Peace Begins Within

by Sherri Carter, Supervising Editor on

A Note from Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: In celebration of World Peace Day, here are some suggestions for developing and nurturing Inner Peace.

Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me are lyrics from the song Let There Be Peace, written in 1955. This song has long been a staple in churches across America and very popular during Christmas. Now, here for World Peace Day, what can we take from these lyrics to create a peaceful world? Peace begins within each of us, then radiates out into our world. Creating peace within is nurturing a sacred internal space of peace, providing a foundation from which to stand, at all times, even when outer circumstances are less than peaceful. Peace isn’t the absence of all things, experiences or even people who aren’t peaceful. True inner peace transcends outer influences, isn’t swayed, but rather, becomes a source of strength. Here are a few suggestions on how to develop inner peace.

First, to cultivate inner peace, become emotionally attached to and give energy to this space, nurturing peace within. Develop and commit to a Peace Practice. What brings you peace? Even just spending a few minutes focused on peace and breathing supports inner peace.

Second, developing inner peace includes assessing what peace draining situations do you have in your life. It is up to you to determine just how much emotional attachment and energy you give to less than peaceful situations. In these situations, decide how you can stand in alignment with your inner peace.

Finally, some say World Peace is a dream and that it could never happen so why even try? Who knows if it could ever happen, but that doesn’t release us from our responsibility to at least bring peace to our own individual places on this planet.  When we live from a foundation of peace, then it also becomes our responsibility to allow that ripple to flow. We stand for peace and move into promoting that peace out into our world through the actions we take.

While World Peace Day is observed one day each year, you can nurture your own inner peace every day. Ghandi said “be the change you wish to see in the world”. If you wish for there to be World Peace, live a life with a strong foundation for peace. Become a steward of peace within your world, for it is there, World Peace becomes possible.


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago


ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

Thank you:)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Lenee K.
Lenee K5 years ago

Seems like a easier said than done deal, nonetheless it's achievable!

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good to revisit periodically, like an annual day encourages

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

It is easier to preach about peace in the world. Sadly, even within famiies, there could be conflict. There is so much hypocrisy and sugar coated relationships that it is difficult for peace to sink in. As with everything else, we pay lip service to promoting peace when in reality, deep down, there is resentment, judgment,patronizing, bias, anger, apathy ,taking advantage and the like. Do people as a whole really care for others? Reality is, so many could not care less about the next person deep in their hearts.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

thank you

Andy Harris
Andrew Harris5 years ago

The jump from inner peace to world peace in this article is problematic. The reason for this is that we live in a world where there is ongoing conflict on almost every level, not only between humans but within nature as well. The concept of world peace implies that somehow this conflict stops. As this conflict is one of the main drivers of change in life this would result in life becoming to some extent frozen by peace. What is a much better concept than world peace is for a world in which people learn to take their egos out of conflict situations and so deal with conflict constructively rather than destructively....and this would likely involve developing the inner peace that waas mentioned at the beginning of the article.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

great article

Michele Mihlack
Michele Mihlack5 years ago

Peace begins within yourself...and spread it out to others....I don't believe it has to do with religion or society/cultures....I believe everyone has their own way to have a feeling of peace...whether it is religion, spiritual, being outdoors, meditating,'s your own preference, what works for you...not what is considered by society the "right way". For me, it is being near water at a beach, lake, etc...the waves and the stillness attracts me.