Thanksgiving is a November holiday that we know well, but are you aware that World Peace Day is the 17th? I know we don’t get that day off, but let’s take a moment now to contemplate the idea of peace. What does world peace look like to you? Do you feel you can make a difference in the bigger picture? Praying for peace is easy, but it isn’t the only way we can help facilitate peace. “Being” peace is something that we, perhaps, don’t give much thought to. When we are peaceful, however, when we FEEL peaceful, we share that vibration with everyone around us.
The Dalai Lama has said “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence; peace is the manifestation of human compassion.” I believe he is correct. Many times I have seen examples of how a simple act of compassion for another human being changes others, thus making a larger difference than I expected.
What if we decide to make the rest of the month “World Peace Month”! We can choose to be more peaceful ourselves, and we can share more compassion with others and spread a little peace around. If we look for opportunities to share compassion, we will find them. No matter where you live or work, there are homeless people in need (many of whom are veterans…). The next time you see someone in need, buy them food at the nearest convenience store and give it to them with a smile and a kind word. Or perhaps it’s cold where you live and you have a scarf with you that is easily replaceable; share your smile and scarf with someone in need.
Best of Health,