Without Desire; All Things Are At Peace
"When there is no desire, all things are at peace."
If we are honest, all of us are looking for a greater peace during these times of perpetual unease, violence and uncertainty that we are living through. We tend to still believe however that, if we just fulfill the desires that we have, we will find the peace that our hearts long for. And yet, we might notice how, when we finally achieve the fulfillment of one desire, it's not long before another one takes its place. We could say that the mind (the voice in our head) is one big desire machine; it tells us that, if we lack something, all we have to do is go and get it (and the more we have of it, the better it will be!). Whether it's a new car, a new relationship, the house we live in, the job we have, the money in our bank account, the way our bodies look; we tell ourselves that none of it is satisfactory the way it is. We believe that; only in attaining the endless desires of the mind can we possibly rest in the fulfillment that seems to allude us.
Yet, no matter how many desires we fulfill, there is still no peace.
The opposite of this constant state of desire is contentment; the total contentment with everything exactly as it is. You might ask yourself right now; 'Am I content with myself, and my life, as it is'? Is there a total resting with the Truth that, we already have everything we need to be at peace, right here and right now? In fact, can we see that there's no other place where we are going to find it? This contentment is a clear seeing that, there is not a desire that we can fulfill that will give us the peace that we long for - in fact - only in letting go of these desires can we relax enough to feel the state of peace and contentment that already exists within us; as us.
It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention to what is unfolding in the outer world, that no matter how many desires we obtain, they will not give us the sense of fulfillment or security that we long for. As we wake up to the fact that there is no amount of fulfilled desires that is going to give us the sense of control we long for; we give ourselves the opportunity to let go of this illusion and thereby find that peace in the flow of the Tao (the Universal Intelligence that's actually doing everything). Through regular meditation we can easily enter this flow, and feel the security and contentment that we know is possible. When we wake up to the Truth that desires are a bottomless pit that only lead to more desires, we can begin to focus our attention on the space where we can actually find the peace we are looking for; within the very heart of who we are.