“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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“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.