What is Inner Peace?
Inner peace is self-acceptance.
The path taken to find inner peace is as hard or simple as a person makes the journey of self-acceptance to be.
Inner Peace can be as simple as letting go and resting under the shade of an old tree. Likewise, it can be as hard as endlessly proving oneself to every other person you encounter.
A Taoist will embrace inner peace by always taking a moment to be present in their life.
I received this question the other day:
I have no idea how to go about resolving the constant questions that go through my head! Asking these questions just makes my life miserable as it always leads to no answers over and over again.
I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel all I see is more questions! Is it possible for people like me to find inner peace?
Everyone can find inner peace. The path is through acceptance. However, countless paths for finding acceptance exist. Some seekers take a longer path than others as they work out to resolve personal inner conflicts within their life.
So the answer requires two parts.
- It first is essential to understand the nature of questions.
- Then we will teach how Taoism helps a person find acceptance.
How to Stop Questioning Yourself
Countless practices and systems of belief exist to help people find answers. The challenge is finding a practice or system that matches to your nature.
For example, Zen practice teaches a person just to keep asking questions and then more questions until the mind says enough is enough and the mind just let’s go. Of course Zen then takes this a step further, and you ask a few more questions just to be sure your mind has learned to be empty of questions.
In Taoism, you learn everything is relative. Most answers are not worth chasing. So you let go of the questions to skip straight into acceptance.
In fact, Taoism takes this a step further to teach many questions don’t have a “larger” answer at all, that in fact the only answer possible is that you “yourself” are the answer. In other words, a Taoist reaches the point of acceptance where you, “as you are” literally becomes the answer for a majority of the questions you face…
In Taoism, questions fall into two categories: Outer Truth and Inner Truth. Questions that fall in the zone of Outer truth are questions that could be considered universal. For example: What is Red? Red is a color, pretty clear cut right? Nope.
Since many questions end up being relative:
For instance, What is Red? Well depending on how you perceive the world, Red can mean something different. So to someone who is color blind, their RED may not be the same as your RED.
So questions which are dependent on your nature fall into the category of Inner Truth.
Even more confusing: questions could have different answers depending on if you are trying to answer relative to an Outer Truth or Inner Truth such as the “What is Red?” question illustrates. So when considering this: it isn’t hard for a person to get stuck in endless loops chasing questions and semantics. A Taoist knows that answers are infinite. A person can easily spend an entire lifetime chasing answers.
A problem is many people try to force questions which are Inner Truth in nature as if they were only Outer Truth based issues.
Pushing answers is the root reason for religions causing so many problems: trying to force a personal answer as a universal truth upon others. A perfect example was the question I answered the other day about Taoism’s View on Homosexuality.
So back to the question about finding inner peace.
Taoism teaches this:
Inner Peace can be discovered when understanding many questions are asking about Inner Truth.
Inner Peace is a matter of accepting your life as an answer towards questions of Inner Truth.
How Taoism helps a person discover acceptance
- The past is just, the past, long gone and passed on by.
- The future is not here yet!
- Taoism teaches you are here now, firmly at the moment: dancing from moment to moment. By embracing the ride of now, a person quickly learns: to let go of false attachments to past pains, learns building a future is just a way of deceiving oneself away from now. In this process of embracing life now, a person can let go enough to have a chance to see themselves truly by being present in their life.
If you are too busy holding on to the past or chasing the future:
it’s hard to take the time to see yourself then clearly now.
A strange thing happens at this point… A person discovers all the internal fractures once considered to be flaws and weaknesses, are beautiful. That in the light of living now, all aspects of our life makes us what we are, and that is wonderful. In living now, all futures are possible: opening up new “Possibilities” of 10,000 dreams where each one is valid… and it’s fun to play about, to flow as life weaves together into something unexpected. Because it’s always possible to accept who you are now. Inner Peace opens up as a person releases into their nature.
- Is it an easy path to let go of the past? No! Since being able to remember the past always gives strength to avoid issues.
- Is it an easy path to stop holding onto the future? No! Since it’s by planning and slowly building a good plan that humans have built so many marvelous wonders.
- Is it easy to accept oneself? No! Not when so much strength can be gained through a community: and in turn, we are taught to base personal acceptance upon other viewpoints over our values. Initially, as a Taoist, you learn to let go of everything to see oneself clearly and to embrace oneself as is. In time acceptance comes at the point of relaxing into oneself. Later in this process, a Taoist mixes all aspects of themselves, to truly live as oneself, this means being fully human. In harmony with the past and future to now.
Living with a Taoist outlook doesn’t mean to stop being yourself.
- It simply means not to hold former shapes of the past.
- It simply means to stop limiting yourself to expectations for the future.
- It simply means to accept yourself now, honestly upon your terms.
To take all the whimsy, experiences and your nature to where ever it might lead. So for myself, the goal is just to enjoy, discover and swirl in wonder. Along the way to move gracefully while giving a helping hand as we can.
This Taoist approach keeps everything simple and honest. The most beautiful part is being present now, where acceptance is in each moment as it happens.
One step at a time.
Having no illusions: since the dance of life comes both with hard days and easier times. The Taoist just takes it as it comes. One moment, one step, one breath at a time.
Welcome to the Taoist’s path to inner peace.
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