I am reading a book called When Things Fall Apart. Given to me by a friend who accidentally ordered an extra copy on-line, I had no idea what it was about, beyond what the title suggested. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, the book offers very simple and basic “heart” advice, for difficult times. Though I have only read 30 some odd pages, it’s obvious the main theme of the book is moving towards pain, instead of away from it. How do we do this? Through meditation. The author claims that “it is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible.”
I was particularly moved by this passage: “Every day we could reflect on this question and as ourselves “Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?” Every day, at the moment when things get edgy, we can ask ourselves, “Am I going to practice peace, or am I going to war?”
Personally, every day, I am committed to practicing peace. I hope you are, too.