Happy International Day of Peace.

Today, September 21, is the best day of 2015.  (So far. I’m assuming Christmas 2015 is going to be epic.)  But today is the best because It’s the Official International Day of Peace.  

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The first International Day of Peace Day was observed in September 1982 by the UN and is held annually in September.  You can read more about it’s inception here.  The basic premise?  Teach Peace.  “The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.”  My kind of day.

Even though it may sound naive, I believe if each individual practices discernment through meditation and compassion in action, peace is not only possible, but it is inevitable.  Someone has to believe it.  Someone has to live it. If we all believed it, it would be true.

I’m not the only one who believes it.  Ever heard of His Holiness the Dali Lama? Here’s what he has to say in the foreword of a book you need to buy, Peace is Every Step:

“Although attempting to bring about world peace though the internal transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way.  Peace must be first be developed within an individual.”  -Dalai Lama

Today, you don’t have to create world peace.  You just need to try your best to create inner peace.  Start your day off with the right intention.  This one works well for me!  Know that today is a precious gift.  Remind yourself that you have 24 hours to bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others.  Radiate loving kindness to every person you meet.  Make today the best day.  If you really love, peace is inevitable.

“Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live.  What a precious gift!  We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” -Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step

Happy Peace Day,