A few years ago, while having dinner with a friend we got talking about which of the world problems we would solve if we had the power!
At first, we found ourselves thinking about major issues such as world hunger, lack of clean water and poverty. And then we both realised that, actually, if we could eradicate conflict and create more peace and harmony in the world then people and nations could genuinely collaborate, share resources and bring an end to all of these problems.
Now I know people have been talking about creating world peace for decades but to be honest, I’d probably been guilty of thinking this was a bit of a pipe dream and something of a cliche. And certainly, on a macro level, it might still seem like a pretty insurmountable task. Yet in that moment I really gained a fuller realisation of just how vital this is.
Today, more than ever, we are living as a global community. We are all interdependent. We cannot survive in isolation. And so not only do we each have a responsibility to take care of where we are living (the planet), we also have a responsibility for how we are living too.
- Think of a time recently when you were in the company of someone who appeared angry or stressed. What were they doing? What were they saying? How did you feel?
- Now think of a time when you were with someone who seemed content and relaxed. What were they doing? What were they saying? How did you feel?
There’s really no denying that the state we’re in is the state we create, and that our feelings and emotions are highly contagious. The question is, are we radiating peace and happiness or are we spreading a virus of fear and negativity?
As humans, our natural state of being is a sense of inner peace and presence. Yet we spend so much time and energy regretting the past, worrying about the future, feeling anxious about how we measure up or frustrated by other people’s behaviour that we forget how to be in our natural state. And the more we forget, the greater the risk that we are contaminating our environment and affecting those around us.
As Eckhart Tolle puts it “Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution”
So, as world peace is such a huge challenge, perhaps we can contribute on a more local level by reconnecting with our own inner peace and, as Ghandi says, “BE the change we want to see in the world”.
And from this place of inner peace we can generate a little more outer peace too ;-)
Live in peace