Daily Inspiration: October 14. We Cannot Achieve Peace Through Punishment – Condensed Version
You do not have to look far to see that a punitive way of thinking is not truly working for us, is not bringing us greater levels of peace of mind, love, and joy into our lives. When here in the USA we have 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prisoners, this tells us that we must first heal our own back yard before trying to be an example of peace and compassion to this world. The way we begin to heal this pain, is not somewhere out there, it is within our own hearts and minds. The more peaceful, loving and forgiving thoughts and words we as Americans, begin using and supporting in our own families and lives, the more this peaceful, loving and forgiving mindset will manifest into the physical form, into our laws, our correctional, legal, and political systems.
We cannot punish others or ourselves into the state of peace. If we desire peace, we cannot have a brother or sister who is in pain and suffering, give them more pain and suffering, and expect anything from them other than adding more pain and suffering to this world. Those who are in pain and suffering, lack healing and compassion, those who lack healing and compassion need healing and compassion, not a deferment of them. If we cannot, or do not have, the self-awareness to think of them and directly offer them healing and compassion, then let us focus deeply on those we do love, and then offer this love to them. Today, we use the feeling of love we have for those that we do love, and offer this feeling of love to those we are having a hard time loving.
All glory to God.
Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, Laughter, and Light.
James Blanchard Cisneros
Author of the book “You Have Chosen to Remember”
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