Peace Within Allows Us to Offer More of Ourselves

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, the column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace encourages us to bring peace from our inner world.

Hello to all, thank you for making This Week In Peace a destination on the endless journey of digital reading. This is a column that details what happens during the Dance of Peace, as well as simple ways to integrate the energy of peace into our daily lives. Rest assured that peace is more than just a feeling or a concept. It is an active verb, always there for us. We can act within the confines of peace at any time. This week, we will explore the practical applications of this useful activity, and it’s power to make changes in our world.

The potential to create peace spontaneously is good news. It’s exciting to ponder what each of us is capable of with focused intent. First, though, why should we bother with the time and effort that it takes to create peace? The answer to this question should be rooted in selfishness for all of us! Taking care of our personal wellbeing is one of the most important things we can do to help foster peace. Without a vested interest in self-care and love, we become internally compromised, with little to offer to others in terms of peace. Make peace within by doing away with all mental patterns of criticism of the self. What if we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see? What if we perceive others to be brighter or more fortunate than ourselves? If the mirror disappoints, make needed adjustments, then quickly move on! Choose a different activity, one that brings happiness. Advertising and the media spend countless dollars encouraging us to constantly critique our appearances. It is a game that we can decide not to play. Go have fun doing something else! This small personal choice will contribute to the peace of everyone in our realm. 

Next, let’s apply Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Tried and true, yet this tendency can occur instantly, before we have time to think. Mindfulness can help us be victorious here. We don’t have to dwell in the negative space of comparing ourselves to others. Truly, there is no comparison. Each of us is fully unique, with our own strengths and challenges to work with. Celebrating that instead of lamenting it contributes to peace in the most important place there is: The inner world. Accessible techniques of consciously creating peace can begin right now. There is no need to analyze these practices beforehand. Simply apply them and reap the rewards.

Miette Ramirez, college Rocky Horror Picture Show dancer
Miette Ramirez, college Rocky Horror Picture Show dancer.

This week, there was a very special Dance of Peace on April 2nd. This dance was fully dedicated to expressing gratitude for the joy of life and its experiences. As always, it was open to the public. Anyone who wishes is welcome to join the dance. There were four of us dancing this day in downtown San Jose. We had drums and a rattle for added musical whimsy. Two teenagers dressed in cheerleading gear watched closely. The pair exchanged apprehensive glances, then shouted,

“Can we come dance with you?”  We welcomed them immediately. They called two more dancers to join in. Now there were eight of us, a record for the Dance of Peace thus far! These young dancers commanded attention with their stunning formations and practiced, synchronized dancing. They were excited to show us their newest dance. One of the teens asked, “Have you heard of Rihanna?” We laughed and told her that we had. We shared our music and the group performed a beautiful dance to the Rhianna song, “Work.” They told us about how they normally get yelled at by adults whenever they try to dance out in public. Mysterious! It was joyful to facilitate a platform where peaceful dancing with new folks can occur at any moment! Thanks and see you out there! 

 

***New Hours/Location for the weekly Dance of Peace Performances:
Sundays 11am, Campbell Farmer's Market Tuesdays 12 noon, San Carlos and Meridian, San Jose

 

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This article is part of the categories: Arts & Culture  / Community  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Dancer of Peace  / Inner Peace  / Khalilah Ramirez  / Peace  / Peace Dancer  / This Week in Peace 

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