Monday, 15 October 2012

The 5 Obstacles to Personal and Planetary Peace

Have you ever argued with a loved one and wondered how you can have greater peace within your own family and community?

Do you ever watch the mainstream “news” and question how we can collectively create lasting peace in the world?

Meanwhile, saints and sages of all religions have said world peace starts right with you – and how you experience inner peace in each moment.
It can seem like a far cry to bridge this ancient wisdom with the realities of day-to-day life – making a living, spending time with your family and friends, nourishing yourself spiritually, mentally, physically and creatively – let alone addressing global crises such as the economy, the environment and political strife!

If you’re like many people, it can all feel so overwhelming. Some of you may even feel despair and hopelessness about the state of our world

At the same time, the world is so interdependent and interconnected today that we live in a time of acceleration. What happens in one part of the world affects people thousands of miles away.
At an unprecedented level, you can feel the ramifications of another’s inner unrest and the collective individual pursuit of happiness. In this sense, inner peace has become a global responsibility for each individual.
This takes us to the first obstacle to personal and planetary peace: inner restlessness and conflict, which includes fear and endless cravings that seek to satisfy an inner hunger through outer distraction and consumerism, and prevent you from releasing your own essential qualities, talents and capacities.
The second obstacle is personal and collective wounding. Many of us carry wounds that blindly influence our behavior, creating cycles of reactivity toward others. This is also true on societal levels where entire groups of people carry forward wounds from generation to generation.
The third obstacle builds upon the previous two: breakdowns in communication, where there is little listening as people act out from a place of protection, pain and self interest. We see this in households, political arenas and international stages.
The fourth obstacle is the manifestation of the previous stages: systems based on dominance and control that perpetuate societal and global inequities.
The fifth obstacle is disempowerment and paralysis, a result of feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges and the world. Choosing to close down and mindlessly live feeds the cycle of inner to global unrest.
Do these obstacles sound familiar? If so, you are not alone!

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Nancy Ashley

Author & Editor

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