peace can never be found in an agitated mind

words & photo by Brian Thompson.

peace can never be found in an agitated mind.

our happiness and well-being comes through the quality of our mind and through the nature of all the things we do. it doesn’t just magically appear while we sit around and gossip and complain, while we crave for something more than what we already have, or in doing absolutely nothing at all. it doesn’t arrive while we abuse ourselves or others, nor is it found through endless searching and wanting for things to be different.

our happiness comes through immersing ourselves in the serenity of the present moment, unbound by worry or compulsive thoughts.

our happiness comes through being mindful, centered and calm. it comes through being non-reactive to whatever the moment presents us with.

our happiness comes through the ongoing process of all our actions; ones made with good intent, gratitude, loving-kindness, and compassion.

our happiness comes through the act of striving to achieve, not in the achievement itself. it comes in making a positive difference, and through creating things of beauty we share with the rest of the world.

our happiness comes through being eternally curious and grateful in — and for — each unfolding and blossoming moment.

our happiness is here and now — at all times — always waiting for us to awaken to the serenity within its ever-present awareness.

tame your mind and happiness will follow.

each moment is a gift whose beauty can only be appreciated in a quiet and still mind.