanimity under any circumstances. There are numerous proven techniques which can bring the dedicated practitioner to this attainment, and whole cultures dedicated to ensuring continuity of practice and access to the state of inner peace. Most of us live outside of such conducive circumstances, the world in which we find ourselves is often confusing or distressing, we are pressured by circumstances, by social expectations, by responsibilities and by the choices we make. Because we perceive a limited range of choices, we can become stressed, anxious, and exhausted. Often we attempt to find a bit of peace for ourselves in mind numbing activities or substances. Remaining functional appears to be the best we can hope for, true happiness and inner peace seem like a fantasy in today’s fast paced world.

What can we do to help ourselves access the state known as inner peace?

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Excerpts from “Puzzling People”

“the labyrinth of the psychopath” by Thomas Sheridan

A psychopath can be someone as basic as a slacker-type wastrel who looks for an easy life living off someone else’s labours – usually an elderly relative, or a mind-controlled spouse or partner. They may not have an interest in taking anyone’s money directly, per se – it is the power they feel from controlling the perceptions of others that remains the sum total of their parasitic ambitions.

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Once they have a free roof over their heads, food in the refrigerator, heating in winter, and – more importantly – are not expected to do anything to contribute toward the mortgage and utility bills, then they are content with this arrangement. If the enabler becomes ill and cannot take care of the psychopath any longer, the psychopathic parasite simply finds another host to take over this role. … The key thing all psychopaths have in common is power over the perception of others.

A psychopath sees empathy as a flaw and compassion as a weakness – flaws and weaknesses they then attempt to exploit for their own purposes.

… all psychopaths are always, constantly bored.

Psychopaths feed on the emotions of others.

They cannot and will not perform any kind of self-observation because they have no sense of self beyond the reactions they evoke in others.

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We are not amused – or are we?

 

Life. What does that entail? Getting out of bed in the morning (groan!) and preparing to do something we would rather not be doing, most days of our lives? Looking in the mirror and not seeing the person on TV that we expect ourselves to look like? Going about our routines mechanically, as if we were robots designed to do the same thing day after day?

With so much to do, and so little time for fun in our lives, we can fail to see the humour in the many strange situations that happen to us and our loved ones. Just the simple fact that we expect ourselves to be something or someone we are not is funny in itself when you stop and think about it! If I am not a morning person, and I think I have to get up every day and be glad about it, I will fail every time! Perhaps if I just accepted the fact that I will be grumpy about it, I could start taking myself a little less seriously, and see the humour in my “grumpy bear” act, I could even begin to ham it up for the people around me, and create some humour for them too.

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seeing

it is like an organism

there are myriad roles available

the best fitness will be the selection criteria

each one manifests its potential as that which it is

and is included in the whole for what it is

as it is

the challenge is to see the whole

so as the fit of the part can be matched by self selection