Now more than ever it seems like world peace is something that is far out of our reach.
Scroll through your news feed or turn on the TV and we are bombarded by images of conflict.
No wonder people feel more anxious and unsettled than ever.
It’s easy for us to look at war torn places half way around the globe and wish for an end to their torture and instability.
I hope you live in a secure and stable community.
No elusive cease-fires.
And if you don’t, may you be safe with a peaceful heart.
Conflict comes in many forms
When we think about conflict, we naturally think about clashes between nations or factions within countries.
But conflict doesn’t only exist on the world stage – it’s also in our homes and workplaces.
Let’s face it, our day-to-day lives are filled with confrontation.
We are surrounded by incivility on social media, road rage on the streets, and disrespectful behaviour at the office.
How did we get here?
Judgment, bullying and aggression flow out of lives that are simply too busy to pay attention to what is important.Judgment, bullying and aggression flow out of lives that are simply too busy to pay attention to what is important. Click To Tweet
Little things become seemingly big things when we feel stressed.
Think about the last time you felt frustrated, annoyed, or irritated?
Bet it wasn’t your finest moment in terms of how you interacted with people around you.
We all have an impact
How we show up in the world, even when we are frustrated, annoyed or irritated, has a direct impact on what will happen next.
Here’s the thing:
Whether we realize it or not, all of us contribute to the lack of world peace.
That’s because even when we have peace around us, we often wage our own private little wars within ourselves.
You know that constant chatter of your inner dialogue? It’s not very peaceful.
That’s because we are our harshest critics.
We chip away at our own self-confidence and capabilities with every snarky comment we mutter under our breath about how we are not enough of something or too much of something else.
Just imagine for a moment if your inner self judgments were broadcast on a loud speaker.
That’s a frightening thought, isn’t it – that other people could actually hear how downright nasty you can be to yourself.
Even if we might extend kindness, compassion and respect to others, we secretly withhold it from ourselves.
Perhaps in one way or another, we think we are not quite deserving of the same things we hope for others.
But what if world peace was actually in your hands – in your own peace of mind?
Kinda makes that internal chatter a whole lot more important, doesn’t it?
Creating a new peaceful reality
It’s true that you create your own personal reality.
That’s because what’s going on in your own head has a direct effect on what’s going on around you.
When you are angry, everything seems to conspire against you.
When you are fearful, obstacles arise.
Negativity in your head creates more negativity.
Good thing that it works the other way too.
When you are optimistic, things seem more positive.
When you are open to possibilities, opportunities appear.
So why not peace?
When you have a peaceful mind, the world becomes a more peaceful place.
Time for a reality check
I get it – no there is not going to be some global kumbaya moment just because you approach yourself and others with a peaceful mindset.
that IS where it starts.
World peace will not happen because some guys sitting around a boardroom table agree to sign some piece of paper. Not lasting peace anyway.
I’m a firm believer that there will never be harmony in the world until each of us begins to find peace within ourselves.
How can you bring more peace into your world?
Try a super simple strategy:
Pause. Breathe. Smile. Repeat.
If peace begins within us, then remember that as you go about your daily life.
Take responsibility for the way you show up
That means with everyone – your family, your co-workers, in the grocery store, on the roadway.
Respond more and react less.
Will other people sometimes be rude or disrespectful to you? You betcha.
In the face of that, be intentional about how you communicate your thoughts, feeling and needs.
Become your own change agent.
Whatever you wish for in the world, begin to give to yourself:
Way more love.
Then start giving it to everyone around you.
When you do that, there just might be hope for the planet.
Say a prayer for peace
Go ahead and do it in whatever fashion makes sense to you. Take a moment to reflect upon peace for the world, peace in relationships, peace for families and friends, peace at work, peace in our hearts and minds.
In loving kindness meditation, we can offer our hope for ourselves and others by repeating simple words such as these:
May I be happy, safe and at peace.
May you be happy, safe and at peace.
May all beings be happy, safe and at peace.
If you try some of these things to bring more peace into your world, then maybe, just maybe, we have a chance at world peace.