The INNER PEACE SYNDROME is sweeping nations, worldwide. Insidious and highly contagious, it creeps silently through societies, infecting one heart at a time.
Though no cure has been found, the following preventative measures have been identified: fear, worry, resentment anger, blame, guilt, self pity, attachment to perceptions, people or things, dishonesty with self or others, negative judgements. Regular practice of any of the foregoing has been found to thwart the onset of the inner peace syndrome.
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
* A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
* An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
* A loss of interest in judging other people.
* A loss of interest in judging self.
* A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
* A loss of interest in conflict.
* A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
* Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
* Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
* Frequent attacks of smiling.
* An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
* An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
WARNING: If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.
The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World
by Pierre Pradervand.
Pierre Pradervand describes blessing as genuinely wishing the best for another person through seeing their individual worth and honoring them for it. By looking at several different perspectives -- providing spiritual inspiration from Hinduism, Taoism, the Koran, the Bible, and other important spiritual sources -- The Gentle Art of Blessing explores the potential in shifting one's attitude from confrontation and negativity to acceptance and enthusiasm. A powerfully simple way of perceiving and shaping our surroundings, blessings can reflect the unconditional love and acceptance that is necessary for world -- and inner -- peace.
Saskia Davis, R.N. wrote The Symptoms of Inner Peace in 1983 when serving as the Director of the Northwest Center for Attitudinal Healing which was founded on the principles of Inner Peace. Since then, the piece has taken on a life of its own, traveling far and wide and somehow the author's name often has been dropped. Visit her website at http://www.symptomsofinnerpeace.net/Home.html
Editor's Note: When this was first posted on InnerSelf we were not aware of the source (it was "author unknown"). We have since added the author info and added an intro from Saskia's website and some lines that were missing in the original version that we had online.