First let me clarify that I in no way believe that world peace will come one week after publishing this article. However, I do believe that you may find peace with the world after a week of taking these ideas to heart. The idea of World Peace is a difficult one to quantify. For the purpose of this article, I will define what I believe Peace to be, and what a world at Peace would look like.
Peace is contentment and the alleviation of suffering. Peace is a practice and an ongoing mission. World Peace, I believe, would best be defined as a world where poverty is rare, and violence is even rarer. The problem with working toward world peace is that it relies so much on the actions of others, and the actions of others is not something within our control. Defining Peace in a way that requires others to act a certain way may actually be the last thing in your way of finding personal peace, or as I would call it, Peace with the World.
Thus, it is my belief that world peace will only come when people find peace within themselves. Only then will we respect each other and help each other alleviate our suffering. Since we all have a lot of work to do on ourselves, it is best to focus as much of our attention on our own peace. Part of that may, and should, include helping others. However, that help should be unconditional.
If you want to save the world, save yourself, and the world around you will reflect that. Become content with the world and all of its imperfection. Accept people as they are and not as you think they should be. Surround yourself with others that share your interests. Occupy yourself with good work and you will find a world that is already at peace. Stay in that world and it will grow around you.
Peace in a Week
Find Yourself – Practice Yoga and Meditation
Before you can start doing anything you need to find your own Peace. You need to find as much peace with yourself and with the world around you as possible. Don’t expect to be completely content on day one, but the first step is to focus on this as a priority. As long as you are discontent you will be unable to help others. As long as your are anxious and discomforted you will be distracted. Find a free yoga or meditation class. Try it once. Watch a video and spend five minutes relaxing at home. This is the first step to finding Peace.
Learn To Communicate with Others
Next, before you do anything, you must begin working on how to communicate with people you don’t agree with without getting in fights. You must also start to look at how you treat others. Do you put people down? Do you expect more from them than you put out yourself? Do you expect anything from them? Must they agree with you for you to feel good about your beliefs? Are you honest in your expression of your needs? Are you genuine in listening to the needs of others?
Learn to Live with Less/Balance Your Budget
I’m not saying that you must be a complete selfless person, but it is important to learn how little is actually required to survive. Once you are able to do that, then you will be that much more effective when you have more. You will have more extra money if you don’t feel the need to spend it all. You will have more energy to give to others and to projects that will make the world a better place. You will do better in hard times, and better in good.
Now that you are finding a bit more peace and resolve with the world around you, you can start getting into the physical work that will begin helping promote peace and well-being around the world. Food is essential to life. Permaculture also incorporates water collection, ground water retention and gray-water systems. Stop wasting the precious resources of life, and show others how to do the same.
Permaculture has the potential of providing an abundance of food in any climate/terrain using less water and energy as we progress. With Permaculture we can recreate Eden.
Learn to Harness Energy
This means getting down to the basics: fire! Then begin to study technology, do-it-yourself solutions, and the general application of electricity. By mastering these concepts yourself you can easily spread them to others around the world that may need them more urgently than yourself.
Solar panels, windmills, fire…
Get involved in your Community and Local Politics
Once you have balanced your life and begun learning how to harness the basic energy of the earth (food, water, heat), it is time to begin getting involved in your community. Find a local community garden, an after school program for poor children, a community center, even a local church or ashram. Start talking to your neighbors; invite them over for dinner or coffee. Instead of watching television go to a local play, instead of going to an expensive concert go watch your friend play music at a local pub. Start patronizing local vendors. Go to your farmers market (or the closest one to you).
As well, start getting involved in local politics. Find the political party meetings in your area and attend them. Express your concerns, listen to the concerns of others. Find people you can work together on issues with. Even if it is for State and National issues/candidates, get involved locally.
You can start by visiting a neighbor town you haven’t seen in a while. Go to a cafe or bar and talk to people. Start to branch out more until you are going to different countries and continents. You don’t have to go on epic journey’s but try to visit a different part of the world once every year or two. You will learn that we are all very much alike, that we share more than we differ, and that you are the best ambassador of Peace there is.
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