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“Symptoms of Inner Peace”

March 29, 2011

photo by D Sander

Sometimes, particularly when life seems full of challenges, we become so focused on what we’ve yet to achieve both in our personal growth and  in our life accomplishments, that we forget to acknowledge or even take the time to consider what already has come to pass by effort or circumstance.

Last week I wrote about the importance of finding a few moments each day for Quiet. I have capitalized the word “Quiet” here because the kind of quiet I’m talking about, and that we are looking for, is more than just the lack of external sound, though that is important, it is a deeper quiet; the kind of quiet that we find when we learn to turn down the volume on our inner noise, on the loud cacophony of self-doubt, recriminations, banter and barter that too often produces a non-stop assault upon our sense of peace and security. What we are really searching for is inner peace.

But would we know what inner peace looks like if we encountered it? Might it already exist but we simply don’t recognize it? The next time you take a few moments to dwell in a “Quiet” place consider the following items. Do you already possess a bit of inner peace?


  • Tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.Loss of interest in judging self.
  • Loss of interest in judging other people.
  • Loss of interest in conflict.Loss of interest in interpreting actions of others.
  • Loss of ability to worry.
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.
  • Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
  • Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen.

Saskia Davis copyright 1984

For more information on the author and the complete copy of “The Symptoms of Inner Peace” visit Symptoms of Inner (A poster can be purchased on the website as well).

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2011 7:38 pm

    It makes you feel calmer just reading it! 🙂

    • March 29, 2011 9:06 pm

      Doesn’t it? Maybe we’re further along the yellow brick road than we think! 🙂

  2. March 30, 2011 1:28 am

    Dorothy, you have once again posted exactly what I needed to read today. This is uncanny! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the gentle reminder of how to hear and experience “inner peace”. I am definitely in need of some today. God bless you!

    • March 30, 2011 1:58 pm

      Thank you friend for your words Diane. I always look forward to your comments and it makes me happy to know that what I write makes a difference to you. I have the list printed and posted on the bulletin board by my desk because I need the reminder as well, regularly! 🙂 DS

  3. Redrose permalink
    March 30, 2011 12:54 pm

    I read this article and had to smile. Most of the inner work I’ve been doing to lose my negativity has paid off because the tips you provide above are ‘works in serious, life changing, progress’ and not on the ‘to do or die list’ of impossible goals.

    I work on it everyday, actually every moment that I am alone, which is quite often actually, as I live alone in a new town without much support or social interaction.

    Without family or friend support, martial obligations nor connections at work-I take my solace from the infrequent chats with my customers. The biggest goal is to find love for myself and not look back and have regret.

    Work in progress…Ameen

    • March 30, 2011 1:55 pm

      …and isn’t it an incredible journey?! Would love to hear more about yours. DS

    • March 30, 2011 3:34 pm

      “The biggest goal is to find love for myself and not look back and have regret.”

      Best to you as you journey, Ameen. I, too, work alone and it can be tough to stay positive all the time. I love your quote about not looking back with regret. This is a very worthy goal. Thank you for sharing this! ^_^

      • Redrose permalink
        March 31, 2011 2:03 am

        When I begin my day, I have daily reminders (as books, note cards EFT) that I read in my prayer space reminding me to be positive and build a peaceful character.

        Some days are better than others but one thing is for sure, I haven’t been able to give, even though I’ve desired it all to be clearer faster or to have no spaces for lack of faith.

        “Take the 1st step in faith. you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just the 1st step” MLK Jr.

  4. March 30, 2011 8:30 pm

    Thanks for this. I have seen this before, but not in awhile. And the timing is perfect!

    • March 30, 2011 10:25 pm

      I’m glad you stopped by Kathy. I’ve been wanting to read your book so your visit was a good reminder for me! DS

  5. Redrose permalink
    March 31, 2011 2:04 am

    I haven’t been able to give UP-sorry I didn’t proof read correctly.

  6. March 31, 2011 1:20 pm

    Redrose: thanking you for that lovely description of how you start your day. And your honesty…..xoxoxo

  7. Sophie Lumen permalink
    April 28, 2011 4:33 pm

    Beautiful-thank you Dorothy

  8. May 1, 2011 8:17 pm

    A wonderful perspective for a happier and more meaningful life, the article is great. It reminds me of how important it is to take the time to find peace and happiness that really is within our reach if only we take the time and energy to persue it

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