Yesterday was World Peace Day. I didn’t know that until I saw a posting on Facebook when I turned on my computer. Seeing that reminded me of how in sync the Universe can be. And all it takes is for each of us to slow down a smidge and get in contact.
I say this because the night before I was thinking about peace while meditating and writing. I kept thinking about how many posts are showing up everywhere that are full of anger and hate. There seems to be this crazy cycle going on. Read hate/anger post, re-post hate/anger, become anger/hate, wash, spin, wash, spin, and repeat. The problem is none of the dirt gets washed out. We just keep throwing more dirt in every time we post things that have anger/hate in them.
Thinking about this had me wondering if there was one activity I could do that might make a difference. That is when I had the idea, aka memo from God, to post everything I saw that had to do with peace and love.
I don’t post many things to Facebook, but this idea felt so intense in my consciousness that I knew I needed to do this activity. Thus, I started posting stuff that had to do with peace and love the night before World Peace Day. The next morning I got up with the intention to post more of the same. And that is when I saw that it was World Peace Day. At that moment I felt so in sync with the Universe!
Throughout the day I saw some inspiring and insightful things that I was drawn to share on my Facebook page. One of them was a new video from Uplift. Uplift is a media channel of positive news and events from around the World.” Their new video is appropriately named “Can Inner Peace really lead to World Peace.” In the video some well know folks discuss peace.
I was so impressed with it that I re-played to it several times so I could take notes and share. If you don’t have a chance to listen to it, here are their statements about peace and living in a peaceful world that tugged on my heart. (I’ve posted the link to the video at the bottom.)
Professor Michael Nagler:
· “It is one where conflict does not cause violence.
· “It does not lead to radical alienation of one person from another.”
· “It is one that generates no violence and has robust systems of dealing with it when it does arise.”
· “Non-violence is the bridge between spiritual development and social change.”
· “If you can act non-violently it would be like breathing in through meditation and breathing out through action.”
· “We are aiming for a mature culture that is actually able to work through differences in a healthy manner.”
· “Your own inner practice and manifestation of peace is the single largest contribution that you can make for world peace.”
· “If we are cultivating calm and peace in our lives, we are able to see so much more clearly and act so much more compassionately.”
· “As we become more stable in that place of calm and peace within ourselves and within our immediate relationships, we are able to extend out further and further in our work and lives to address some of the larger issues and problems.”
· “See conflict as an opportunity.”
· “What can you do in the next several days, weeks, months that you will be super happy to tell? Live the story you want to tell.”
· “Cultivation of your inner peace, love, and acceptance of yourself, helps you to feel love, acceptance, and peace in the face of adversity.”
· “I think first in order to achieve inner peace a person has to come to the conclusion that arranging out circumstances ultimately fails.”
· “That no matter how perfect we get our relationships, our political situation or our environment there is still an inner conflict going on.”
· “When a person really comes to a deep conclusion that no amount of fixing our outer circumstances will work, I call it a great turn of a person, because they are reorienting inwardly to see how they may be creating the conflict within themselves and projecting it outwardly.”
· “Inner peace isn’t something we achieve. It is something we have deep within ourselves and rediscover within ourselves.”
· “I think there is a shift in perspective internally when we realize ourselves as peace, so we walk in the world not trying to change the world and make it more peaceful, but we are being peace ourselves. In a way, we are broadcasting peace.”
· “If you imagine a billion people on the planet who are meditating on peace and feeling peaceful, that would probably affect how people behaved in the rest of the planet.
· “Just as in your own mind you can have conflicts and can be drawn this way or that and your attention can be split, on a global mind that is probably the case as well.”
· “And as the global mind becomes coherent on about a particular thing of interest everything gets pulled together, and you have much more capacity to do anything you want.”
I’m closing this post with the belief that the world can become coherent about peace and that by pulling together we will be able to achieve this do-able goal.