Peace is built on the foundations of other spiritual practices: connections, compassion, justice, unity. It is a goal of all spiritual people. Peace is an inner state of well-being and calm. It is also an outer project of promoting nonviolence, conflict resolution, and cooperation in the world. The root of the Hebrew word for peace, "shalom," means "whole" and points to this twofold meaning: peace within oneself and peace between people.I like the emphasis on both the inner and outer aspects of peace. I also like the point made that peace is built on other spiritual practices. We can't cultivate peace in isolation. Remember the slogan: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." That certainly applies to peace.
Practice peace by refusing to participate in violence either directly or indirectly. Try to stay composed no matter how agitated the people around you become. Meet conflict with equanimity. Disarm yourself — lower your guard — as a first step in disarming the world.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Here is a description of peace found on the Spirituality and Practice website: