Dalai Lama quote

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves.  World peace must develop out of inner peace.

–Dalai Lama

A person must not only want world peace but must live daily with inner peace.  To move toward peace without the essence of peace coming honestly from within is futile.  We first must make peace with ourselves.  How a person arrives at a state of inner peace is very subjective.  It is a personal journey of self discovery that examines any and all aspects of a person’s upbringing and life experience to date.  Beginning with one self, expanding to family, further taking in community, and working in an ever-expanding and exponential manner to encompass global inclusion, each person is capable of finding inner peace and passing it forward to develop as world peace.  First and foremost the self-examination must begin in a kind and loving way.  Oh yes, we are each of us capable of being way too self-critical, so make self-love the priority when looking inside…be gentle.  Remember always that we were each and every one of us born with a blank slate.  It took years, or decades even to amass the wide assortment of ideas, ethics, morals and personal beliefs that we house within our beings.  It is not all going to change over night.  In fact, speaking on a personal level, it will likely be a work in progress.  It often takes a lot of conscious effort to change the simplest of habits once they become ingrained into our subconscious.  Just try changing something as simple as the kitchen taps from the lift up type to the turning type and see how often…without thought….your find yourself lifting the handle that now turns instead.   A good way to start may be, when feelings of discordance set in, ask yourself a series of questions such as:  Why do I think that?  Where did that idea come from? What made me feel that way? Why am I angry about that?  Then follow-up with:  Why….really? Where…really? What…really?  Those types of questions will help you look deeper into who you are right now, how you got there and what you can do to move in a different more loving and respectful direction.  Remember the blank slate….it can be erased…it can be rewritten.  It can most definitely when you make it your goal to move toward a personal sense of inner peace.  It can be a step toward world peace as well.

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