Cultivating peace in daily life.

Today's Theme: Belief

Believe in peace.

Theme for the 5th day of the month:

Most people want peace. Not everyone who wants peace, however, believes that peace is possible. Beliefs have enormous power to influence our lives, both positively and negatively, and are often hidden from awareness. They shape our perceptions and can severely limit—or profoundly enhance—our potential. As we strive to develop the personal resources to meet the challenges around us, beliefs that support new possibilities, creative solutions, and hope for the future are ever more important.

The capacity to examine beliefs is a natural gift of human intelligence. Today’s theme invites us to use clear thinking to explore beliefs about peace, both within ourselves and in the world around us. Negative beliefs constrict vision. It’s like we’re inside a box. We can’t see outside the box but don’t know it. The world beyond the box is not available to us, and we live and act as though it doesn’t exist.

If we discover negative beliefs, we can change our mind. We can expand our thinking. We can see ourselves, and the world, with awakened eyes. What was once closed to us can open. The change can be dramatic—such is the power of beliefs.

Today’s theme encourages us to put the power of our thinking behind the desire for peace. Consider one of these questions today:

What are your beliefs about peace?
Can you identify any beliefs that limit your potential for peace?
Have you adopted the belief
that your efforts for peace make a difference?

On what basis might we believe that peace is possible and that our efforts to cultivate peace are meaningful? Here’s one view to consider: Human nature is constantly growing and evolving. This can be easily seen from generation to generation. The impulse for growth lives in each one of us. The creative force that causes seeds to grow, and children to dream, and visions to be realized also nourishes the urge for peace.

Life changes. People change. Minds change. Each day is new. Each season is unique. Today it’s worth considering the belief that this same creative force makes peace possible.

Believing in peace is a choice.
Make that choice today
and the path to peace will unfold before you,
one glorious day at a time.

Check back tomorrow for a new theme!

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. ~Mother Teresa