Do you think of yourself as an advocate for peace?
Perhaps not. Although we have the luxury of peace in our country, do you feel as though a feeling of peace eludes you?
With busy, hectic lives are we creating our own inner turmoil? Yet by developing greater personal awareness, not only do we have the choice of inner peace, but each of us can also be an advocate for peace.
Uncertainty for many
We may take peace for granted but around the world, millions and millions of people live with the uncertainty of war, conflict or poverty.
They don’t have peace of mind. They never know if they’ll survive to the next day. Life may take place to the sound of gunfire and bombs night and day. Families live in fear, anxiety and near-starvation.
Simple Ways to be an Advocate for Peace
Next time you feel angry, anxious or low, remember you have a choice to intercept your reaction with awareness.
Realise that you can choose a peaceful response rather than an unconscious reaction. And that little peaceful action of choice makes you an advocate for peace.
Because you never know who is watching your behaviour. Your peaceful energy not only benefits you, but those around you.
Sit and experience peace
Sit and meditate – it can even be a simple 10 minutes of quietly sitting with your breath.
Your mind might be busy with negative thoughts or busy plans. A few slow deep breaths help bring you into the present.
And with that presence arises a slowing down of those turbulent thoughts. They won’t disappear, but you may well find you experience a sense of peace and calm. With practice you can create your own place of serenity.
10 Ways to Create a peaceful environment
This blog post has great ideas to create a peaceful environment at school. It is equally useful for home or work.
Be Inspired by Peace Activists
A peace activist is typically someone who advocates for peace often alongside others. It might be to protest over war and to promote non-conflict generally. But you can start small can’t you? Here is some inspiration.
Dr. Maria Montessori established schools for young children in the early 1900s. Her holistic approach to teaching encompassed the importance she placed on ‘peace’.
‘Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.’
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist.
In the 1960s he wrote a document, ‘Call for Peace’ in which he urged the Vietnamese people, then at war with one-another to ‘find a way to stop the war and help all Vietnamese people live peacefully and with mutual respect.’
‘Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.’
Thich Nhat Hanh
Since then Thich Nhat Hanh’s life has been all about promoting peace. Today, although over 90 years of age, he continues to inspire millions of people around the world. He has written many beautiful books encouraging all of us to be peaceful every day.
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King met Thich Nhat Hanh.
They both shared a passion for peace and King was inspired to record a speech titled, ‘Why I am opposed to the Vietnam War’. In 1967 he even nominated the monk for the Nobel Peace Prize. Read his letter here.
How to be a 21st Century Peace Activist
Follow this link for a great blog post with ideas for all of us on how to be a Peace Activist.
Share news that promotes peace. Look out for ‘World Peace Day’ events on 21 September. Jeremy Gilley is a Peace Activist promoting ‘Peace One Day’. Do your bit, inner peace and outer peace!
More about Thich Nhat Hanh
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
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