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Inner peace (or peace of mind) is a colloquialism that refers to a state of being mentally or spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being "at peace" is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss and happiness. Many spiritual or religious people believe that it is only truly possible to achieve inner peace with divine intervention of some form or another.

Peace of mind, serenity, and calmness are descriptions of a disposition free from the effects of stress. In some cultures, inner peace is considered a state of consciousness or enlightenment that may be cultivated by various forms of training, such as prayer, meditation, T'ai Chi Ch'uan or yoga, for example. Many spiritual practices refer to this peace as an experience of knowing oneself.

Finding inner peace is often associated with religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.


  • Everyone thinks

    of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself - Leo Tolstoy.
  • Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances - Mahatma Gandhi.
  • To be at one with God is to be at peace .. peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul - Ralph Waldo Trine.
  • We are trying to satisfy our external needs, but that is what we don’t want. We want an internal Knowledge; we want something that is within inside of us, we want that inner peace. This is a natural instinct. We are born with that instinct within inside of us, that we are all looking for something in this world. We are all looking, desperately looking. - Maharaji

See also

  • Enlightenment
  • Meaning of life
  • Nirvana
  • Inner light
  • Self-ownership
  • Self-realization

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