Deep inside our consciousness is an sanctuary of peace. This is the central part of our soul, but it is not hot, it is cool. Not passive, but a source of inner power to fuel our mind and intellect, so that we can create powerful thoughts and make accurate decisions.

If we can learn to go to this centre, peace will be our companion, positively our partner, and we will be able to chill out in one second, anywhere, anytime. True peace lies within us. We don't have to waste time and effort searching for peace, contentment and joy in the world outside.

Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.- Doris Mortman

Here's a narrative about how peace begins from inside us; it is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on external circumstances nor what we have, but on what we are.

As the story goes, once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there."

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, "How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!"  So he came back and told Buddha, "The water in there is very muddy. I don't think it is fit to drink."

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.-Unknown

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, "See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be ... and the mud settled down on its own and you got clear water... Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don't have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless."

What did Buddha emphasize here? He said that it is effortless having peace of mind; it is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process. When there is peace inside us, that peace permeates to the outside. It spreads around us and in the environment, such that people around start feeling that peace and grace.

From deep within, we radiate our state of being, and the essential, original and eternal state of every being is to be peaceful and loving. But we block and distort this energy with our attachments to something or someone which turn love into fear, peace into anger and then distort our attitudes and actions towards others. This is neither relaxing for ourselves, nor for those around us. Detachment is the secret to living lightly and lovingly.

By Tim Pedrosa

We donít need anything to be happy. Itís not something that comes from outside, it comes from inside, and when we radiate a happy energy we will be amazed what it attracts into our lives. Decide now, be happy, and watch magic begin to enter your life. ~unknown