Timeless Principles - Peace

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The world fights for peace.  Which, if you think about it, is a little like screaming for quiet or demanding flexibility.  It's never worked yet, at least not for the long-term.  But peace is absolutely achievable.  What the world in general doesn't understand is that it needs to be achieved one person at a time.

There are two basic types of peace: inner peace and (for lack of a better term) outer peace.  If each person were to work hard to develop both of these qualities, war and disharmony would disappear.  Here are some specifics:

  1. Inner Peace - Without getting all metaphysical on you, let's define inner peace very simply as a feeling of pleasant quiet in your mind.  It is akin to a feeling of being "comfortable in your own skin" and relies on such factors as self-esteem, happiness, contentment and satisfaction.  But beyond just being happy, it has to do with knowing - deep inside - that things are ok in your life.  How can that be achieved when everyone knows life is pretty screwed up sometimes?  Well, it's possible because you know that, no matter what occurs around you, you are constantly working to match your thoughts and actions to your principles and following your "moral compass".  In other words, the mess you're in isn't your fault, because you're doing the best you can.  I'm not saying it's simple.  But it is possible.
  2. Outer Peace - Outer peace is the actual manifestation of your inner peace that is observable to the rest of the world: you're easy-going, relaxed, in control of your actions.  Poised, comfortable, able to reason on disagreements logically and kindly without resorting to yelling, swearing, arguing.  Basically, you're the kind of person most people want to be around.  It's connected directly to your inner peace in two ways: forcing yourself to act peacefully even before you achieve inner peace will help you get there, because it forces your mind to think peaceful thoughts; and once you do achieve inner peace, outer peace is the natural extension of that feeling.
The benefits of peace are innumerable: personalities improve, relationships are strengthened, friendships are formed, couples stay together, children are raised right, companies thrive, nations thrive, the world thrives! 

So why hasn't it happened yet?

Unfortunately, despite the huge volume of information out there - from The Bible to Brian Tracy - instructing people about finding and maintaining inner peace, the general way of the world pushes other priorities: money, fame, power, influence, etc.  All of these things require one to push, to struggle, to constantly be dissatisfied, to not be content with what they have.  Inner peace is impossible in that environment.  And in many cases, people with these faulty priorities view feelings of inner peace, (or those who display outer peace) as weak, naive, incompetent and inferior.

So, outer peace stays out of reach for a large portion of the world.  Nations will never achieve it because each nation has ingrained its populace with the attitude that theirs is the best place to be, to live, to work, and all others are inferior. 

But individuals can achieve both inner and outer peace by being willing to swim against the current: focus on what is good in your life, focus on the good that others are doing, cultivate humility and modesty, remove negative and argumentative thinking before it has a chance to come out of your mouth. And begin realizing that life is not all about getting what's yours, but it's about enjoying what you already have: family, friends, health.  Savor each good moment you have and add it to the stockpile of memories you've collected. 

If you do, you'll likely find what peaceful people all throughout history have found: peace is contagious. Just maybe, yours will catch on.

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This article was published on 2010/07/09