Peace in Our Time: 3 Ways You Can Help!
© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Our beautiful Planet of 7 billion souls intensely needs peace in our time. Our World now has large civil wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, mass shootings, urban crime, police attacking innocents, and a lot of people stressed enough to blow any second. Fifteen years ago this day, several thousand died in the US, in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and related events. We call that day simply “Nine One One” or “9-1-1”. It is clear we need some peace, some balance, some harmony. My stubborn heart believes we can achieve peace in our time. So how can we get there?
No one would make war if everyone were happy, had enough water, sanitation, food, income, education, and community connection. To get to that enoughness, we all can help, in 3 areas: social justice, personal peace within, and prayer:
Social justice. Do what you can to make a difference. Take bags to the food bank, and volunteer to pack food backpacks for “food insecure” children. Spend 3 Saturdays with your church’s Habitat for Humanity team. Speak kindly. Wait for the other car to pull out of its parking space. When someone drops something, pick it up for them. Donate to local and international NGOs (Non-Government Organizations), including favorite ministries, that have programs for feeding, clothing, housing, educating, and even rescuing youth from prostitution and child marriages. Give to NGOs that work to save habitat and environment, as creature habitats are being lost to cheap-food farming in a number of countries: healthy habitat one place means healthy land-sea-air Planet-wide. Support legislation that helps correct social wrongs and build strong communities. Find out what your church’s Faith in Action programs are up to, and help a little as you can.
Peace Within. With so many people so stressed out today, and with so many social issues hurting large numbers, it is crucial to stay as grounded and clear as you can, even joyful and grateful. This is a major way you can help the Planet, and it’s a skill set. Study positive ideas and books (such as Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core), explore your faith, and keep returning to positive languaging and beliefs. Learn to meditate, taking classes and increasing your personal peace-maintaining skills. The more Peace Within you cultivate, the better your relationships will be, and the better able you will be to do what you can to help bring forth peace in our time. Gandhi said,
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.
Prayer. Pray often. Maintain your hope. Go to your peace within and go to your house of worship. Read meditative and prayer-rich writings. Perhaps collect your own group of positive prayers that you read to yourself every morning and evening, along with your meditation practice. Visualize peace. Know that you are the soul of peace. Know that peace is in your heart, which overflows to help others be peaceful. Pray for the least peaceful people and leaders you know; they are actually broken-hearted. Pray for anyone and any creature who is suffering anywhere. Pray for those who don’t realize there is any reason to pray. Pray for all the good people of the Planet who are saving lives and encouraging people and animals. Pray gratitude for every lovely and good thing that you can think of.
Look for Peace Day activities near you. The United Nations has an International Day of Peace, which even the Taliban has honored as a day of ceasefire and emergency replenishments. In Phoenix, the Franciscan Renewal Center celebrates that day with programs; check out www.thecasa.org. While Gandhi probably never said “Be the change you wish to see”, you can certainly say, “Be the peace you would like to see.” Be a little individual hub of peace in our time.
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. That book and Peace Within are available through her office. Just email email@example.com or call the office at 480-250-1177. Thanks!
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