Other web meanings for peace include: "harmonious relations; freedom from disputes" and "the absence of mental stress or anxiety".
Personally, I like "harmonious relations". It seems to be the only positively spun, self-sufficent definition that good old Google has put before the masses. It does not speak of dischord and lack, absence or opposing ways of being. It is a little limited though in that, for me at least, peace is not just about interacting harmoniously with others - it's also about FEELING harmonious.
Perhaps we have not yet adequately defined peace? Given, as my high school English teacher would say, you cannot use a thing to define itself. Meaning, it's not enough to say "peace is feeling peaceful". Ha ha ha!
So what is peace, in this personal sense of the word? Uh oh... perhaps it is "the absence of mental stress or anxiety". Another definition that speaks of lack and opposites! No no no... surely we can do better?
I like some of these definitions from the Macquarie Dictionary*:
- ease of mind or conscience;
- a state of being tranquil or serene;
- a state conducive, due to, or characterised by tranquillity or calm;
- quiet; stillness; silence.
I'd like to stretch this a bit though... could we live with a definition of peace that is somethng like this?
Peace: A Definition
Peace is a state of love, generosity and expansion in which the mind is still and heart is open.
I think, for today anyway, that's going to be my definition. If you have suggestions though, I'd love to hear your definition of peace.