Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers advice for maintaining your mental health.
What is the path to inner peace? It certainly can't be perfection or nobody would obtain it. Some people claim religious or spiritual connection, others say love, or they find peace in nature, music, art or any other kind of beauty. Buddhists have a kind of meditative surrender or giving up/letting go path to peace. Christians often pray. Jews, too.
Yet, on a world level, peace seems elusive. It's so easy to study conflict resolution techniques and apply them to group or couples therapy, but even on a small group level, peace is a choice often not taken. So, how do we except countries or ethnic or racial groups to do it? Or political parties? Or people of any different persuasion? Maybe it's amazing how much comraderie and allegiance there really is in the world, in the home, in the school or organization.
I wish everyone would focus on what they have in common with others, like the need to be loved, respected and cared for, whether it's a person or a nation. I wish people would try to understand where they and the other are coming from historically and take that knowledge into account. I wish people would think about how much worse things could be and look at the good, instead of the bad, rather than make things worse. I wish for tolerance, integrity, hope, and a glance ahead at how to make the world better for future generations by kindness, rather than punishment.
Published in Self Help Now: A community blog