You and I hold the keys to peace in the world. We can turn around conflict and create peace in its place.
Most of us think the answer is to change other people. We judge others and argue with people that don’t see things the way we do. We think the way to peace is to get people to see things our way. This doesn’t work and only creates more conflict because it’s nearly impossible to change someone else!
The answer is trite yet true that peace starts within each one of us. You see, you don’t have to change anyone else’s opinions. That doesn’t mean that you have to accept other people’s ideas if they don’t ring true to you. Instead, you can disagree without being disagreeable. Everyone is entitled to think what they think. And you are entitled to agree or disagree.
When I said the answer is within I mean that we start building world peace by being more peaceful within our own minds, in our inner world. Our minds are creative mediums and our thoughts create our feelings and actions. The truth is that we think about ourselves pretty much all day long, every day. If our thoughts are judgmental and critical it follows that we’ll carry that thinking out into the world and create conflict.
Do you talk to yourself in a loving, kind and compassionate manner? Or do you talk to yourself with criticism and judgement? Are you even aware of how you talk to yourself?
As we grown into being kind and loving to ourselves we’ll naturally be that way with the world. When we stop our negative self-talk and be more accepting of ourselves, we create peace. And peace causes connection or in other words, love.
So practically speaking, how do you become more peaceful and loving in your life? Here are three ways to start:
- Become aware of how you talk to yourself by observing your thoughts. Create inner self-talk that is full of kindness and compassion.
- Become a friendlier person. Say hello or smile at strangers but don’t expect them to answer back in the same way. It’s okay if someone you went out of your way to be friendly to doesn’t smile back. The goal is for you to plant seeds of peace everywhere you go. Make it a goal to do at least one kind act a day – this could be as simple as letting a person with less groceries than you have check out before you or yield to another driver.
- Surround yourself with a positive and loving environment, including your choice of friends, media, and the type of organizations you belong to.
Conclusion: Treating yourself with kindness and respect sets the stage for treating others the same way. Peace starts within! If you’d like to find out more about how to become a more peaceful and accepting person I can help! You can contact me at 512-922-4822 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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