I very much doubt if many here know will know what peace is. The pain is still too deep to even think about it. But that doesn’t stop it being there.
I like to feel our loved ones have found it. All earthly cares have dropped away and peace has come at last. ‘The Peace that passes all understanding’. That’s right! I doubt we can find that peace while we live. Maybe some have. Some of the so called Saints seem to have had that experience. Brother Lawrence, in ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’ found that peace washing up at the sink in his monastery. This was way back in the middle ages.
From what I have heard and tried to understand it’s more like the realisation that everything is in it’s place. As it should be; yes even bereavement has it’s place in existence.
Julian of Norwich, a medieval nun said ‘All is well, everything is well, all manner of things are well’.
Now to you who read this it may seem obvious that all things are not well with you. But I believe what they are saying is that whatever happens is meant to be and is all part of what we call ‘life’. Hardship, pain, setbacks all come to us because we are alive and human. Is it part of a learning process?
I’m sorry to wax all philosophical, but I am trying, in my own mind, to understand what’s happening and why.
Having said that is there an answer? Perhaps it’s all unanswerable.
Peace has to be the absence of all worry and fear. My wife used to meditate and say that she found peace there and after. She was a very peaceful person.
I believe there is something in us all, call it Soul, Spirit what you will, that is beyond our present understanding. We are in the dark so to speak, but sometimes, and more often of late, I get glimpses of that elusive light. Is that where peace lies?
You may feel it’s all nonsense and that I am not feeling the pain we all feel. Don’t you believe it.
I am realising that orthodox religion gives me no answers. But I am beginning to understand that there is so much we don’t know. Being earthly beings we only see things in black and white. Happiness is happiness, and pain is pain, but there are so many more facets between these two extreme emotions.
Just as our eyes are not capable of seeing beyond only a small part of the spectrum of colour, so our brains can’t comprehend fully what goes on in so called death.
We will know eventually for sure.
Our perception is so limited yet we often think we have the answers. I prefer to wonder; to not know yet because it may be too much for me to cope with.
Blessings to all.
But what is it? It’s a bit like trying to define love.