“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
I am forever the peace-maker. As a middle child, I avoided conflict and tried to help everyone get along. I even became a certified mediator to further my skills at peace making in my profession. And still to this day, my family and friends will call upon me to work out issues others are having. They call when they need an ear or a shoulder or a referee.
But I have never felt there was much peace in anything I did. Just trying to keep the peace perhaps, but who can keep peace. It seems we need to be peace, not keep peace. I confirmed this feeling when I recently joined in a global meditation for peace with Deepak Chopra.
His message was clear….we are peace. You can’t tell people to be at peace. You can’t really teach peace, but through your example of being peace others will respond. So how do you become peace especially when conflict seems to be escalating everywhere even within ourselves?
“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
For me, peace seems to be a deep internal feeling where I accept myself warts and all. One of the things I still struggle with is judging people and situations. I have trained myself to stop, step back and let go of the judgment as it does no good. Instead I try to understand the situation or person.
And I try to connect more with compassion. Not a pity or sympathy kind of compassion, but more of a tolerance and kindness sort as we really don’t know what it is like to live in another’s skin.
I think we may have lost our capacity for this kind of compassion in this world. And it is vital that we recapture it. Compassion for ourselves as well as others. Not an easy notion, I know.
So for now I am working on connecting with my internal self where peace, happiness and compassion are always present. I know I have said it before but I connect with my soul, my inner self, through my daily meditation. I find an inexhaustible source of peace and understanding there. And once found, I stay connected to that state of peace, compassion and happiness for longer and longer periods. Being peace…I am beginning to feel it really is in each of us.
Special Note: Purple is a favorite color of mine. It stands for someone who is sensitive, compassionate, understanding and supportive. Others come to you for help. Sounds like this color is perfect for me at this point in my life. A good color to represent peace too.
The picture below is my gift to you this week. Please download it and use it to spread peace.
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