There’s a silver lining in every crisis, from the economic meltdown of 2009, to cancer, to the COVID-19 issue. Tough times are reminders that we live within circles—family, nation, world. So, what’s our relationship with these circles?
And where does peace come in?
A saying contributed to Confucius reads like this:
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
If you look at Confucius’ quote above, he’s saying that harmony and peace radiate outward like rings in a pond.
Confucius was not alone. Albert Einstein also referred to these circles of connection.
He said that peace derives from individuals who learn to feel at one with wider circles of humanity around themselves. (I posted the full Einstein quote at the end).
You see, by practicing peace, even in small ways, it uplifts you, me, everyone.
So how to find peace?
Is it hard?
Well, maybe in the beginning.
Because first, you need to go within.
And the world doesn’t want you to do that.
Okay, here’s how to go within and find peace.
It’ll be OK.
A simple affirmation for peace
[This slide show first appeared on my Instagram page at marion_owen_photography]
Here is the text version of A Simple Affirmation for Peace:
Infinite peace surrounds my life and permeates all the moments of my existence. Peace unto myself Peace unto my family Peace unto my nation Peace unto my world Peace unto my cosmos.
— Excerpts from a guided mediation by Self Realization Fellowship (see below)
A guided meditation on peace (15:52)
Soothing for any time of day or night, for children or adults, any time there is stress in your life or household:
Albert Einstein’s letter to a grieving parent
Einstein gave the best definition of how to achieve peace individually and for the world, in a letter of condolence to a rabbi who was grieving the untimely death of his young son:
A human being is part of the whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us. restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
I hope this article—an affirmation for peace—helps in some way. If so, pass it on. Because, as Mother Teresa says:
“Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.”
If this article does NOT pull your heartstrings, that’s OK, too. In that case, hit the pause button and ask the Universe, “Who do I know would be helped by this article?” And then share with that person.
Either way, leave me a comment below.
Cheers and blessings,
P.S. You might also enjoy my article about the How the Peace Rose Survived WWII, which was published in the New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul—a book I had the good fortune of co-authoring. Now available on Audible.com.