What is Peaceful?
The definition of peaceful is something characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder. Also, relating to, or characteristic of a state or a time of peace.
Some synonyms for peaceful are steady, smooth, quiet, neutral, harmonious, calm, collected, composed, tranquil, gentle, and mellow.
During World War II, the symbolic use of a hand gesture using the index and middle fingers in the shape of the letter V, for victory, had spread throughout occupied Europe. In July of 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to the V for Victory campaign in a speech, adding to its acceptance. In the 1960s, protesters against the Vietnam War used this emblematic expression as a sign of peace. Hippies of the day often flashed this sign while saying “Peace”. As a result, it became wildly popular and has since been globally accepted as “the peace sign”.
Another token accepted worldwide is the modern peace symbol. This was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for a British campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. This creation was patterned after flag semaphore signals. The vertical line in the center represents the letter D, and the downward lines on either side represent the letter N. Again, the “N” and “D” are short for nuclear disarmament.
Both the hand gesture and the symbol are widely recognized as images used for peace. Recently, a new image has emerged in the form of a bumper sticker and is now printed on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and more. This new symbol has been met with plenty of controversy over groups that were not included. This logo was designed in 2000 by Piotr Mlodozeniec for an entry into a museum contest. It’s been said this was originally developed as a depiction of three religions in peaceful coexistence. Since then, it seems it may have taken on a life of its own and has been found at the center of much debate. The gist is still the same, live in peace with others.
The term “peaceful coexistence” may have been developed in the Soviet Union during the cold war. In a Foreign Affairsarticle, Khrushchev defines peaceful coexistence as “the repudiation of war as a means of solving controversial issues.” It was his way of preventing nuclear war between the two superpowers, and enabling USSR and the eastern block countries to establish trade with USA and its allies. Some definitions of the word peaceful mention that it is a time of peace, free from war.
Peaceful Coexistence with Ourselves
Another definition for the word peaceful is living together in peace rather than in constant hostility. Could this not be applied to us individually? And, not just the way we get along with others, but how we live in harmony with nature and how we calmly communicate from within ourselves.
Who am I? I am not my thoughts; I am this entity who listens to my thoughts. Peaceful thoughts, actions, and behaviors may be challenging from day to day. Our thoughts play a role in how we treat other people, how we treat nature, and how we treat ourselves. Perhaps the point of this blog is just that – try to live in peaceful coexistence with your thoughts. Strive for a mindful existence with an awareness of the atmosphere around you. Try to think with tranquil thoughts, engage in peaceful actions, and live for a peaceful coexistence within yourself, with those whose paths you cross, and on the paths you navigate in nature.
Focus on Peaceful Spirituality
“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
“Everything we do is infused with the energy in which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we are peaceful, life will be peaceful.”
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”