Ways of Living Peace Into Being ~
I AM A PEACE AMBASSADOR
I am moving from being locked into anger and outrage at war
and violence, or being defined as a protest movement, to creating a culture of peace from the ground up, and from the inside out.
I am moving from reactive finger-pointing condemnation and judgement of others,
arising out of my presumed superior moral position, to engaging in dialogue, listening and non-violent communication strategies.
I am moving from making those who disagree with us as the enemy to recognizing rhe inherent flaw in creating hostility or enemy as a peace strategy. In this way my work attempts to dissolve polarizing approaches and behaviors.
I am moving from a consciousness that is problem-sourced to one which is solution centered. This has a radical impact on how I organize. I am informed by vision, and my tactics are not always defined by the opposite side of the problem.
I am moving from piecemeal, feel-good, band-aid approaches and inventions to
whole-sytrem maps and whole-scale systemic transformation.
I am moving from relying on ideological frameworks and intellectual theories to integral approaches that are embodied manifestations of peace at individual and collective levels.
I am moving from activism which leads to burn-out and relationship breakdown to one in which working for the cause of peace requires self-care and time for quality relationships.
I am moving from the battleground of proving who is right and who is wrong to understandinlg world views and how they are transformed - and exploring who is wounded and how they can find healing.
I am moving from an obsession with punishment to the search for truth, reconciliation and restorative justice.
I am moving from demanding rights to assuming our responsibility to create environments which promote rights and emphasize individual and collective responsibility for an ecologically sustainable, socially just , democratically vibrant and healthy world.
I am moving from merely critiquing the absence of humanity in others to honing our
collective capacities for compassionate action, deep empathy and authentic forgiveness.
I am a Peace Ambassador and I am moving
towards planetary peace.
By James O'Dea