R.I.P. - Rest in Peace is what we say when a person is no more. Does that conversely mean that while we are alive, we cannot be in/at peace? I think the answer to this question will depend upon your interpretation of the word "peace".
Does peace mean total inactivity, mental and physical, with no involvement with the world, to you! Then for sure, peace can only be attained when one leaves this world.
To me peace is a feeling of satisfaction, contentment and fulfillment. Let me justify my interpretation. I have heard my father say he is at peace, when a conference chaired by him has concluded successfully, with great applause. Parents of a daughter especially feel at peace when she is happily married off. Students remark that they will only be at peace after their Maths (or any dreaded subject) exam is over. A lawyer feels at peace when he wins a case for his client, just like a doctor feels the same when he completes a surgery successfully.
The examples are endless. All these denote a task well accomplished and not inactivity. One doesn't have to shift to the Himalayas or the banks of river Ganges to feel at peace. It is essentially a state of mind. Although one would agree that in today's chaotic world, it is hard to attain or maintain peace, yet we should use our best endeavors in this matter- simply, because it is worth it.
I am writing this article on a flight from Delhi to Dubai after a chaotic trip. Yet I am at peace. I met all the people who matter to me, spent time with all my loved ones and basically did all the things that made me happy. So in spite of the frenzy of activity, I am peaceful and content (not to forget grateful).
With the mushrooming of so many good living courses, it is clear that the world is searching hard for peace and goodness. One common characteristic of these courses is that they all psyche us to switch off the stress button and switch on the peace button. What does that mean? It means that both the buttons are already there in our mind. It is up to us which button we turn on.
The yoga master makes us lie down in shavasana and tells us to blank our mind. Initially, it is very difficult because thoughts run through our mind. Then slowly, we learn to blank our mind, with the frequency of thoughts lessening. All this just goes to prove that we can be in a busy cosmopolitan city, with traffic buzzing outside and yet practice techniques of silencing our mind and obtaining peace. Peace is like a gem that needs to be polished to shine. Peace is already there inside our mind; we just need to silence the demons.
I would urge the people who often say "I am so tired" or "I am so stressed" or "I am so worried" - to please stop saying these words. We trigger of these emotions inadvertently. Ironically, the same people believe in the Law of Attraction and the principle of "like attracts like". One should worry and take stress, if any good came out of it. If it has to happen, it will and if it is not meant to be, it won't and you would have worried and stressed in vain. Caution is a good thing but not worry, and one should not confuse the two.
As the year comes to a close soon, let's switch off the stress button and switch on the button of peace and goodness. It is said that everything begins from a thought. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard them.
Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year..!!!