Lessons in Peace

shutterstock_352563983The end of the year is always a special time – it’s a reflective time and a hopeful time. There is no doubt that there has been a lot of turmoil in our world this past year. But amidst the violence that perpetuates fear and hatred in the hearts of many, there are just as many who continue to believe and hope for peace in this world. Without question, we need peace more than ever. But what is peace really and how do we get it? From Presidents to scientists to rock stars and more, we gain insight in to what it takes to make peace work.

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”
~ John F. Kennedy

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
~ Albert Einstein

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~ Nelson Mandela

The bigger question is where does peace truly begin? And the answer is it starts with you. And it starts with me. A few days ago, I was reading another blog that explains this beautifully. So I wanted to share this message with you. These words were spoken by Native American Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Here is what he had to say about true peace.

The True Peace

The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

May we all move toward greater peace for ourselves and our world in 2016.