Last night I needed to do some serious soul searching about what it means to be a peaceful person. I have been re-reading the book by the peace pilgrim, and I have been re-watching, on YouTube, the interviews with Scaughdt. The overwhelming thing I came to realize is that to be a truly peaceful person, we must be more committed to peace and the betterment of others than we are to our feelings of entitlement, privilege, freedom, or prerogative. We must be motivated to act out of love for the other, and to act in kindness for no other reason than because we genuinely and truly seek the other’s well-being. To think that our happiness is not integrally linked to the happiness, well-being, and contentedness of those around us is asinine, shortsighted, and egocentric.

Limbic resonance is a concept of empathic harmony arising from the limbic system of the brain. It was first advanced in the book A General Theory of Love (2000). It refers to the capacity for empathy and non-verbal connection that is present in animals, and that forms the basis of our social connections as well as the foundation for various modes of therapy and healing. According to the authors (Thomas Lewis, M.D, Fari Amini, M.D. and Richard Lannon, M.D.), professors of psychiatry at UCSF, our nervous systems are not self-contained, but rather demonstrably attuned to those around us with whom we share a close connection. “Within the effulgence of their new brain, mammals developed a capacity we call ‘limbic resonance’ — a symphony of mutual exchange and internal adaptation whereby two mammals become attuned to each other’s inner states.

How powerful are our thoughts. They can make us physically ill. They can give us grey hair or cause us to loose it all together. Beaten dogs loose their coats, exude a putrid smell, and become pusillanimous. Thinking happy thoughts causes us to smile; negative thoughts a frown. The imperative then is to be sugar amongst the bitter; the sweetness in a caustic environment. But, it is more than just simply faking it, it is a change of mindset and of thought pattern, one must BE that difference. As Gandhi stated so eloquently, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. They can be a powerful influence for good when they’re on the positive side, and they can and do make you physically ill when they’re on the negative side. I don’t eat junk foods, and I don’t think junk thoughts! Let me tell you, junk thoughts can destroy you even more quickly than junk food. Junk thoughts are something to be wary of.”

“If you’re harboring the slightest bitterness toward anyone, or any unkind thoughts of any sort whatever, you must get rid of them quickly. They are not hurting anyone but you. It isn’t enough to just to do right things and say right things–you must also think right things before your life can come into harmony.”