The main thing I feel strongly about sharing in this post has more to do with how we find peace within our journey. Yesterday morning we were all sitting outside discussing the different paths of yoga and how we would like to incorporate yoga into our lives. As we discussed our intentions, the topic of world peace came up. One of my fellow yogis mentioned how others seem to always diminish her goal of world peace as they believe it impossible. That started the conversation of...world peace and what does that mean?
To me, world peace is not trying to change others and eradicate the bad in the world. It is finding YOUR inner peace and sharing that with the world in hopes to encourage others to find their peace. Finding peace within yourself and your life is done when you learn to accept the good with the bad. Realizing that the bad/struggles/suffering/etc. is a way to push you into the growth needed to find peace/love/happiness within yourself. This concept is difficult for most of us to fully embrace and understand especially in a world with so much pain and suffering. I know that I was one of those who didn't understand how good people always had bad things happen to them...until four years ago when I read a book that changed my life!
The book I am referring to is Your Soul's Plan by Robert Schwartz. I will share with you as I did with my fellow classmates yesterday...this book truly changed the way I viewed the world and opened up my mind and heart to a deeper understanding of life. My own healing journey was at a stalemate until the day I opened the pages of this book. I recommend anyone who is trying to let go of the pain and suffering of your past to read this book. It will change your perception of life and help you release all that resentment and hurt so that you can find inner peace.
As we continued discussing this concept of inner peace, our instructor mentioned she had a TEDtalk for us to watch. We all gathered inside to watch the beautiful Anita Moorjani give a talk on her near death experience. It was a very moving and inspiring talk that mirrored many of the things found in Robert Schwartz's book. I have included the video below for you to watch. It is about 18 minutes but worth every second. Anita speaks of her battle with cancer and how her experience created that deeper understanding of life which ultimately healed her and created her peace within. Near the end of the video she talks about five things to follow in your everyday. These are truly words to live by! So take this time to watch the video and reflect on how you can utilize these concepts in order to FIND YOUR PEACE.