What if we had a ministry of peace?

First International Yoga Day

I tend to ask myself in contemplation, probably like many of us do, what it is that makes us such enemies to ourselves at times?

Laura Schummer at the Taj Mahal

‘Be mindful of your words’, they say, ‘because once a day, the goddess Lakshmi sits on your tongue and whatever we say in that very moment comes true.’

And I can’t help but wonder if the answer may be a very pure and simple one, like DUHHHHH – and that our mere tendency to be short-sighted and dramatic might be obscuring it.

And I have been wondering what the shift is that needs to happen, in the social paradigms as we know them, for us to be at peace, with ourselves and with each other.

So I’ve been growing this unfinished thought…

‘What if we had a ministry for peace, and we gave it the glorification and budgets that we give defence ministries?

What if tending to our own inner peace was the law? 

What if the law instructed us to actively care for others?

What if we worked towards having balanced lives, from the root on up, with the same seriousness and passion we use to fight against whatever it is we’re fighting against?

What if learning to take a breath and to settle into a moment was inspired by example with the same discipline we use to teach the knowledge written by others?

What if…?

And this morning, as I settled onto my mat with a few hundred yogis for the International Yoga Day in Luxembourg, I was informed of two things I did not know and that made my heart smile:

  1. India set up a Ministry for Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine last year.
    I then googled: ‘Yoga should not be just an exercise for us, it should be a means to get connected with the world and with nature.’ (India’s Prime Minister Modi)
  2. The UN, whose number 1 purpose is to ‘maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace (…)’, have proclaimed the 21st of June as the International Day of Yoga and by doing so (un.org) ‘the General Assembly has recognised the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.’ BAN KI-MOON, United Nations Secretary-General

YAY, things ARE happening :-)

I’ll finish off with a quote I love, from the Dalai Lama:

The planet does not need more successful people.

The planet desperately needs more peace makers, healers, restorers, story tellers and lovers of all kinds.’ (and coaches and yogis…)

… and what if we had an army of all these people?