Peace is a way of life, not a place you strive to reach. Peace is found through love, love of self, love of others. Peace is found in equality, in the knowledge that we are all part of a greater intelligence, a higher source of power. It does not matter what name you choose to use for the Divine intelligence..God, Buddha, Spirit..the list goes on. The only thing that matters is that we cross all religious lines and love each other as if those lines didn’t exist.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see a news story that refers to bringing peace through military action. This may be controversial to some, maybe even those of you reading this. I just don’t believe that war brings peace. I do believe that war brings pieces.
Pieces that eventually need to be put back together, at best, still only lead to a puzzle that is never really a whole picture. Pieces that are realized as families that have lost people they love. Pieces that are realized as communities that have been destroyed. Pieces that are realized as hardened hearts. More pieces than I care to list here. I’m sure you can add many of your own.
Just as war cannot bring peace to the world, internal conflicts cannot bring peace within. Internal conflicts leave the soul in pieces. I’m not talking about the internal conflicts that have you craving the brownie you know you shouldn’t eat because you are striving for a healthier diet. I’m talking about the more serious internal conflict.
Conflict that leaves you questioning your worth. You are perfect, just as you are. You are a unique fingerprint of the Divine.
Conflict that keeps you from the love you were meant to share with the world. Conflict that causes you to judge others and not see that we are all one. You are Love, love doesn’t judge. Conflict of this kind will leave your heart and soul in pieces.
You will find love in a smile. If you are searching for love, start by finding a mirror and smiling. Loving your “Self” at a truly spiritual level is the foundation for loving all others.