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Peace in the Mind is Peace Everywhere

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.

Peace is a state or condition in which there is absence of aggression, anger, violence and hostility. It is a state or condition in which our mind, body and soul is at rest. It is an experience of being calm and cool from within. Peace is a condition of harmony, establishing mutual and cordial relationship from within and with others too.

If a person has peace in mind, his thinking power and imagination skill increases. There is rise in his resolution skills and he will opt for a superb judgement.

As per Maslow theory of Motivation, Human needs are categorised in 5 levels: Basic or physiological needs, Safety needs, Love and belongingness needs, Self Esteem Needs and lastly Self Actualization Needs. An Individual is surrounded by all these needs in order to fulfill it and In doing so he loses and forgets his peace of mind. He forgets his real action. He forgets to take proper care of his own body, his health and above all meditate.

Worst form against peace is frustration, stress and tension which provides for the evolution of disaster in the society. Now a days, Terrorism is a common term which is known to everybody. Terrorism is also a danger and disastrous form due to lack of peace of mind.

Here goes a story which I heard from my father in Childhood:

There was a king who announced a prize to that artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful standing mountains all around it. Above it was a blue sky with white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning occurred. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest-in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?

Because, explained the king.