You know the John Lennon song about Give Peace a Chance? It truly touches my soul. And the concept is what I want from life.
This is so much more than a song. It is the mantra to finding our own truth. It is my hope that somehow we will find our way to this place.
I know he is singing about a world without war. But for me, it is not just about the external peace, as much as my own commitment to internal peace.
Imagine all people living in peace, to do so, it then has to start with me.
Is it me looking though my rose colored glasses in hope that we can actually do this?
Or can we truly imagine all people living in a space of internal peace?
Growing up a little bit after the hippie period, I really felt the optimism and possibility that universal thinking and stepping into social consciousness was viable.
I think about this often. And like most of us, I think we are so ready for peace to no longer be a word, but a life style.
At least I am. I have lived long enough to now know that peace is an inner job. And it has to start with me. There is nothing I can ask of others until I am ready to live my peace.
Do you know what I mean? So what are our obstacles to peace?
OBSTACLES TO PEACE
So thinking through this concept, I am drawn by how we define peace. Is it as an impossible mission? Do we just assume that we are all not in a space of wanting peace? Or do we just accept that peace looks different to each person?
I would like to think that we all get that peace is a tangible living energy. And knowing that it is energy, we are more than capable of transmitting it. What are our obstacles to accepting peace as a viable way to live?
And are we willing to take on the responsibility for our own inner space of peace? The obstacles to living peace are a choice that we each have to be willing to make.
If I am using language that is less than peaceful or loving, I am not being in my own peace.
If I am constantly judging, I am not in my own peace.
If I am not willing to be kind or compassionate, I am not in my own peace.
If I think I have to fix others I am not in my own peace.
If I am allowing my ego to run my world instead of my heart, I am not living in my own peace.
And all of these questions pertain firstly to our inner workings.
If I am not willing to do this for myself, there is no way to living in inner peace.
Does this make sense to you?
So what is peace?
WHAT IS PEACE
Peace has many definitions. For instance the dictionary defines it as freedom from disturbance, as in quiet and tranquility. There is also the peace of freedom from violence and war.
Wikipedia describes peace in all forms from external to internal. It is also stated as the lack of fear of violence and conflict.
It is so interesting that in most cultures there is a word that is used as a greeting that wishes peace. In Hebrew it is Shalom. In Muslim cultures it is Salaam.
And these words mean even more that just the act of peace, it is also justice and loving kindness. The word Namaste is translated as seeing the love,divinity and peace within each other. What could be a more beautiful and kind thing to say to each other?
The concept that these words have been used in millennium has to say something about our forever striving for internal peace, doesn’t it?
Buddhists believe that once there is no longer suffering, peace will prevail.
And then there is the internal peace. I don’t know what you think, but for me the inner peace is where love and goodness truly resides. In this space of inner peace, we have peace of mind, no judgment and calm.
We are not uprooted by the ocean around us.
What does peace of mind look and feel like to you?
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE
I love this thought. Living in peace is to me the ultimate letting go of our ego, our external values and our judgment. We just live in the sense of this precious moment.
The sensation of simple joy and happiness is not even needed as definers. Because they then, become thoughts. It is just the internal state of being. It is the perpetual state of now.
Have you felt this before?
It defies description. But I will try. In the perpetual state of now, there is only peace. There is no conflict, no judgment, no need for interaction, it is the perfect meld of just bearing witness. It is the eternal connection to our inner divinity and universal flow.
Living in internal peace, is accepting simple joy and kindness as our way of being.
LIVING PEACE MEDITATION
Start in a standing position. With your arms at your sides
Take 3 breaths.
Say; I live and love in my peace. I live and love in my peace, I live and love in my peace.
Feel your body relax.
Let the sensation of of calm flood through your body.
Let go of any thoughts.
Raise your arms to the sky
Stand like this for a few seconds.
Then lower your arms and stretch out to the sides
Feel the sense of expansionism
This is the place that peace thrives.
Try this 2-3x per week.
And at other times during your day, just repeat the mantra
I live and love in my peace.
Your world will be calmer and more peaceful.
Let me know how this works for you,
It is my hope that we each decide to take the leap to internal peace. Just imagine the world as a place where we no longer see differences but instead we just see the love pouring out from everyone’s heart. That to me would be living in internal peace.
There would no longer be high blood pressure, or stress. Instead it would be just calm and ease. Did you know there is a country called Bhutan and their GNP is happiness? They all thrive in inner peace and happiness Doesn’t that sound like a space we could easily move into?
We have to then let go of judgment or opinion. Our guide of choice is our inner peace.
Choosing to step into our internal peace, gives everyone around us the chance to also experience calm. It is an exponentially growing possibility. For we would feed off and share each of our own beautiful vibrational energy. And there we go. We have achieved inner peace and we are spreading it to make the world a place of peace. May it be.
How do you see yourself in this picture?
I would really like to hear how you see living peace .
In living peace and gratitude,
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