Dona Nobis Pacem- Grant Us Peace #BlogBlastforPeace

Today is the Blogblast for Peace, where bloggers from around the world write about topics pertaining to peace.

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When I heard the Dalai Lama speak in Birmingham recently, he said something I found particularly profound, and chose to hold back for this post. He said, and I’m paraphrasing:

There are 7 billion of us humans on this earth, and each one of us wants peace in our lives. None of us want problems. And yet, every one of us does things to invite struggle and strife into our lives.

It reminded me of this passage from the AA Big Book:

“Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.” ― Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book

It’s not something I like to think about when I ponder the way to a peaceful heart. I want to wear the peaceful glow, along with the peacenik clothes, and admonish others that all would be well if only they would change.

But the truth is, the only way I’ll ever find peace within is for ME to change.

The older I get, and the longer I walk this path, the more I realize that many of my troubles have indeed been of my own making.

Have others wronged me? Certainly. Have I suffered as a result? You betcha.

But the things that trouble my heart today have little to do with past injustices.

For me, what I must do to maintain a peaceful heart is love others- and myself. Forgive them- and me. Give up the judicial robes. No path to peace allows me to judge anyone, including myself.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it certainly isn’t easy.

24 thoughts on “Dona Nobis Pacem- Grant Us Peace #BlogBlastforPeace

  1. ‘ Love others- and myself. Forgive them- and me. Give up the judicial robes. No path to peace allows me to judge anyone, including myself. ‘ I very much agree to it. 🙂

  2. In recent years I’ve become interested in compassion meditation:

    May you be safe
    May you be happy
    May you be healthy
    May you live with ease

    Now scientists are looking at the brains of people who do regular compassion meditation. Interestingly, they have found it is a good preventative for compassion burnout. Which, of course, helps us continue working for peace.

    The Dalai Lama’s sister monastery is in my town. And I’ve met many Tibetan refugees who are among the most centered and peaceful people I have ever met–despite having experienced terrible suffering.

    So yes, peace begins from within. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

  3. You are so right. As profound and true as it is, it sure is difficult to put into action, isn’t it? Wishing you peace today, and always, dear friends.

  4. Our person tries to walk in peace through the world.
    Sometimes that means coming home and getting lots of dog cuddles so she can keep going though!

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