Peace Through Understanding

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

Albert Einstein

This is one of my favorite quotes, because it’s so true! Peace cannot exist without understanding. In my experience, the more we understand about ourselves and each other, the more at peace we are in our relationships with other people and ourselves.

For example, learning more about why we do the things we do and make the choices we make can genuinely help so much when it comes to our sense of peace. The more we know about ourselves, the easier it is to seek the things that will bring us the most peace. Pay attention to the places, people, and activities that make you feel the most zen and fulfilled. Maybe it’s a coffee shop with your best friend talking about life or somewhere hammocking in nature while reading a good book. It could even just be hanging out with people you love! Whatever sparks your zen, hone in on it and think about why. Once you know why, find things that have that same factor.

The same goes for relationships with other people. The more you understand yourself, the better relationships you will have, because you will know and communicate your needs and boundaries better. Understanding others plays a key role too. If we can understand why people do the things they do, we will automatically have a better relationship with them. This is because hurt people hurt people. If we can understand the hurt driving a person’s actions, we take it less personally if they hurt us, because we can understand where it comes from. The opposite is true as well. Learning about a person’s love language can help us to value their love more and love them in the ways they value most, thus leading us to be more at peace in our relationships!

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