We've had so may emails lately expressing the
same idea..."I will wait for my Enlightenment
until it's ready to grace me, but I want greater
Peace ASAP". As a matter of fact, it's common to
hear/read that the "seeking" of Enlightenment itself
is a source of great suffering and takes away Peace.
OK, no problem under and over-standing these
experiences. But don't give up on meditating due
to the seeming lack of success (IE: "boo-hoo ...s/he
got Enlightened and I haven't"). This "no success"
criteria might not be eliminated for many lifetimes
to come. But with a regular practice of Raja Yoga
(the Yoga of Meditation), you will get to the point
where when you have negative thoughts, you will
tell them to cease and they will. And that's PEACE.
And unlike just about every committee meeting I've
ever attended, I won't say "Any thoughts?" at the end,
but instead will say "Witness your thoughts, emotions,
and physical actions as they are taking place, and
if they are taking your peace away, replace them
with Silence or Peace-provoking activities and
thoughts". And meditation is the best way to discover
what the Silence and the Peace producing things are.
Peace and blessings,