Peace comes from within

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fighting our way toward peace doesn’t seem to work very well. Fighting just begets more fighting. Peace has to come from within and then becomes our way toward generating greater peace around us.

 

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Peace in uncertainty

Peace in uncertainty

“Peace is an invitation in daily life to breathe deep, right here, in the uncertainty.” ~Morgan Harper Nichols

Peace is always available within me, but I easily lose touch with it when I’m stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. Deep breathing helps me re-find that still point of peace within me and shed the outer stress, uncertainty, and tension. I just have to remember that peace is always offering me an invitation to breathe deep and find my way back to it. I forget that way too easily!

 

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The way to peace

The way to peace

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~Wayne Dyer

Learning to accept life as it actually is instead of how we think it “should” be may be one of the hardest lessons there is to learn, but it’s the only way to peace. Accepting life as it is doesn’t mean we can’t work to change things for the better; it just means that we are able to do so from a place of peace instead of from a place of resistance to reality.

 

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An instrument of peace

An instrument of peace

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” ~Carlos Santana

How much do you prioritize owning an open heart? Do you act like it’s worth more to you than anything else you own?

How well are you able to be an instrument of peace? How much effort do you put into becoming that?

The world would be a better place if we all prioritized both of these so much higher than we do.

 

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Extending the circle

Extending the circle

“Extend the circle of ‘us’ to include as much of the world as you possibly can.” ~Rick Hanson

Violence, hatred, cruelty, and conflict are fueled by the illusion that there is a “them” separate from “us.” The only cure is embracing the radical truth that there is no “them.” There is only “us.”

In this election season of focusing on our differences even more than usual, the practice of extending our circle of “us” (even to those we disagree with) is a challenging and much-needed practice of peace.

 

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