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You can make Peace in the World !
Hifza Gul Pakistan (23, female )
Peace itself is a little more than a word, and a theory that begins to take hold in the mind of the individual, until the commitment is made by one, to begin to practice peace within their own life. Peace on earth can only be manifested when inner peace is practiced on a large scale. Inner peace is realized when the harmonious union of mind, body and spirit are aligned in one’s life through a purposeful and intentional practice. Adding the following steps in our life, we can surely bring peace in the world.
- Think peace before power. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the power gained through threat of punishment. If you've learned to "control" other people through threatening behavior, demeanor, or actions, those who are subjected to your power will be responding out of coercion, not out of respect or care for you. This is not a peaceful way to live.
- When communicating with others, seek to avoid ordering, moralizing, demanding, threatening, or excessively needling them with questions aimed at eliciting too much information. Each of these forms of communication will give rise to conflict with others who feel that you're trying to control them rather than speak with them as an equal.
- Thinking in absolutes and holding to convictions without ever considering the viewpoints and perspectives of others is a sure way to live a life without peace.
- Cultivate your sense of humor. Humor is a peace-lover's disarming charm; few fanatics are ever humorous because they're too busy taking themselves and their cause too seriously. Humor allows you to release tension and to show up the repressive tendencies of extremist thinking.
- Rather than jumping to negative conclusions about other people, change your own perspective and nourish the good in others. In changing your perspective of others, you can initiate change in their own self-perception. For example, instead of seeing someone as stupid or incompetent, start calling them intelligent, effective, and clever. This will nourish them and encourage them to live up to the good you perceive in them. Seeing others as interesting, special, and caring beings underneath their bravado, anger, and torment, can bring about a great change for the better.
- A peaceful person does not use violence against another person or animal (sentient beings).
- The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, said: "My experience of conflict is that those who are involved in it long for even a day of peace”.
- Avoid violent movies, news reports of violent acts, and music with hateful or degrading lyrics.
- Surround yourself with peaceful images, music, and people.
- Reflection of thought is important – many a hasty response has resulted in a tragic outcome because time to think through all of the issues and angles has not been taken. Naturally, there are times when fast action is essential to ensure safety but these times do not excuse the many other times when reacting with care and consideration will result in much better outcomes for all concerned.
- If someone hurts you physically or mentally, do not react with anger or violence. Stop and think. Choose instead to respond peacefully.
- Ask the other person to stop and think and tell them that anger or violence will not resolve the issue at hand. Simply say "please don't do that". If they refuse to stop, remove yourself from the scene or situation.
- Just stop yourself. When you feel like the need to respond to something in a manner that portrays your anger, frustration, or irritation, tell yourself "Stop". Remove yourself from the situation that is bringing on confusion and inability to reflect. By giving yourself the space, you'll have time to overcome the initial angry feelings and replace them with thoughtful solutions, including not responding.
- Our cultural, religious, and political differences should not provide the backbone to invoke conflicts that can only bring sadness and destruction to our world. When you feel compelled to harm another out of a perceived slight to your reputation, or because you feel that their action deserves an equally abhorrent reaction, you perpetuate anger, violence, and sorrow. Replace this with forgiveness to seek the way of living peacefully.
- Trying to fill your life with possessions or improving yourself by social climbing without ever stopping to value your inner worth will leave you perpetually unhappy. When you crave something and you don't have it, you're in a place of conflict. It's easy to forget to be grateful for what you do have when you're constantly striving to upgrade your possessions, career, house, and life. Equally, owning too much stuff will create conflict and prevent you from living in peace because you're always at the beck and call of the "needs" of your possessions, from cleaning and maintenance, to insurance and security.
- It's hard to be motivated to violence against that which you see as beautiful, wondrous, amazing, and joyful; indeed, the greatest despair arising from wars comes from the destruction of innocence, beauty, and joy. Joy brings peace to your life because you're always prepared to see what is good in others and the world, and to be grateful for the wondrous aspects of life.
- There are a number of proactive ways that you can become the peaceful change you'd like to see in the world:
- Be a person who loves every person for who they truly are.
- Bring harmony to the world by championing love and peace for all. While this may seem daunting, reflect upon how Gandhi was able to show that a fragile, meekly man of small physical stature could achieve feats of incredible magnitude, all based on a staunch belief of practicing peace through non-violence. Your individual input does matter.