It is the belief that we are always right, that we can be the hero in someone else’s story that we find the seeds of terrorism. When we can not respect other’s views, thoughts, and beliefs it leads to conflicts and wars that will never be won.
Take a nice deep breath in filling your lungs completely before letting it out again. Take a deep breath in through your nose and let it all out through your mouth. Feel your body relax with every cycle of respiration. Release the tension in your forehead, your jaw, your shoulders, your belly, your thighs and your toes. All is well today, no need for your flight of fight reflexes. Let go of any pain, hurt, and anger. They probably have no real basis in reality. Just be with this empty space for a moment and feel the process of breathing.
The world is full of people walking around believing that their way is the only way whether it be how to load the dishwasher, to what happens when you die. We tend to focus outward to “fix” the world around us instead of focusing inward on how we impact the world. We tend to get set in our ways, not hearing or appreciating other views.
The Holy Quran states “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 48)
There is an old Chinese Proverb that states, “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”
Jesus has said, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” (Matthew 5:44–46).
Alan Watts has said, “Peace can be made only by those who are peaceful, and love can be shown only by those who love. No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
Celebrate the diversity around you. You are loved! My name is JP Adkins and this is my Mantra.