Chicago could definitely use some peace. I was listening to the news the other day while driving to work and I heard that last weekend 17 people were murdered in Chicago. They also said that so far this year, there have been over 600 homicides in that city! When I looked up the murder rate in Toronto, a Canadian city with a population comparable to Chicago’s, they’ve had 57 murders so far this year. My mind was also blown when I found out that in Chicago in the month of October alone, there were 70 murders which is more than there have been in the entire year so far in Toronto! What is going on? What is going wrong?
While there are many reasons for this violence and the stress it creates, it often leaves us feeling helpless and hopeless. This is not good for our own health, the health of our families and the well-being of our communities. So what can we do? Mother Teresa, when asked how to create world peace, is quoted as saying, “Go home and love your family.” She’s right. Peace starts at home, but to take that even further, peace starts inside each one of us. Do you think any of the people involved in the murders in Chicago were experiencing inner peace? Obviously not even close! So what can we do to start creating more tranquility in our own lives? Meditation is a great way to start. In fact, I want to share a Peace Meditation video with you this month. Join now to view. (more…)