Where peace resides

By Joe Tassi | May 24, 2009

Peace, for all men, women, and children on earth, peace in our hearts and minds, peace in our souls, this is the promise of a well-lived life. What a promise! Who among us wouldn’t want to realize this promise? However, look around, look at the world, look at ourselves and you will see that we are anything but peaceful.

Some say peaceful advocacy is a sign of weakness. I suspect, however, that like me, many of you are tired of war and violence and want to do something about it — but what? Perhaps it is time for all of us to take that hard, penetrating look at ourselves for the answers because that’s where the answers reside.

Science backs up the adage that you are what you eat. Better eating habits lead to healthier bodies; it makes sense. Take this idea a step further and say that you are what you think. Think about your thoughts determining the life you will experience and guess what, quantum physicists back this claim up with science. In short, many scientists believe that to experience peace we have to focus our thoughts on peace; we literally have to think in peaceful terms.

Is thinking peacefully going to be easy? No, particularly in a society that bombards us with constant images of violence, but with practice, and as a practice, we can replace non-peaceful thoughts and ideas with ideas that are peaceful and loving that will transform our lives and our world. The skeptic in you might already be developing a rationale, an argument against such an idea, but ask yourself this question before you dismiss this idea entirely. What do you have to lose by considering it?

Habitually, we turn to political and religious leaders for answers to solve the problems of our lives, the nation, and the world. How are they doing? Are we getting any closer to living in a peaceful world? Are the global problems facing the human race getting resolved? Are the worlds’ religions bringing us closer together in a common understanding? Does a polarized society with a one size fits all philosophy meet our needs? Are we at peace?

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Maybe it is time to look elsewhere for answers. Maybe it’s time to look to ourselves.
Dissatisfaction is an un-acknowledged gift. In dissatisfaction resides the desire for a better life. Don’t be afraid of it. Dissatisfaction is our ally and it is encouraging us to be more. Reaching for more, guides us toward our soul’s desire and the greater purpose for our lives. Live with your dissatisfaction, feel it, listen to your internal voice. No one else has your answers. Trust your voice, believe its truth. Peace resides there.
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