You may wonder what peace has to do with being an advocate of sustainable agriculture, environmental and social justice, and animal rights. I submit to you that it has everything to do with all of these and every other aspect of our lives and this world.
A wise man said, "There is no way to peace, there is only peace."
At our core, every human being and every other being on this planet, seeks a peaceful existence. It is in our nature to live peaceful lives. But so often we don't.
Peace begins with each individual, every one of us must do our own internal and intentional work to take the journey of discovering what true peace is. Of course there are many who argue that conflicts are inevitable, and that is true. But should these conflicts move beyond the realm of debate and discourse? Escalate to physical, psychological, and emotional injury? The absence of peace usually comes about because we cannot see beyond the choices we don't understand.
Being a peacemaker requires us to look within ourselves and control our anger, our perceived need for retribution and revenge. This can be done by taking a step back, taking a deep breath, and looking at another with compassion and love. Conflicts usually come about because of a lack of communication, either willfully or by accident. Sometimes conflicts are borne out of greed, a longing to have what another has.
The lack of peace manifests itself in violence and a disregard for the sanctity and dignity of another. The other could be a person, or nature, or non-human sentient beings.
Another way of thinking about this is the old saying, "What goes around, comes around." I think we all have experienced this in our lives. It is also known as karma and all religious and non-religious traditions teach a form of this guiding principle.
When we see that our suffering is brought about by our own choices, behaviors, actions, and words we soon realize the exponential effect we have in this world. It is a huge responsibility, but not one that we cannot handle.
Peace is living with mutual respect and understanding for non-human beings, nature, people, and life. It is an intimate recognition of the sacredness of each interdependent relationship. When we come to this understanding we then know peace.
When we come to know peace and practice it with each other, with the Earth and how we grow our food, in recognizing the sovereignty of non-human nations, justice will spring forth and we will have the world that we so yearn for.
"Can you be the change you wish to see in the world?" That is the question. Please watch this short video. http://www.peaceisthewayglobalcommunity.org/Videos/Peacemaker_Large.mov
We can all be peacemakers extending our peace to all living things...the planet, non-human animals, each other. It is easier than you think. Visit this website and take the time to learn how to be a peacemaker.
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