What Is Inner Peace? – Dialectic Two Step

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What Is Inner Peace?

Actually, I don’t ever get this question. It almost seems worthy of a sarcastic response. I can see someone responding by closing their eyes, making the OK Mudra and chanting Om with a little smirk on their face. The phrase Inner Peace has morphed into cliché.

But, I’ll come to its defense, albeit halfheartedly, to salvage the usefulness of the idea. It’s actually direct and to the point. Peace that comes from the inside.

Explanations are cumbersome, so I’ll offer a quick demonstration.

Place your hand on your chest. Feel the connection of your hand with your heart. Take a few deep breaths expanding into your hand. With each breath feel a sense of calm and subtle joy fill you. With each breath allow yourself to open and relax further and further. Continue for 10, 20, or 30 breaths. However many you would like.

Except for a few directions from me, that I improvised as a way for you look inward, the feeling and peace you hopefully experienced came from inside. Inner peace. Not such a platitude after all?

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