Conflict: It’s all around us. How do we have peace in our world, unless we begin with our own family, friends, co-workers, clan, village or tribe? It must begin with us at the simplest and yet most difficult place- our own lives; within our self. Peace lies at the heart and foundation of our health and well-being; emotion and disease are closely related.
We must remember it is our commonality-not our differences that we must choose to see. Bringing conflict to our awareness is necessary as we head full steam ahead into the holiday season; a difficult time of year for so many. But, does it have to be? Can we unlearn and re-write our past? I believe it is not only possible, but with intention we can and will get there.
What if we could listen and did not judge or try to solve each other’s “problems’? Instead, coming from a place of compassion and tolerance when the one sitting across from you is negative and in pain? Are several hours of empathy too much to ask? Perhaps watching a favorite game on television or taking a walk together? A practice of one small act?
And what does this mean for the macrocosm of our world that is also our home? We hold out the elusive word “peace” like an obnoxious red neon sign in an all-night diner which glows and blinks in the clear glass window every day, but I ask you, how can we wish peace for the world, when are at war-at odds-or have such anger towards a father, mother, brother, sister or ex-spouse or at ourselves?
Is it the expectations that we place upon others? The imaginary fairy tale
running in our head we believe as truth and resist with our will and ego never to let go? Does the anger and hate of another caused by abuse, violence, neglect or our limiting beliefs of what “should be” restrict and severs this peace and love? Is it the emptiness in ourselves that scares us most or a mirror we hold reflect where the biggest challenge lies? Always within.