“…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” – Philippians 4:11
True, lasting peace of mind comes from seeing the Divine in everything at every moment…from no money to more money, popular or despised, loved or hated, fearful or full of faith. It’s not necessarily the things themselves (money, relationships, etc.) that we strive for, but the feeling of contentment we believe these things bring us. Well, things change, but the Divine does not, which is why we are advised to “seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting or having things. We’re human and ‘things’ happen. But, things have their place…and that shouldn’t be first place. Besides, it’s not really the thing that you want, but the feeling you get from having the thing. The thing is only what is based on the meaning you give it. So, really, the thing itself is nothing and not really necessary unless you think it is. The thought is what gives the thing meaning to you. The thought is what gives it life. It’s true…it really IS the thought that counts.
I said all of that to say this….learn to look within yourSELF for joy, peace, contentment, and happiness because that’s where they can be found. And when I say “yourSELF” I don’t mean you and you alone or your personality. I mean “yourSELF” as in the SELF which includes The Divine and all of creation. Learn to be content in every experience of Life, for it is in every breath, every touch, every sight, every taste, every sound, and more importantly, every thought, that you will have found the true kingdom of God. It is in the Mind that you will find true contentment and peace with mankind.