There’s a Buddhist saying that peace is like a sun that’s always shining in your heart. The most basic fact about human nature is that peace is our own fundamental and true essence. It is not something we gain by doing/not doing certain things or by following certain disciplines and techniques. The reality is that this fundamental nature cannot be conceived or perceived by the mind. The mind can only know a form, a shape, a color or an image. It can thrive only in the world of phenomena.
Our fundamental nature is a luminous expanse of awareness that is beyond all conceptual fabrication and completely free from the movement of thoughts. From this basic nature of emptiness everything is expressed. And from this everything arises and manifests including the mind. Until we realize this fundamental essence of our being, all that we do to experience peace will only disturb the peace we already are. But when we realize it, everything that is done, rather than being an attempt to experience peace, becomes an expression of the peace that always already exists.
This peace which is the wholeness of our true nature is likened to a mirror. It embraces and reflects whatever is put before it. The mirror itself, however, no matter how vile the object it is reflecting. It remains detached from and never tainted nor stained by its reflections. Always remaining the same, retaining its intrinsic purity and never wearing out. The reflections do not affect the mirror.
Once we recognize and become more familiar with the pure, spacious mirror-like peace that has been our ever-present condition from the very beginning, we then are able to simply rest and abide in and as that, realizing that we already have in our possession that for which we are looking.