I've long believed that we are the wellsprings of our own limitless peace—that it lives inside us. I believed this so strongly that I wrote a book intended to help people reconnect to this inner reality, or to discover it for the first time. To many of us, permanent peace may sound like an increasingly unattainable goal. But it is possible. I know because my own experience of inner peace was tested in the last year.
The year 2016 started with a bang—my book launched in the United Kingdom, leaping to the fourth position on Amazon and even hitting the London Sunday Times best-sellers list. My partner and I were also buzzing with excitement after having bought a wreck of a house (a lovable fixer-upper) in the South of France to renovate.
And then, my darling mother suddenly collapsed at home. Soon after, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The effervescence of early 2016 was replaced with a dragging sense of sadness and dread.
The philosophy of my newly published book was being tested in real time, in the most personal and excruciatingly painful way. Could I manage the extreme highs and lows of my unfolding year and stay connected to the peace of my inner self? I decided to read my own book again as a touchstone of reality to help me through this challenging time. These are the things that helped me most: