Last night, I felt angry. I was angry at the people trying to prove their beliefs true in such an unproductive way. I wanted to scream, “Don’t you idiots know that you’re just adding more hate into this world?”
And then I realized…I was too. I was adding hate into the world by being angry. I was adding to the collective consciousness of fear.
So I stopped.
I know all too well that the way to help others who are suffering is to be the change you want to see in the world. And that meant getting to a place of peace again- internally. That meant consciously choosing better feeling thoughts. That meant taking responsibility for my thoughts, feelings and actions regardless of the circumstances I was seeing on TV and social media.
We live in a world where the mindset, “I’m right. You’re wrong. Shutup!” is rampant- especially among topics like politics and religion.
The majority of the world is walking around believing that their thoughts are facts.
When in fact, THOUGHTS ARE NOT FACTS.
We try so hard to make the uncertain, certain. We do this by trying to drill our own personal beliefs onto others.
This attempt is not a demonstration of power or passion or righteousness or peace, but rather a clear indication of FEAR.
Brene Brown, author of “Gifts of Imperfection“, says, “The more afraid we are, the more vulnerable we are, the more afraid we are.”
From a place of fear, we blame. You’re wrong. You’re being unfair. You’re racist. You’re out of line. You’re an idiot.
Brown says, “Blame is described in the research as a way to discharge pain and discomfort.”
When we blame, we refuse accountability. This is why people try and try and try even harder to make (or force) others to see things his or her way, because their state of satisfaction, happiness and peace depends on it. Their personal well-being is dependent on something outside of themselves.
When I saw all the protestors, I was reminded (once again) of all the suffering in this world.
But, suffering is optional. As is peace.
When I felt angry, I wanted to scream.
When I felt peaceful, I wanted to help.
For me, helping, is continuing to do what I love most- coaching, writing, creating. This is how I will change the world. How will you? Are you doing the exact thing you were put on this Earth to do? Are you at PEACE? Because world peace starts with inner peace.
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