“To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.” — Peace Pilgrim
“Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” — The 14th Dalai Lama
Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder also known as “Peace Pilgrim” was a pilgrim for peace. After a 15 year spiritual transformation she spend 28 years walking 25,000 miles. She did this with no money and no organization behind her, “fearlessly calling for international as well as personal disarmament.”
Her message was of “overcoming evil with good, hatred with love and falsehood with truth.” This would be accomplished through stages of maturity. First we must find inner peace; “then peace among individuals, the community, the nation and the world” is possible. She also believed in the power of the mind and that we create our world with our thoughts. Does any of this sound familiar?
Are you ready to be a peace pilgrim? You don’t have to actually go out and walk 25,000 miles. Walking through life with your own inner peace is the way we start. We can all become peace pilgrims.