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An Inner Choice — do you want peace ? Start inside

Peace starts within us- we cannot bring to the world what we
do not have to offer.

Often we look at the outside world and find it in a state of
seeming chaos or disorder. We feel compelled to transform the situation from
one of turmoil into one of peace, yet we are often disappointed in our best
attempts to do so. One reason for this is that we cannot bring to the world
what we do not have to offer. Peace starts in our own minds and hearts, not
outside of ourselves, and until its roots are firmly entrenched in our own
selves, we cannot manifest it externally. Once we have found it within, we can
share it with our family, our community, and the whole wide world. Some of us
may already be doing just that, but for most of us, the first step is looking
within and honestly evaluating the state of our own relationship to
peacefulness.

Interestingly, people who manifest peace internally are not
different from us; they have chattering thoughts and troubled emotions like we
all do. The difference is that they do not lend their energy to them, so those
thoughts and feelings can simply rise and fall like the waves of the ocean
without disturbing the deeper waters of peacefulness within. We all have this
ability to choose how we distribute our energy, and practice enables us to grow
increasingly more serene as we choose the vibration of peace over the vibration
of conflict. We begin to see our thoughts and feelings as tiny objects on the
surface of our being that pose no threat to the deep interior stillness that is
the source of peacefulness.

When we find that we are able to locate ourselves more and more
in the deeper waters and less on the tumultuous surface of our being, we have
discovered a lasting relationship with peace that will enable us to inspire
peace beyond ourselves. Until then, we help the world most by practicing the
art of choosing peace within.

Actually, I’ve been practicing this “inner peace”
thing…. (also, called balance)… it does work… but for me, I still get
caught up in the “world” around me… so guess I am still a work in
progress, huh?

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