Peace of Advent

This week of Advent is about Peace. Peace is more than freedom from strife. It is a positive assurance that only good is true. When we are peaceful within, external events rarely disturb that “calm peace of our soul.”

Although we may think it is true, withdrawing from the physical or emotional world does not seem to be a wise person’s path to eternal Peace. We are placed in the world to deal with it, not escape it; to integrate ourselves with it, not separate into a fragment apart from it; and to find a way to be of benefit and service to the world, not to shun it or harden ourselves to it. Yet it seems unavoidable to find Peace in our hearts while world events stir up both positive and negative feelings.

It seems the only time we feel at Peace is when we think we have things under control. Unfortunately, that control is an illusion, and when reality sets in we find ourselves again lacking in inner Peace.

Quote of the Week

“The wise person looks within his heart and finds eternal peace.”

Hindu proverb

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