Many people travel to India to find peace. Other people talk about building peace in their respective lives or dedicate immense energies to try to preserve peace. And, there are those still looking to get to or to achieve peace.
All of these reflect a fundamental belief that peace is something outside of us. Something that can be found under a rock in the Himalayas; something that can be built, as though it is a house of cards; something that is like a delicate vase, that needs to be held and preserved; something that is like the last stop on the subway train, which we seem to never be able to get to; or even something like the crown achievement, such as the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dis-Solving Conflict from Within challenges this fundamental belief and invites us to experience peace not as some magical force or deity separate from us, but as an integral part of who we are. Thus, there is nothing to find; to build; to preserve; to get to or to achieve. In fact, there is not even anything to do.
Experiencing peace is not about doing a thing. It is about simply being who we already are. And, we are not our bodies or a collection of stories, thoughts, conditions and behaviors. Rather, we are the space for it all. Thus, peace is space.
Each and every one of us has access to this space right here and right now, regardless of any external circumstances of our lives. Each of us has all the skills, knowledge and experience necessary right here and right now to be in this space.
An integral part of Dis-Solving Conflict from Within is breathing mindfully by connecting our breaths. When we do, we connect with this space within, which is as vast as the sky and as deep as the ocean. It is the space for all – happiness, sorrow, fear, joy and pain. And, in this space we know that peace is right here, right now.