Today’s journey on the A-to-Z blogging challenge path leads us to the letter E, where we find eirenism.
Eirenism is defined as “a peaceful state of mind; tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or concillatory.”
Just thinking about that makes me want to slow down, take a deep breath, and settle into calmness.
While I think I have a natural tendency to be able to hold and anchor serenity more easily than some people can, I also think it’s important to understand and acknowledge the dynamic nature of all things, Life is really is a beautiful nuanced dance.
Peace is something I think a lot about. I do think there is much we can each do individually – we must certainly protect the vulnerable as best we can; we must model non-violent conflict resolution and compassionate action towards all beings; we must work towards strong peace. While it can be hard to believe that any individual action really makes a difference collectively, at the very least I believe I can be responsible for my life.
I also believe it’s entirely possible to bury your own needs, disregard you own desires, and diminish your own self, all in the name of maintaining peace or promoting reconciliation. This does not speak to me of eirenism, but rather contempt and negligience of one’s own sovereignty.
I believe true eirenism must come from a place of openness, non-judgment, and a commitment to unity consciousness – an energy field I like to call neutral beneficence. When we can be in that state of allowance peace becomes a real possibility.
I think deeply knowing who you are is actually key to everything.
I believe we’re all sparks of the divine, here, now, on this planet, as individuated points of focus. Dancing in a field of polarity, caught up in the illusion that we’re separate, but ever more increasingly opening to remembering we’re not.
When we know ourselves and we know we’re not truly separate from all that is, then there is no alternative but peace.
I love this invocation from the late Buddhist teacher Maylie Scott:
“May I be well, loving, and peaceful. May all beings be well, loving, and peaceful.
May I continually cultivate the ground of peace for myself and others and persist, mindful and dedicated to this work, independent of results.
May I know that my peace and the world’s peace are not separate; that our peace in the world is a result of our work for justice.
May all beings be well, happy and peaceful.”
I am committed to eirenism and helping create a world where all beings can live in harmony and peace.
What about you? What kind of world would you like to live in? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.