“I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.” — Diane Ackerman
What a beautiful quote.
It got me thinking, ‘what does it mean to be an architect of peace?’ To create peace wherever you go and to bless those who cross your path with a feeling of peace? Before we can understand what it means to create peace, we need to fully comprehend what peace exactly is.
It may bring about images of doves and all things holy, a lack of war in troubled parts of the globe or the idea of silence. It is these things but it is also much more.
The peace I frequently refer to, is defined by Webster’s dictionary as,
- “Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility and Mental calm; serenity”*
Peace to me is about quiet space, solitude without loneliness, calm, collected emotions and being at ease with yourself, your relationships and your environment. It is a long, relaxed exhalation that releases any pent up stress in your body, a lotus flower resting in a pool of water, a yoga pose held with ease, 10 minutes of quite contemplation in the morning, the sound of water, a nurturing bubble bath. Peace may not always be easy to attain, but it must be what we aim for if we are ever to be truly fulfilled or make any sort of difference in this world.
Nothing represents peace to me, as much as the beautiful image of the Lotus flower, completely resting serenely, despite the murky water it lives in. It is a symbol of inspiration — that we can all attain inner peace, despite the chaos of our lives.
It teaches us that it is not what happens to us, but rather how we react to the events of our lives, that matters.
In order to bring about peace in the world, we need to first look at creating peace within ourselves. Peace in our hearts and minds, so that are words and deeds will in turn be peaceful. Only then will it flow outwards and positively effect the lives of others.
The change in season and the various religious holidays of Easter and Pesach, that we are approaching, all provide us with an opportunity to renew our relationship with Spirit and look within, in search of inner-peace. I encourage you to use this time to seek out areas of yourself that need cleansing, releasing and renewing. To abandon whatever expectation, worry or fear that you are holding on to and is weighing you down; to release any old pent up anger or resentment that is making your heart feel hard and cold or any pain, grief or loss that you have not fully allowed yourself to acknowledge and express.
In order to truly experience inner-peace, you need to be free.
Be free of these things that make your soul heavy and sad, be free of the suffering you have carried on your journey. Be free of what you burden your mind with, the pressure and the angst. You need to let go of the anger, hurt and hatred and practice forgiveness.
Forgive those that have wronged you in any way, and most of all forgive yourself. Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself as it makes you feel lighter. It is not about saying what someone has done to you is ok, it is about saying that you are no longer going to carry that pain with you and they will not have a hold over you anymore. It is something you do for yourself — to get well and begin again.
Eckhart Tolle says, “ With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges — the power of presence. Instead of blaming the darkness you bring in the light.”
Forgiveness will lighten your load. It will lead you to inner peace. If you are going to change the world, start with yourself. Open your heart and surrender to grace. Before this season ends and we welcome in another, reflect on your life, create and share peace, bring in the light.