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Create Your Own World’s Peace by Forrest Curran

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Create Your Own World’s Peace by Forrest Curran

We wonder why there are so many conflicts and wars in the world and are conflicted with the World’s lack of ability to resolve itself into peace, yet many times we are at war with ourselves. When we create an image of low self-esteem within ourselves, we are bombing and terrorizing ourselves. When we refuse to forgive and cling to the past, we create a insensible war out of old grudges that should have been left in the past. When we allow stress to impend our steady flow of energy, we are creating starvation amongst the people. Peace cannot be achieved by just a single moment just as a martyr cannot bring a sense of omnipotent harmony, it must be gained and earned by the entire collective humanity. On the same notion, each and every moment of our lives must be diligently tied with the sincerity to the idea that everything is vulnerable to the force of change.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

The fear of change is a strong source of conflict, creating an aggressive attitude to any idea that contains dissonance to what has been engrained to you: what your parents experienced and are used to, the traditional thought of your environment laid down as a foundation, and what the pervading religious notion is around your area is. All these play a factor into what thoughts are created within the mind, similarly these foundational structures are those that creates many of the conflicts amongst countries.

The solution is to be open to all the moment that makes up our lives, appreciating the moments of the elation and embracing those that are woeful. Focusing on what is happening rather than what we believe should be happening. Realize that when you manifest animosity in any form, that you are giving permission for an aspect of you to invade another more beautiful facet of your mind. By the same means, as we cannot shake hands with a clenched fist, creating walls within the mind won’t prevent the enemy at the gates. If you want to see all people free, free all emotions from yourself; and if you want to see World in the state of peace, inhabit the state of peace within your mind.

Just as all wars waged are against the collective humanity, negativity of all sorts effects the World in our minds.

Consider this before your concede to warfare within your mind.

Namaste,

Forrest Curran

the lotus

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The Lotus

The Lotus in Buddhism is a sacred symbol in Buddhism that represents purity and resurrection. Growing in murky mud, but blooming right above it, the Lotus flower in Buddhism refers to a higher thought state of mind than that of the mud that exists below. Though growing in the dimness of swamps, the Lotus flower remains untouched and thus signifies the purity of the mind and spirit. Having grown through the mud, symbolic of the suffering and temptations of this World, the Lotus flower ultimately represents spiritual awakening.

This higher level of interpretation of the Lotus exists universally, in ancient Egypt, Hinduism, and Buddhism; and perhaps the focus of this interest is not so much in the flower itself, but the mud that it grows over. As gorgeous and interesting the Lotus flower is, just as interesting is its’ roots of swamps, an unlikely home for something so delicate and lively. A seed has no choice in where it lands, yet commits to growing into a plant from the environment where it lands. We must act upon our lives and where we come from with the same determination a simple seed continues to struggles in the ferocious influences of nature. From this struggle a beautiful flower it becomes and makes the world more beautiful in it’s own way.

Hard times will force you to doubt yourself and will question the authenticity of who you are. People will not see what you are seeing and have difficulties of where you are heading. The situation will never be just right, always being a little short on time or money. And through it all, you must carry the lotus within you. To be true to you and to know your purpose of growth and progress. We are meant to grow, progress, and evolve in this unforgiving environment of the World and through it all achieve happiness yet, in this will require letting go.

Loss is an arduous attribute of life, and loss through a self-elected choice of letting go is no different. The process of growing will require letting go and sometimes we will be asked to let go of things that we have always wanted or would never consider letting go, but a tree doesn’t hesitate to let her leaves fall when it time and still lives on when branches may befall. Letting go means to accept that something or someone have shared a purpose within our lives, however having its’ own path that is independent to us and to of all people. Like all existence of life, it was meant to teach us a lesson of life, and to this we must appreciate, however nothing will run along parallel to that of our own lives forever. Accept that these people and these situations to have their own reasons for occurring, and allow them to be off on their path, for they aren’t here merely for our existence or our convenience. To rise above the suffering of life, is a choice that humans must establish within their own minds with the same image of a lotus growing above the murky waters. We are the lotus, rise above.

Namaste,

Forrest Curran

just part of life

“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”

Paulo Coelho (via purplebuddhaproject)

when we love

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho (via purplebuddhaproject)