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Our beautiful Planet of 7.9 billion souls intensely needs peace in our time. Many of us have that forefront in our hearts and minds today, as we think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King committed his life to social justice, and he literally gave his life for his beliefs.
Our World now has large civil wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, mass shootings, urban crime, police attacking innocents, extensive cybercrime, and a lot of people stressed enough to blow up any second. It is clear we need some peace, some balance, and some harmony. My stubborn heart believes we can achieve peace in our time. So how can we get there?
Does this resonate for you: No one would make war if everyone were happy, had enough water, sanitation, food, income, education, and community connection. To get to that enoughness, we all can help, in 3 areas: social justice, personal peace within, and prayer:
Social justice. Do what you can to make a difference. Take bags to the food bank, and volunteer to pack food backpacks for “food insecure” children. Spend 3 Saturdays with your church’s Habitat for Humanity team. Speak kindly. Wait for the other car to pull out of its parking space. When someone drops something, pick it up for them. If someone appears to be in financial need, pull money from your pocket, hand it to them, and say, “I think you dropped this.” Donate to local and international NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), including favorite ministries, that have programs for feeding, clothing, housing, educating, and even rescuing youth from prostitution and child marriages. Give to NGOs that work to save habitat and environment, as creature habitats are being lost to cheap-food farming in a number of countries. Healthy habitat one place means healthy land-sea-air Planet-wide. Support legislation that helps correct social wrongs, support voting rights, and build strong communities. Find out what your church’s Faith in Action programs are up to, and help a little as you can.
Peace Within. With so many people so stressed out today, and with so many social issues hurting large numbers, it is crucial to stay as grounded and clear as you can, even joyful and grateful. Be peaceful as you drive to the store or walk through the shops. This is a major way you can help the Planet, and it’s a skill set. Study positive ideas and books (such as Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire), explore your faith, and keep returning to positive languaging and beliefs. Learn to meditate, taking classes and increasing your personal peace-maintaining skills. The more Peace Within you cultivate, the better your relationships will be, and the better able you will be to do what you can to help bring forth peace in our time.
Mahatma Gandhi said,
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.
Prayer. Pray often. Maintain your hope. Go to your peace within and go to your house of worship. Read meditative and prayer-rich writings. Perhaps collect your own group of positive prayers that you read to yourself every morning and evening, along with your meditation practice. Visualize peace. Practice knowing that you are the soul of peace. Know that peace is in your heart, which overflows to help others be peaceful. Pray for the least peaceful people and leaders you know: they are actually broken-hearted. Pray for anyone and any creature who is suffering anywhere. Pray for those who don’t realize there is any reason to pray. Pray for all the good people of the Planet who are saving lives and encouraging people and animals. Pray gratitude for every lovely and good thing that you can think of.
While Gandhi probably never actually said “Be the change you wish to see”, you can certainly say, “Be the peace you would like to see.” Be a little individual hub of peace in our time. Throw your arms around your life and find yourself Loving Lifesm!
And that would be you, increasingly Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. Email us to order: firstname.lastname@example.org .