|Ajahn Chah in the forest|
Whatever you do, you can’t stop regretting having lost your precious pen: “Such a shame! I spent so much money on it, and now it’s gone!”
The moment you remember this you already feel better, even if you still haven’t seen the pen. You no longer worry about it. And as you’re walking along, you run your hand over your back pocket and there it is.
Your mind was deceiving you all along. The worry came from your ignorance. Now, seeing your pen again, you are beyond doubt and beyond worry.
This sort of peace comes from seeing the cause of the problem, the cause of suffering. As soon as you remembered that the pen was in your back pocket, your suffering ended. Knowing the truth brings peace.