25 February 2009

Inner Peace

Have you noticed that each of my blogs links with the theme of inner peace?


Continual Journeys is about being at one with the world as we discover that many of the beliefs we have about the ideas and behaviours that separate people are merely illusions.

Ancestors Within takes the topic of past, present and future and blends these ideas into a unified experience of timelessness.

By Any Other Name shows that concerns about identity can either enslave us or free us, depending on what we understand about ourselves and each other at any given moment.


Quieter Living, this blog, has so far been mainly about:

Perceived external threats to my own inner peace;

Lack of control over particular aspects of the environment and society in which I live;

The misconceptions I have observed in people's attitudes towards power and powerlessness, and

How I have attempted to maintain inner peace while the mass media keeps telling me the world is in crisis.

Control

Inner peace/peace of mind is about having control of our own inner resources. Having some understanding of how we can control our external resources can help, too. This can be achieved not only by living within our means but also by living within our meaning of life.


Purpose

Do you strive for a lifestyle or enjoy a life purpose? The problems in the world economy may be partly due to the emphasis given to style rather than substance in many consumers' habits.


Awareness

While the human and animal suffering caused by bushfires in Australia and elsewhere in the world is tragic, we should not lose sight of the fact that homelessness and squalor are prevalent everywhere.

Over 100,000 people in Australia are homeless each night.


Testosterone, adrenaline, endorphins and ego

As I am not an endocrinologist, I am not sure if hormones play a role in social problems. If you know something about the topic, please enlighten me.

Do you know if there is a biochemical basis to bullying, megalomania, dictatorial behaviour, predatory behaviour, narcissism, tyranny, greed, arrogance and/or ostentatiousness?

Can biology account, in part, for why some people connive to live in palatial splendour regardless of the misery their scheming might inflict on others?


Comfort without guilt

How can we still maintain inner peace, without feeling guilty, when our own way of life and standard of living may already be far more comfortable than that of many other people?

Do simple pleasures sometimes make you feel guilty or are you the sort of person who thinks that extravagance is a right not a privilege?


Simplicity

Perhaps simplicity is the key to inner peace. Would you agree? Why is it important to enjoy simple comforts without feeling guilty?

What does living simply mean to you?



1 comment:

  1. The ABC television science programme in Australia called Catalyst has just featured (26 March 2009) the work of Dr John Coats of Cambridge University. It looked at how testosterone and cortisol affect behaviour, especially in the financial sector. The topic is described as behavioural economics.

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