“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
All of us desire a more peaceful and loving world. The grief, fear, and sorrow over the continued violence and discord leave us heartbroken. It’s easy to feel powerless and hopeless in the face of so much suffering. We pray for the world to be a kinder, safer, and more loving place and dream of better days for our children and one another. Even though our longing to do something to make a difference is strong, creating lasting change often feels impossible.
But hope is not lost. We aren’t powerless. And we CAN do something to create a more peaceful world, right here and right now: we can become a more peaceful person.
Finding an area in our life where we lack peace and choosing to be a more loving, compassionate, and forgiving human being is the miracle we seek. Doing so makes us the safe space we long to experience.
The reality is we don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. All the brokenness around us is a heart issue—a projection of the brokenness inside us. We can argue and debate at an intellectual level about what’s right and wrong, but if our hearts are closed to love and compassion, we cannot understand one another. If our hearts are standing in firm judgment and condemnation toward our brothers and sisters, we cannot heal. We cannot effect lasting change.
A closed heart prevents us from cultivating inner peace and connecting in our shared humanity. We remain trapped in a ‘you versus me’ mentality. Such a mindset lures us to blame someone else for our internal suffering. This illusion of separation keeps us bound in fear instead of united in love.
The beautiful truth is we all beat to ONE HEARTBEAT. If experiencing inner peace is a priority and we have the courage and resolve to heal and transform our hearts, we heal the heart of humanity as a result. This personal shift is the miracle. Each of us must decide whether our desire is strong enough to set the miracle in motion. All it takes is an intentional choice to notice any area in our life–big or small, where there is room for improvement.
Will we be the peace and love we long to experience in the world?
Can we be the forgiveness we hope to receive?
Will we be the compassionate listener we long to encounter?
Can we be the understanding we seek from others?
Saying yes to these states of being is how we honor ourselves and all of humanity. When we bring this powerful and loving presence into the world, the world becomes who we are wherever our feet are planted.
It’s time to put our superpower to work. It’s time to let this extraordinary LOVE within each of us do its thing for the good of all humankind. The more we focus on becoming a healthier, more peaceful human being, the better we will be at the human doing.
Are you ready to commit to becoming the change you want to see in the world?
Keep reading below for immediate actions steps and mindful practices you can do to become a more peaceful YOU–including an extensive toolbox full of tools and practices for self-transformation.