In today’s world, one is hard pressed to find a stable and peaceful place. Christians preparing for Christmas may be longing for peace and wondering, but people of all faith and origins aspire to a peaceful place they can call home, where their heart can expand and embrace others. Nature may be one of the very few places left where we can experience peace. Maybe the world is increasingly denying us places to find serenity so that we search elsewhere, looking inward rather than outward. For those of us who always seek a peaceful environment to find our balance, or those who devoted their careers to work towards peace in the world, the time has come to plant the seed of peace within ourselves.
Cultivating peace within, devoting time and attention to grow a state of mental calm and serenity will become increasingly important to face the troubled world around us, and to generate the kind of peace that will make a difference internationally. The anxiety created by environmental challenges, terrorist attacks, and human suffering all around will only be effectively addressed by individual attempts to cultivate serenity within. We rarely allow ourselves to feel the anxiety and acknowledge that we have the possibility to set aside our worries and centre ourselves to experience calm and peace inside, to cultivate within the beauty of nature and what we have sought from the world. It is time to give.
What we have to give the world lies in our positive thinking and creative powers. Thinking positively certainly has the power to change our circumstances and achieve our desires. It turns challenges into opportunities, intentions into reality, and it is contagious. It is not ignoring difficulties and obstacles but it is transformative – beyond the negative. Not only is it able to generate results, but it also creates a positive environment, a good mood, and harmonious relations. Positive thinking will project outward the calm and serenity found within. It has to become the predominant mind set for each and every one of us to change the way we look at the world collectively and ultimately transform the world itself.
This is a time to birth anew.