Cultivating peace and positivity is a practice. Mindsets which foster the same must be learned, as they are not widely observed in contemporary society. Our hierarchical power structure and culture of force keeps us locked in conflict. Ongoing arguments abound and are daily bread consumed by plugged in masses, often indulged in habitually and routine as the 24-hour news cycle. The addiction is conflict and pride, a subset of simmering anger beneath the powder keg environment in which we live. We cannot expect our society to become less violent if we foster psychological unrest inside of ourselves and spread that to others.

We march on in programmed circles, until humility comes. We come to realize partial validity in positions, and we choose to open ourselves to equalizing self with others. We develop skill to disagree with civility and make a conscious decision to foster kindness in our interactions with others. We allow our false pretenses of superiority to evaporate. None of this is possible until we acknowledge our shared humanity with our perceived foes and our contributions to negative social ramifications. We decide to practice the embodiment of peace and generosity. We realize humanity demands it today.

In modern culture, we have become our own worst enemy, and until we decide to make friends with ourselves, we remain unable to be consistently friendly toward others. Our public conduct is a dead giveaway to our internal status, yet we remain blinded in the Johari Window of oblivion. We feed the prevailing culture of violence with our continual arguing and disharmony. We justify it because it is the prevailing system in which we live. Peacemakers are labeled naïve, yet simultaneously we cry out for safe streets.

Greater people than we have modeled how it is done. Their examples tower before us. Cultivating emotional control, humility, and generosity toward others takes effort, like anything else. I suspect propagating such characteristics is foundational to curbing violence that so plagues our society today. We must learn how to handle our conflict, from home to government, to schools, and neighborhoods. Until we learn and model this ourselves, wider problems will not be remedied. Violence will continue unabated.

Our brutality is cultural and systemic. Each can remedy only himself. Look inside for the answer.

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