There is no way to inner peace; inner peace is the way
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
-A. J. Muste
There is no way to inner peace; inner peace is the way.
When we are alive, we are doing something in every moment. Even when the body is still, the mind is usually up to something- thinking, daydreaming, planning, etc. Because the mind is designed to learn and to solve problems, the mind is always absorbing lessons and creating meanings from our experience. The mind is always learning something whether we are conscious of it or not.
If we practice playing the piano, we get better at the piano. If we practice cooking, we get better at cooking. If we practice lifting weights, we get better at lifting weights. Whatever we do, we learn at some level.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, our interior mental states work the same way. Our mind gets better at whatever it does. If a mind spends a lot of time doing something like worrying, it gets better and better at worrying. If we unconsciously practice depression, we unconsciously get better at depression. When we consciously practice inner peace, we will notice that we get better at inner peace.
To practice inner peace we have to consciously do it now. Inner peace is never found later, it is only experienced now. It is not something you have to earn through strenuous effort or through emotional upheaval, it is a natural state that you can experience when the awareness resides in the present moment.
Just relax, breathe, and be in this moment. Repeat. Again and again.