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With all of the police brutality, racism, and acts of violence against our fellow Americans in the news today, life can feel heavy.

In this article, I will give you Six Ways on how you can bring peace to yourself and others:

1.) Practice self-love.

This may sound simple, but if it were that easy, wed all be better at it.  Everything starts with self. So, before we can love others, we must first love ourselves. How is this achieved?  You can start by identifying positive aspects of yourself, saying them out loud every day, and believing them (affirmations).

Everyone has flaws. So stop focusing on yours. You are more than your shortcomings, inadequacies, or imperfections. In fact, they are what make you, YOU. So embrace them, and move on to focus on all the good that is you. Theres only one you, and youre flawed to perfection.

2.) Practice loving others.

Once you have learned to love yourself, you can love others. How this looks will depend on you and your relationship with the other person. A good rule of thumb is to treat others the way you want to be treated. For example, do you like compliments? Do you like help with chores and errands? Do you appreciate texts or phone calls from your significant other? Do you simply appreciate the little things like pleaseand thank you?

You can even do something as small as holding the door open for someone, telling them to have a good day, extending them a smile, or offering to help them with something. These little acts go a long way.

3.) Forgive yourself.

Again, it starts with self. Its hard to forgive others if you havent forgiven yourself. Maybe you told a lie, or turned a blind eye to an event that hurt someone, or broke a promise. Whatever the case, youre human, thus fallible. You did what you did, because, at that time, it was the best you could do with the knowledge and resources at your disposal.

If theres something you could have done better, then learn the lessons and apply them the next time. You cannot undo whats been done, so forgive yourself and move on.

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4.) Forgive others.

Once you have learned to forgive yourself, you can forgive others. Is there someone you have been holding a grudge against? Are you ignoring someone whos been trying to reach you because youre angry with them? Do you talk bad about someone because they hurt you 20 years ago? 

Forgiveness doesnt let the offender off the hook. It frees you. And if you dont want to be a prisoner in your own mind, then free yourself by forgiving the person who hurt you. Forgiveness neither implies acceptance nor approval. It means youre allowing yourself to heal.

5.) Turn to your Higher Power.

Theres something about a Higher Power that is liberating and comforting. Knowing that something greater and all-knowing is in charge means you have nothing to do. Isnt that great?  You have nothing to do!

Trust your Higher Power to be in control of the things you cant control; set yourself free from being responsible for the outcome of actions and events that are not in your power. Your Higher Powers got this. Not everything is for you to handle. So, manage what you can, and let go of the rest.

6.) Turn to others.

Sometimes, it seems easier to turn inward and be recluse-like rather than open up to others when were in pain. But, sharing our burdens with others can lift the heaviness and make things feel a little more doable.Humans are social beings, and we are meant to be a community.

So, lean on your neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and others. It empowers you and makes them feel good that they helped you. Its a win-win.

 

Get started on these tips right away. Theres no better time than the present. We must start loving and forgiving each other now.

And thats how you start bringing peace to a violent world.

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Dr. Jennifer L. Prince is a counseling psychologist with over 10 year's experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been married for over two decades. She is a lover of animals, Paleo cooking, and purposeful living. Her life's mission is to empower people to break free from old, conditioned patterns, and live a life of happiness, fulfillment, and freedom from suffering.