Jeff Foster: Rest in peace

 

If your peace can be disturbed, it is not the kind of peace you truly long for. If it can be disturbed, it is just a second-hand image of peace, and not the real thing.

We say, “I was so peaceful, and then a wave of fear (or anger, or pain, or sadness…) came along and destroyed my peace!”

But is that really true? Can you ‘have’ peace and then ‘lose’ it? Can peace really be destroyed?

Really it’s the other way round, isn’t it? Fear didn’t destroy your peace, you destroyed fear’s peace. You denied fear’s right to peace by not allowing that energy to move freely in you.

Even fear just wants to come to rest, to express itself fully and come to rest, but we’re so busy trying to get rid of it, escape it, or numb ourselves to it – basically we’re trying to ‘do’ something with it, and this ‘doing’ is actually the end of our peace, not a path towards it.

Stop destroying fear’s peace and let it rest, poor thing – it is suffering from an ancient tiredness, having been wandering in the wilderness for billions of years. It just wants somewhere to lay its head.

Will you give fear the rest it longs for? Will you give fear a home? Will you let all of these poor orphan waves in life’s vast ocean – fear, sadness, anger, doubt, confusion – rest in peace, the peace that you are?

Being what you are – that’s a peace that cannot be destroyed.

A wonderful example from Jeff Foster of the insight that can come from turnarounds.

Fear destroyed my peace –> I destroyed fear’s peace.

How is it to live that turnaround? How is it to bring it into my daily life?

How is it to give this fear it’s peace? To allow it it’s life?

Can I give this hopelessness it’s peace? Can I allow it it’s life?

What happens if I give this anger it’s peace, allow it it’s life?

Is it true I cannot give this grief it’s peace, allow it its’ life?

Is it true this pain isn’t already in peace? Is it true it isn’t already allowed it’s life?

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