By Saskia Davis, ©1984
Be on the lookout for the symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed, and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in judging self.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry.
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
Frequent attacks of smiling.
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.
Source: A popular meme online for years, this lighthearted yet deeply truthful anecdote is the brainchild of Saskia Davis, R.N. It is shared here with permission, and is available to order in poster format from Saskia’s website here. Unbeknownst to the author, a version of ‘Symptoms of Inner Peace’ has been disseminated without attribution under the title of ’12 Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening’. If you find such a version, please alert the publisher or disseminator as to its origins.
Image: Conceptual animation of the dispersion of light as it travels through a triangular prism.