And I think it is possible to do this, without a particular religion.
The people I've encountered in my life the *best* at this, are the ones with an unshakable faith in God. Although, having grown up in a very Asian part of Northern California, it seems like a lot of the East Asian disciplines, philosophies and religions also impart this kind of inner peace on a person's soul - seemingly no matter what obstacle life throws at them.
A lot of times, the people who achieve this kind of zen through more secular methods of Western philosophy seem to have the least fragile balance on it. Too much adversity, and they quickly run into trouble maintaining their peace with the world.
But - Westerners in general seem fragile in this regard, even those who claim to find peace through faith. We believe what we believe when everything is going fairly smooth - when we run into adversity, we tend to become pessimists about all of our beliefs and values, rapidly.
It is one of the things that worries me about any significant social decay of our society. I believe if our particular society were to have a significant collapse, we would very quickly resemble a Mad Max type of society. We're Live and Let Live when comfortable, but we're Do Unto Before Done Unto when the facade of civil society is stripped away.
Tue Dec 29 2020 02:53:09 EST from arabella
I am mostly at peace with the world, some of the people in it, not so much.
I don't "achieve" that peace, I'm just chill with it.
Matthew 10:35. Luke 12:53. This is my life now.