Today we live in a world that is fraught with divisiveness, malice, and judgement. Many say that it was no different decades ago or even when Jesus lived amongst us. But for those of us living in the now, it feels worse as many live in fear as they go about their lives. Peace has become illusive. But short of hiding out in cathedrals and monasteries, or seeking counsel of those experts in their field of psychiatry, psychology and the like; how do we achieve peace? There are those who have asked the same question we ask and they suggest that we must quiet our minds enough to find it.
One quote that struck me the most and the story that goes with it is:
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves.
- Etty HIllesum
While enduring the horrors of a concentration camp in 1943, Dutch author Etty Hillesum wrote these profound words in her diary. As she ruminated on the vital importance of remaining present in each day and banishing the worries of tomorrow from her spirit, Hillesum realized that the only thing we have control over is our own minds. If we can find peace within, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Words to hold on to for sure. Here are a few others.
If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.
— Lao Tzu
Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace… Peace will be the last word of history.
— Pope John Paul II
Equanimity is about dwelling with things the way they are. It is a power that can help us meet the intense challenges of this time, in which we face so much disruption and breakdown.
— Kaira Jewel Lingo, author
We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us.
— Charlotte Joko Beck, Zen teacher
To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden.
If you want to live in peace, you must not tell everything that you know, nor judge everything that you see.
— Mexican proverb
Peace begins with a smile.
— Mother Teresa
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
— Wayne W. Dyer, motivational speaker
And the one closest to my heart and my wish for you, dear reader –
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
—The Holy Bible, Numbers 6”24-26
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