Maintain Inner Peace — Simple? Simple!

My spiritual father has taught me: “do not resent, do not react, maintain inner stillness.” It is that simple. I know it to be true intellectually, but I have yet to have it be what I live unceasingly. It is what I live in my “best moments.” (Emphasis on moments.) It is the difference between knowing something and living something. I believe that is the real definition of wisdom. Wisdom is the way of lived truth in union with God and others. Wisdom is the lifetime journey toward and in this Lived Truth. I am reminded of St. Teresa’s counsel…

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
— St. Teresa of Avila

And so I journey on The Way of The Truth, yearning for the living of that which I already possess, The Life. Lord, have mercy — Grant it, O Lord.

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2 thoughts on “Maintain Inner Peace — Simple? Simple!

  1. Unfortunately I do not see much wisdom in my life journey Father. There are only too large gameplayers shouting at each other through me. If there was any wisdom at all it was in stopping and sitting down to catch my breath. Your spiritual father’s thought appears to be sympathetic with that. It is nice to think about.
    Yet my constant hope is that there really was something wise in it and that it all meant something. I myself cannot see it. Perhaps someone does, and that in plain language. How could I possibly not react? Only by being dead, and that I am not. Thanks for that are due to the people of the church.
    ——–

    Bill Isakson
    Roseburg, Oregon USA
    bill.isakson@gmail.com

  2. Bill,

    Thanks for your comment. The way is simple but not easy. I love the quote attributed to John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

    One way of maintaining of inner stillness is stopping and sitting down to catch our breath. Kind of reestablishing our perspective or bearings in the midst of the journey. There are more.

    Hope and Faith are intertwined. Because we cannot see what we hope for we must trust (have faith) — see Hebrews 11.1. It is the trust/faith that confirms our hope when nothing else seems to indicate that our hope is valid. I cannot see so I must trust and walk forward in spite of what circumstances appear to indicate. For me, the key is holding fast to the criteria of truth — love displayed in Christ Jesus. If I do that then I need not get hooked into reacting based on appearances. (In my best moments.)

    My spiritual father presupposes a distinction between responding faithfully and reacting out of resentment and other motivations. Thus the counsel “do not react.” Here is the link to the printed version of his teaching on this subject. http://www.monasteryofstjohn.org/documents/abbatialessays/Do_not_react.pdf.

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