Peace is the absolute freedom from all forms of disorder. We fortify this state through the cultivation of awareness. But to nourish peace we must first heal the mind. The path of ahimsa heals the mind of peace. In aligning ourselves with this process we reveal the hidden cavern of unresolved desires, fears, weakness, and hurt—transported from generation to generation, from life to life. This revelation of unresolved negativity gives us the opportunity to heal.
Our Natural State of Peace
The successful outcome of this healing is to realize our natural state of peace. It is critical to be present in the process of healing, however unexpected and challenging it may be. The process is often hard to face—it contains, at the heart of it, that part of our journey which is hidden, that “stuckness” and staleness that need to be shaken loose, and brazened out. If we are able to face that part of our journey which is hidden head-on, we open up to spirit and find resolve.
To heal, we invoke the clear intent to honour our journey, however it unfolds. Challenges are plentiful, but the solution is simple: it is the same for all of us: nourish peace. In other words, untether the mind, and do the arduous work to create harmony within—Ahimsa. When we get knocked down, how quickly can we get back up and strive to bring forth love and happiness?
In living ahimsa, we learn that peace does not depend on conducive conditions. Peace is about learning to transcend disharmony, disorder, disease, and despair by reaching for that inner flame, the irrevocable, incorruptible light that redefines all living conditions. Peace is about becoming comfortable with the carnal ground of noxious, rotten bones.
Honoring the Journey to Peace
We are living in an intensive time where consciousness is highly accelerated. At the same time, this rapidity exposes an equally intensive state of imbalance, where many layers of vulnerability in both urban and rural communities are exhibited. With the advent of globalization, the central force for human happiness, love, and nurturance has been severly compromised. And with this central force compromised, the progressive deterioration of the human community has followed.
In this state of deterioration we have become alienated from our roots—ancestral, seasonal, geographical, and archeological. These roots are our primary source for nourishing body, mind, and spirit. To restore harmonic conditions in our cultures, communities, and in ourselves, we must nourish peace. To do so, we reclaim a life of ahimsa as the foremost priority of our time.
Nourishing peace is about mothering, accepting, giving, caring, and protecting this serene space of the One Self we all share. This peace engenders the greatest love. My Vedic ancestors understood love and peace as foundational to nature. They recognised that harmony is produced only by cooperation with nature. They surrendered to nature to learn how to sustain prosperous communal living. They worked hard at nourishing peace and kept love thriving. Harvesting herbs, roots, fruits, and legumes without bludgeoning the forest or animal members of their community, they viewed their everyday tasks as a sacred duty to keep reseeding love into the soil. They knew, what we are now rediscovering, that the greatest value in human life is to nourish peace.
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.
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