Why We Lose Inner Peace
And doubt kills love.
Doubt makes us more critical, and we lose inner confidence, joy and…compassion. It is an imbalance of emptiness and cognisance – pure awareness – that affects our natural view of loving kindness.
Our natural view is “unstained by faults”. We (habitual, cluttered mind :D) keep worrying about this and that, expecting things to always be ‘right’. Well, karma will destroy those expectations as there is always something cropping up. Fix one problem, and there is another waiting to coming along: we just have to be prepared.
It is all down to the quality and quantity of meditation, our capacity, our charged batteries. We can check our meditation quality by reviewing our reactions and what we are holding on to throughout the day (which can also affect the quality of our sleep). Even though we may have acquired all knowledge*, we may lack genuine relaxation of body and mind, and so lack love.
When we doubt, we think that wisdom is over there somewhere, for others but not for us. This is a huge mistake. Confidence and joy are the ground of our being. Doubt is created by the conflict we have with the trappings of others – the false projections and sentimentality – and by mixing with people who fall into extremes of coarseness or religiousness.
As our capacity grows, so does love.
Never doubt your heart or that of others.
Doubt is the prison guard in our mind, and in the mind of others.
Understanding love is the key:
you don’t have to be Buddhist to love!
* Corinthians 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profit me nothing.
Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,
Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love: these three, but the greatest of these is love.