I want to share an inspirational passage by Lao Tzu, the 6th century Chinese mystic, philosopher, and founder of Taoism. Years ago, this passage awakened me to my personal responsibility in creating more peace, and this changed the course of my life.
“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
This passage continues to inspire my commitment to cultivating personal peace as a necessary element to a world of peace. And that is my deepest driving desire, to do what I can to create peace on this planet. Lao Tzu's message inspires me as I continue to teach others how to begin a meditation practice so they, too, can access that unshakeable internal peace in their heart.
Though I wish it could be, peace cannot be legislated, nor imposed, and no one can create your personal peace for you. Instead, it is the responsibility of each one of us to make the internal and external adjustments and create our own personal peace, no matter what is going on in the world.