'Peace in every breath' is a creative, sustainable, and powerful way to live. Yet, each of us is implicated in having created a peace-less world. Far too many people live in a state of perpetual restlessness, with a lurking fear that something harmful may come their way, they therefore hanker for a resilience to all the pain and suffering in the world.
However, peace is not a fallback position that exists in the absence of conflict, which is a natural part of evolution and growth. The universe and nature are a mirror of opposites. Conflict may come and go, but peace is the ever present, natural backdrop of existence, present in what the yogis know as 'the breath beneath the breath'.
Peace provides a dynamic way to live and a path for building a future on enduring foundations of trust, respect, cooperation and a recognition of the intrinsic value of life. Lasting world peace concerns all human beings. A person at peace with themself, will serve as an agent for peace in the world. Having peace within, is world peace. Each one of us plays a part in creating a peaceful world. You make the difference.
Peaceful warriors or heros, are not alone. There are so many meditators around the world, who , in their hearts and minds, are building peace.
It is obvious that we need to rise up to our responsibility to do something. Together, we can make it happen. Investing in mental and spiritual peace allows us to let go of negative thinking and be a more positive person. This will lead to a happier and more productive life.
Do you believe peace is possible?
Recognise life as being a classroom which presents joyful and painful lessons, some of which involve sacrifice, suffering and struggle. Value peace as being the creative force, even in the presence of struggle. Peace is that power within us, that permits us to open ourselves up and be free from attacking and defensiveness and be able to solve conflict without violence. It allows us to penetrate our ideological boundaries, that otherwise create roadblocks to peace, and to recognise that our anger, fear and hopelessness, which so often provoke desperate acts, can also be fuel for cooperation and responsibility.
Yoga teaches that we can mature our understanding, to accept our own evanescence and thus allow space for the true Self to reveal itself. The Self's apparent absence in our everyday lives is similar to the sun veiled by clouds. When you dissolve the ego's obsessive, internal pre-occupations with its psycho-somatic complexes, you free your mind's energy to directly experience Reality - the world as it is, free from any assumptions.
Start your day off right
When you wake up in the morning, instead of thinking about all of the tasks you have to do to get ready for work and what you have to do at work today, the errands you have to run, how hot (cold) it is outside, start with meditation. Just spend a few minutes being still and watching your breath. Then think about the great things in your life and what you cherish. When you focus on being positive at the start of your day you gift yourself a positive mindset, and this is the one you will carry with you for most of the day. It is so much easier to start with a positive mindset and keep it, than to start your day with a negative one and have to change it.
You don't need money in order to give. There are all sorts of things people need such as a smile, kindness, a pleasant word, acknowledgement, your time. By being altruistic, you will feel better about yourself. This will put you in an even better mood and help you think clearly and more positively. Whenever people volunteer, they are left with a renewed, more positive outlook on life and are happier than they were before and feel excited about the future. Be generous. Think about several non-profit organisations that need help throughout the year. Give to charity. There are so many ways to be of service.
Look for the Positive and Beneficial in life
No matter how difficult a situation may be, do your best to find the silver lining. No one starts out mastering a task, so just be patient and give it time. We all have to go through the growing pains of life. If your workload keeps increasing, be thankful that you have a job. If your children are making a lot of noise, be thankful you have a loving family. The positives are all around you, so it shouldn't be hard. Learn to look for the positives instead of the more obvious negative things you see. Your intellect is created for you to choose whether you fully accept or change what the moment brings.
Live Peace. Breathe Peace
Since fear is at the root of all that is wrong with our world, we can start healing the world, by overcoming fear within ourselves. If you were not thinking the thought you are thinking right now, would you be experiencing any fear? A deep, lasting peace arises from the imperturbable stillness of mind, after the fires of craving, aversion and delusion have been finally extinguished. Then we experience union with the divine ground of being, and the experience of blissful egolessness. In the present, is the Presence. You experience a feeling of oneness. Your body, mind and spirit are one with the sacred divine. You do not have to pray that the divine presence will come to you. You are not just near it at all times. You are it. That divine omnipresence is your omnipresence, and you are just as much a part of it now, as you ever will be. All we need to do is improve our 'knowing'.
There is only one thing missing in your life, and that is You
It is possible to go an entire lifetime pursuing the 'rewards' of this world, only to realise all too late, that we have missed the entire point of our existence. The reason it feels like life is passing you by, is because you are not here to enjoy it. One moment you have everything going for you, the next moment your whole world is shattered. One moment you are bright and cheerful, the next, dejected and bitter. Are you in touch with the 'I' in you that is aware of your own existence and that knows it is being instantly transformed from happy to sad, and back to happy again with each change of circumstance? If you think about the implications of this, what it means is that in those moments, you 'fell out of existence' and became a moment-to-moment effect of these circumstances. It didn't matter if you were on the happy or sad side of this dynamic, because to be in either one of them means that you were living from a 'self' that is guaranteed to perish.
What price are you willing to pay for peace?
We're not intended to spend our days looking forward to experiences to come - whether they are later on today, or later in life. The party, the once-in-a-lifetime, the spotlight, praise from our family, friends or colleagues, the pride over that hard-earned achievement, the excitement that comes from new possessions…all of them, always end. There is nothing at all that will ever change this cosmic fact. What you are really looking for, is something that you already are. You stand in possession of everything truly meaningful this life has to offer and there is nothing this world can do to take it away from you. But knowledge alone isn't going to do it. It takes action.
The journey to live in peace, to be at one with yourself and life, starts by opening your spiritual eyes and seeing with clarity. The transition is worth it. Life feels much easier. You no longer worry and agonise about the little things in life. Your constant focus on the beneficial and graciousness of life, make you much humbler. You aren't contributing to the negatives. Invest in peace. Spiritual development occurs across many lifetimes.
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