Seeking Inner Peace and Abundance
If you're seeking inner peace, I'd like to touch on an idea here that expands on the other inner peace pages within my site.
Be careful here. Your ego is the part of you that is always insisting on striving for more. It's the part of you that tells you how important it is to gather up as many material possessions as possible so you can compare yourself favorably to others.
But if it's spiritual abundance you seek, this way of life will lead only to frustration as you never feel finished in your quest for more.
Happiness, contentment and abundance will seem far away for you.
To illustrate a mindset more geared toward inner peace, let me offer you a few words from Peace Pilgrim in her book, "Steps Toward Inner Peace: Harmonious Principles for Human Living":
If your life is in harmony with your part in the Life Pattern, and if you are obedient to the laws which govern this universe, then your life is full and good but not overcrowded.
If it is overcrowded, you are doing more than is right for you to do, more than is your job to do in the total scheme of things."
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You see, finding inner peace isn't about constantly "doing your best" with an attitude of constant achievement. I challenge you to try and live your life in such a way that you listen carefully to your inner voice.
Be aware of what is truly important to you. Stop doing things solely for the purpose of "measuring up" to others. Start doing the things that fill your spiritual self - as Peace Pilgrim said - find that calmness and serenity.
Remember that a major factor in seeking inner peace is to avoid an overcrowded life. Keep your life simple. Have an introspective spirit rather than that ego-driven "strive-for-more" attitude.
Let me leave you with this thought - If true inner happiness and abundance was really dependent on the gathering of material things, why didn't that big screen TV fill you with an inner calm, taking away your incessant desiring of the next possession?
What about that new car? Why didn't that stop your quest for more? What about that new outfit you're wearing? Or that video game, or that... you get the idea, right?
Yes, all those things are great and I love many of our modern conveniences and pleasures that my money can buy, just as you do. But I've come to realize in my own journey of seeking inner peace that those things are not the real prizes.
The real prize is that calm, quiet place I've found inside myself that lets me know that no matter what is happening in my life, I'm much more than any of my problems or possessions. I'm eternal.
And so are you.
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