September 21st was the International Day of Peace – a day to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.
Political and social conflict can be overwhelming. It can make us feel helpless and even hopeless. But what if we committed to promoting peace every day? It can be difficult to do that but it can truly change our lives.
- Choose connections. Seek to understand others through thoughtful questions and meaningful dialogue that comes from a place of love rather than conflict. Try to see different perspectives and listen with empathy.
- Learn from Others. Learn more about those who have worked to bring peace to the world. People like Malala Yousafzai, a young girl shot by the Taliban for insisting girls should be educated. And Nelson Mandela, who believed making peace with his enemies created lasting partnerships. Learn tactics and behaviors you can emulate.
- Teach Others. Help the people in your life choose peace. You can do that by modeling the behavior and working together to live in peace through honesty and healthy conflict.
- Center Yourself. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to clear your mind and heart, and live in the moment. By practicing yoga and meditation on a regular basis you will cultivate peace within yourself and carry that into the way you live your life.
Promoting peace in your daily life will help you have healthier relationships and a healthier mind. If we all did that, imagine how different the world would be.