What is Peace?

Well, first of all, according to dictionaries (reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/peace), what does the word mean?

  1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  2. ( often initial capital letter ) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
  3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
  4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
  5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
  6. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
  7. a state of tranquility or serenity: May he rest in peace.
  8. a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
  9. Silence, stillness


In the above list of definitions of peace number 6 (the bolded and underlined) is the most interesting to me.  When you are not perceiving any stress (body feels tension), hatreds (emotion), anxieties (thought or emotion), obsessions (thoughts or feelings) etc, i.e. thoughts, feelings or emotions, then you have entered into a peaceful state.  Or in other words (my words), the absence of thoughts, feelings or emotions can create a state of presence, joy, bliss and peace.

What is peace for you?