Although simple, peace is a highly evolved state of consciousness. It cannot live side-by-side with the ego. We choose one or the other. Peace is the predominant quality of spiritual advancement. The unassuming quality of peace wins the day when it comes to the soul’s progression. To choose peace means that we give up the rantings and ravings, demands and hurts, wants and cravings of the personal mind. The personal self feeds off injustices, imagined injustices, complaining, conflict, excitement, drama, and all the goings-on of normal human life. At some point, when we have suffered enough or have enough wisdom, we tire of the whole thing. We sincerely prefer peace.
To choose peace means an inner commitment to humility. We let that which governs life take control of our life. It can be like falling off a cliff, not knowing if someone or something will be there to catch us. We just keep going, over the cliff, with all the faith that we can muster. We can also have faith in the many enlightened teachers who have lovingly led the way and gone before us. Low and behold, something does catch us and there grows within us the quiet, life-giving power of peace. It touches every part of our life and reminds us that we belong to Eternity.
Life is naturally going to have ups and downs, comings and goings, pleasures and hardships, joy and pain. Let us be kind to ourselves, understanding that we are here to learn. And let us be kind to others, knowing that peace is the ultimate prize of life and nothing is worth more. Simply to side with peace is to disempower the ego’s hold. In so doing, the natural, beautiful, and healing rhythms of life have a chance to start singing their sweet song in our listening ear.
From The Love of Devotion