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Inner Peace

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I'm searching for different forms of achieving inner peace. I figured, what the hell? I'll post what I learn here, too. Get some feedback, maybe? *shrug* I dunno.

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_peace]Wikipedia[/ame] lists the follow words as synonyms for the elusive inner peace:

Enlightenment

Meaning of Life

Nirvana

Inner Light

Gelassenheit

Salaam

Self-actualization

Shalom

Ataraxia

Upekkha

I'm going to look up the cultures, religions and mind sets that created each of these words and try to determine how people across the world are seeking their own form of inner peace.

(As a side note, I know this list is bullshit because "Shalom" and "Salaam" are Hebrew and Arabic literal translations for the word "peace," but we all gotta start somewhere, right?)


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Just because the words shalom and salaam are older translations of an english word, that does not mean they are identical to the modern concept of peace.

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I know. They just have a more common place connotation to me. Buddhists don't say Nirvana in greeting of one another, for example. I'm still going to look into them, though, and see what I find.

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Actually -שלמ (Hebrew) has several meanings in the original Hebrew. The most appealing one to me is the concept of "perfection" - it does NOT mean "peace״ although that is its usual English translation.

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"Inner peace" IMHO, is an individual, ever changing construct that may be achieved by attempts to resolve and/or answer the eternal great questions of life by whatever means that work for the individual.

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