There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
Never let anything destroy your inner peace.
We mark Memorial Day this weekend, a time when we mourn those who have died in war and resolve anew to work toward peace. Our Wise Heart study group begins a month of reflection this week on equanimity. Equanimity can be defined as a balanced attitude in the face of both positive and negative situations. It means learning to be a witness and maintain inner calm no matter what is going on in our lives.
So much conflict in our own lives and in our world comes from our inability to maintain our inner calm. Rather than flowing through the ups and downs of life, we resist and react. Rather than bearing insult patiently or turning the other cheek, we lash out and hit back. At the collective level, our inability to act calmly and with discernment leads us to knee-jerk reactions against any potential threat or enemy. We arm ourselves, fill our prisons, and send our young people off to war with frightening regularity. The way to peace begins with each and every one of us. May we all increase our efforts to find inner peace this Memorial Day so that we may be peacemakers in our society and in our world.
Come and explore equanimity with us this Sunday: study group at 4 p.m., sadhana at 5:45 p.m., Ruscombe Community Health.