“Each of you is perfect the way you are … and you can use a little improvement.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
Today is the International Day of Peace.
Peace, of course, begins inside us. Unless we can be honest about the darker corners of our psyche, and bring them into the light, we’re not going to get very far in our efforts to spread peace.
When you next feel the urge to judge someone for spending too much, remember the last time you overindulged. When you feel repelled by someone’s neediness, remember when you last felt desperate. When you witness violence, remember the violent words you have spoken and the violent thoughts you have had, however justified they felt.
If you’re like me you won’t have to think back very far.
Working with these parts of us is the real messy, difficult, endless work of peace-making. If we can acknowledge the worst in ourselves, we can understand why peace is so difficult, and we can shine light on the darkness in ourselves and in others, even when they’re filled with hate. Of course, the light is love.
“Hate never ceases by hatred, only love dispels hate. This is an eternal law.” ~ Dhammapada