Monday, May 23, 2016

Some Thoughts On Inner Peace

The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear, and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.”
-The Dalai Lama
I’m sure all of you have looked at the people in your life, whether they are part of your family, or people you work with every day.  Some of them are happy all the time with whatever life gives them and others seem to be unhappy all the time with everything.  You can’t be happy if you walk around mad all the time.  You can’t be happy if you expect everything to always be your way.  You can’t be happy if you are never satisfied and your entire life is spent trying to acquire more material things.  A new house and a fancy car will not necessarily make you any happier.  Some of the happiest people in the world are poor.  You can’t be happy if you are always afraid.  You can’t be happy if you think everyone and everything around you is part of a conspiracy to make your life miserable.  Look closely at the people in your life who seem to be the most happy.  What are some of their characteristics?  I bet they are generally good natured.  I bet they are giving people who care about others besides themselves.  I bet they are peaceful people who are not always raising hell with everyone around them.  I bet they are compassionate people.  It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and caring.            

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