Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. [Baruch Spinoza]
There is much said about peace. In fact, oftentimes, if I will take the time, I have to search inside myself to understand what I mean by peace. By seeking it. I am discovering, little bit by slow bit, that indeed it IS NOT an absence of war or war-related attitudes and practises. It is a way of BEing in this World. It is something to ALWAYS BE seeking. The one thing where less is NOT more…
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life. [Peace Pilgrim]
This is actually one of the deepest truths I know. That as I simplify and release my grip on things and stuff and times past and on the people, places, and things of Then and Now, my peace grows, much like the Grinch’s heart.
And, when I am unwilling to DO this, when I am steadfast in my “rights” to BE miserable or sad or cranky, I know no peace. I know sadness and regret. That is all.
Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves. [Swami Sivanand]