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?