Truth and Peace

Peace is found beyond belief, within the grey areas of truth and contradiction.

Artwork by Ana

Living with a mindset that rejects contradictions to our perceived truth puts us in a constant state of conflict, both internally and externally. It puts us in a place where we are reactionary towards that which disagrees with what we hold true. In this reactionary state, it is impossible to know peace.

In actuality, peace is found beyond this type of dualistic thinking. It is found beyond perceived truth, and within the very contradictions themselves. It is found in the acceptance that, within the grey area between our truth and that which contradicts it, lies something deeper, a mystery incomprehensible to our conscious minds.

By embracing this mystery, by accepting that truth is better experienced than known, we can approach each moment with openness and wonder. It is within this childlike state that we can find contentment and joy, free from the shackles of opinion and belief. It is within this state of freedom, openness, and wonder that we can find peace.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Artwork by Ana, except where otherwise noted.

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