“When you withhold forgiveness or love from anyone, for any reason, it diminishes your awareness of the abundance of good in your life. You are stuck in so much old stuff, new stuff has no way of getting to you. In essence, the good that you withhold from others will be withheld from you.”
“If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child – This is the true practice of love.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
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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.
“If resisting has failed and frustrated you, try to accept what is. As hard as it is to believe, acceptance can open different opportunities for change than resistance.”