Will withdrawing from life and its disturbances bring me peace?

Deepak Chopra
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
One looks around and notices many spiritually sincere people whodon't look happy. In some cases their depression is self-inflicted; they feel that God condemns desire, therefore they punishthemselves for having needs, wants, wishes, and dreams. They try toachieve an emotional flatness that barely participates in the world. Other forms of spiritual depression exist because the personbelieves that God wants us to withdraw from life and all itsdisturbances.

You can find a kind of peace by withdrawing, but it is the ego's peace, born of a decision to avoid all conflict, to renounce angeras bad and unworthy of a spiritual person, to escape all taint of negativity as it exists "out there." You must learn to avoid thesetactics of the ego by seeing that inner peace also extends outward.It comes from embracing creation as divine in every aspect. When you are not afraid of anything, you can unite with it. In union you attain a peace that nothing "out there" can shake.

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