Krishna Das explains that simple peace of mind is often underrated in our culture and that thinking about peace is not the same thing as being peaceful. We seek enlightenment or bliss, not realizing that a calm and present mind is equally profound. Peace of mind is the middle ground from which we can choose what we want to hold in our thoughts. We have to allow it to arise from within through practice. How we live today is how we will live tomorrow, and our practice gives us the strength to let go of what is no longer serving us.
“Peace of mind is a very powerful quality. You can’t manufacture it. . . But you can’t think your way into that. One has to allow it to rise from within, by doing practice.”
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