The Meaning of Peace
I was speaking with a friend the other day and throughout our conversation, I noticed he was very tired. He couldn’t seem to stop yawning. When I asked him if he needed to get some sleep he answered, “The weird thing is, I slept last night more than I have all week!”
It reminded me of people who come back from a great vacation and say, “It was so much fun, but I’m exhausted! I need a vacation from my vacation.”
The great kabbalists taught that to receive great Light, we must achieve a great inner peace – or, rest. But the true meaning of rest that the kabbalists speak of is something much more than just physical rest and comfort. On the contrary, this inner peace is achieved by overcoming our body’s desire to avoid discomfort.
A body in motion wants to stay in motion. A body at rest seeks more rest. When we train ourselves to be more and more in movement, in sharing mode, out of our comfort zone and going the extra mile, we actually find it easier to keep going and doing more!
We will never find peace – real rest – by living life as if on vacation.
Ironically, we can chase after physical rest all our lives and never feel any more relaxed or less stressed.
It’s a paradox that you can’t really know until you try it, but peace is found when we continuously push ourselves to do more.
Expanding our tolerance for discomfort is expanding our capacity for inner peace.
72 Name of the Week
I am throwing away my doubts, pessimism and limited nature. I want to see beyond the illusions!
I am listening to my soul and dropping my ego, making way for real fulfillment. I possess the powers of mind over matter, and I will use them by letting go of the limited thinking of the rational mind.
By putting the spiritual above the physical, everything is possible
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