Is Peace of Mind A Luxury?

Inner peace is a state of mind that is desired by every conscious human in earth. Regardless of your journey, position or challenges, we always want to live life in a constant state of tranquility and harmony within the body, mind, soul and spirit.

It is no secret that the lack of inner peace is usually a falling dominoes of negativity. Nothing tangible of lasting value can be built without inner peace.

I was talking with my brothers yesterday and the discussion led to an interesting topic- the cultivation of inner peace that is impenetrable. My argument was that any living human with consciousness is capable of cultivating an inner bubble of peace. They highly disagreed with me, saying that a stable consciousness is a luxury, hence making inner peace is a luxury.

Nothing tangible of lasting value can be built without inner peace.

My dad joined the conversation explaining how poverty, and hunger can cause instability to alter a person’s consciousness and taint their sense of reasoning. He explained that it is rather difficult for an individual who struggles with sourcing their daily meal to maintain inner peace and their unfortunate circumstance is a hinderance to keeping an impenetrable bubble of serenity. Eventually, we all agreed that we had a lot to be grateful for, they all laughed my mentality and we agreed to disagree.

So the summary of my view is that; consciousness is a free gift that we all have however it is barely enough. A higher consciousness needs to be developed with self awareness to achieve a pure state of inner peace; and a higher consciousness can be developed with daily effort.

One thing I have to agree with is, having a daily bread without suffering for it on a daily basis is definitely a privilege.

And the summary of my dad and brothers’ view is that poverty and circumstances are a major playing factor to the attainment and maintenance of impenetrable inner peace; hence making it a luxury.

One thing I have to agree with is, having a daily bread without suffering for it on a daily basis is definitely a privilege. Not a luxury but a privilege because poverty is abnormal and should never be normalised; every living human deserves a balanced meal. I also agree that an empty stomach and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it can cast a damaging filter on an individual’s outlook on life to make them develop certain attitudes that can hinder the complete attainment of inner peace.

However, where I choose to disagree is on the fact that inner peace is a luxury that is limited to individuals with a stable consciousness and this is my reason- Suffering is inevitable and incomparable. Whether mental, physical or emotional, suffering knows no bounds. Poverty is suffering. Physical sickness is suffering. Mental illness is suffering.

I believe that suffering cannot really be measured as it all varies to an individual’s life experience and struggles so it is unfair to credit one type of suffering to discredit the other. Life in its essence, is suffering so the first step of any type of peace is self awareness.

Suffering is inevitable and incomparable. Whether mental, physical or emotional, suffering knows no bounds.

Because of this, taking the extra step to develop the self awareness and a higher consciousness that is required to detach from daily suffering is the only way to move from being a lost cause into a cultivated bubble of inner peace where growth is. No one is irredeemable. This is why I do not think that inner peace a luxury. I believe that the cultivation of a bubble of tranquility begins with an effort to spirituality rather than an attachment to unfortunate circumstances.

Poverty is suffering. Physical sickness is suffering. Mental illness is suffering

In all honesty, I have not been fully self aware and conscious all my life. I have simply always just gone with the flow, up until I became severely depressed in 2018. Depression made me realise the importance of investing and maintaining inner tranquility. After some self reflection, I realised that I had been mildly depressed for two years (since 2016) before it all blew over with a suicide attempt in 2018; a point which I was practically a lost cause. Now, I am confident with the peace bubble I have built for myself and how impenetrable it is.

I understand the privilege of my position by not having to suffer for my basic needs so it can be easy to say that my views are from a biased position. However, I want to remove myself from this argument and insert millions of people around the world who were born in deep poverty or unfair circumstances but ended up as success stories.

Nicholas James Vujicic is just one example. As he was born with a rare disorder called phocomelia that caused the absence of arm and legs. Today he is a motivational speaker with a beautiful family and a successful career. Another example is George Soros, who survived Nazi persecution and is a multi-billion business tycoon today; and Jan Koum who started out as a lowly immigrant from a poor background and now the owner of WhatsApp.

Can it be argued that their successful growth is in the absence of inner peace and tranquillity? Or is it fair to say their current position is a luxury? None of the people mentioned above have defined themselves by their conditions and experiences. There are so many people that don’t have a lot but are still able to find a bubble of serenity in their lives.

Daily effort is then required to maintain inner peace as an impenetrable bubble after is it attained but none of it is impossible.

Don’t get me wrong, the journey to a pure state of tranquility is not a walk in the park and it’s it not done overnight. But my point is that it is very achievable with a lot of hard-work and it is not particularly a luxury. Daily effort is then required to maintain inner peace as an impenetrable bubble after is it attained but none of it is impossible.

Do you believe that a person’s suffering can be so deep that it makes them irredeemable? Or do you agree that a stable consciousness is impossible to attain with the presence of suffering?

Do you think that inner peace is a luxury or is cultivated? What can you identify as the gateway to develop impenetrable inner peace other than spirituality and daily effort?

I will really appreciate your thoughts and comments on this topic.

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    1. For one, I agree that an impenetrable bubble of inner peace is achievable, how it’s attained now, is a bit of a different question. Indeed, consciousness, self awareness and self discipline are vital steps towards that.

      Do some people have it as a luxury? Somewhat so, again the “consciousness and self awareness” you touched on, is not something I’d say in my experience everyone possesses so it allows some to unknowingly or ignorantly or naively live through the worse but this doesn’t outrightly make it a luxury, they are just fortunate to have numb filters to the travails of life.

      Does your status/welfare situation influence your ability to attain inner peace? Yes and No. First off, for the “No” we all know or have met some of the happiest people whom we were aware at the time were probably uncertain of their next means of survival, and on the contrary I believe a lot of us have also met some quite well to do people who within moments of being in their space we could tell that “Happiness/Inner Peace” lived on a completely different avenue from theirs. There is no doubt, the typical, expected and easily comprehended case (the “Yes”) of people who have been beaten down and torn completely of any hope or any happiness primarily because of their welfare situation, but i think the prior explanation above still stands true.

      Also, if based on the understanding of the place of temperament and personality (which I subscribe to) in how we deal with adversity as human beings, then something like our welfare situation can influence our ability to attain inner peace, assuming a person is predisposed to react mostly negatively to hardship. However, I strongly believe that our greatest strengths lie in overcoming adversity and for the said reason, in overcoming we usually become armed with a profound sense of understanding of life as a whole as well as an increased capacity to withstand negativity, I believe this allows those that fall into this category to experience inner peace irrespective of what may come because of this heightened outlook that was driven by past adversities.

      Speaking of Spirituality and Daily Effort as the means, I find it hard to think there are any other means but rather a need to objectively consider the elements or strips within each means. For Spirituality, reason being that this is the highest form of consciousness when cultivated, so it’s more about what practices (daily meditation?) we imbibe to grow spiritually. Similarly, Daily Effort entails the habits and routines that make up our lives from our rest duration (when we sleep, our sleep duration, when we choose to wake up) to what we choose to eat and every other thing we do while awake, so a mindful formulation of these elements within the two mentioned means’, I feel, is where the real cultivation of Inner peace lies and not necessarily the quest to find other means.

      I hope at least some elements of this outpour resonates with you and yours 🙏

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      1. Millie Didun says:

        Amazing! These are some very valid points. Thank you for this write up, it definitely resonates 😊

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