You know who they are. They constantly steal others peace by being rude, angry, obnoxious, disrespectful and just down right mean. You come across Peace Bandits in the grocery line, in traffic, at work, in school, and sometimes in your own family. You were having a good day and then all of a sudden, bam! Out of the blue they hit you with a rude remark or an insult that leaves you reeling and shocked. You didn't deserve that! So what do you do? Push back? Sling an insult back at them? Attack in some other way? That seems to be the typical response but there is another way.
Instead of making it about them and how THEY have to change, why not take a look at yourself. If you are truly in a state of peace even a Peace Bandit can't steal it from you. When others trigger you, take a look at your action or reaction. Is it loving and kind? Does it come from the heart or a place of anger? How can you stay in a place of peace when someone is taunting you and maybe even trying to bully you? It's simple.
Eckhardt Tolle teaches us, “See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”
Now speaking out does not mean to yell back or to insult the other person. It means to lovingly and kindly speak your truth. It may fall on deaf ears but at least you said it. If you really feel that it will not do any good to speak your truth then try to take action but again in a loving and kind way. If that is not an option or does not work then leave it or accept it. Accept the other person the way they are and see the lessons they offer. Accept it as an opportunity to grow and evolve. Look within yourself and try to understand why you are being triggered.
It is especially important for children to learn this simple but life changing rule. Kids can be very cruel, even worse than adults. Young hearts can be very hurt by words and actions and not understand or know how to handle it. Let them know that it has nothing to do with them and that the other person is only acting out of a place of fear. I'm not saying that the actions of others should go without consequences but let’s look at our own actions first before we try to change someone else. Once we can stand in our own peace regardless of the situation Peace Bandits won't have any effect on us. They are on their own path and we are on ours. No judgement, just different levels of awareness and consciousness.
So how do we do this? It's a journey into one's self to find out what makes us tick and what makes us explode. Find these trigger points and diffuse them. There are many ways to do this. One way is through energy work such as biofeedback and Reiki. Meditation, yoga, and affirmations are some others. Whatever path you choose, choose what speaks to you. If it brings you peace and understanding so you can come from a place of love regardless of the situation, you will be rich beyond your imagination and you've taken a very large step towards peace on earth. Sound farfetched? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s worth a try. So march on, chin up, and keep the peace within and the Peace Bandits won’t stand a chance!