Over the years I have discovered that, as long as you consistently do SOMETHING to increase your awareness or self-knowledge, you will find yourself happier each year than you were the previous year. It doesn't matter which path you follow. As long as you don't narrow yourself with rigid belief systems, you will continue to feel more awakened and alive.
Some of what I have to say next may not be too comfortable to hear:
Peace? Is it defined by the absence of war, danger, conflict or internal struggle?
Or is it just a blissful sense of self, beyond space, time, description or explanation? Can this exist in a hostile or dangerous environment, or is the person who stays calm under all circumstances just faking it?
Joy is usually thought of as what we might feel when we accomplish a worthwhile goal, or when something very pleasing comes into our lives.
But what if joy was a feeling you could have whenever you choose?
"I'm not good enough". Who among us has not told ourselves that at some points in our lives. Sometimes it is just a sneaky belief that hangs out in the subconscious, sabotaging our lives without us even realizing it. It is probably in direct contrast to the skills, abilities and talents that we know we have.
This belief, in all its forms, was usually created when the discerning mind was nowhere to be found, perhaps even before we learned to talk. So what is the solution?