“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace — peace is the way.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
In other words, we don’t have to strive for peace, or work for peace, or dream of peace…all we have to do is BE peace, live peacefully in our own lives, feel peaceful throughout our day, know peace in our bodies. And when we each ARE peace, the world will be a peaceful place.
Imagine that your purpose here is to become a lighthouse of peace and to radiate peace out into the world, to shine the light of peace as a beacon, to illuminate the dark places simply by being peaceful. Stand strong in your peacefulness and watch the peace-filled ripples go out into the universe, touching the lives of others.
“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
And although he calls it ‘peace work’, in truth there is no work to be done. It’s a state of being, of feeling, of knowing, of emanating — all without effort on your part. There is no path to follow, no way to peace. Peace IS the way.
What does it feel like to be at peace? You feel calm, without worry, open and accepting, allowing, you notice and observe without judgment, you are serene about ‘what is’. You are still fully engaged in life, living, dancing, experiencing the gamut of feelings, and sometimes you are smack dab in the middle of chaos — but you remain peaceful.
It’s a tranquil, steady way to move through life; you take things as they come, accept them as they are; you don’t need for things to be different; you are free of expectations and unattached to outcomes.
And when we each live in this peaceful state of being, THEN the world will know peace. Not because we won a war and achieved peace, not because we strived valiantly for peace, but because we became peace, we lived peace, we exuded peace.
Become a lighthouse of peace beaming your light far and wide — and watch as a wave of peace spreads across humanity.
(Note: each ‘peace’ link will take you to a different post about peace.)