Want to live a more peaceful life? What better way to do that than to read and implement Mahatma Gandhi quotes. The man stood for non-violence and had insights into how to live a more peaceful and loving life. In fact, he could clearly see how to banish violence, and I imagine that it had to frustrate him that people were not understanding it themselves. But, many people did, and you can as well by taking the following Mahatma Gandhi quotes to heart.
1. Stop Complaining And Start Doing
Tired of what is happening in the world? Stop focusing on it and start spending your time more wisely.
Start doing the things that you want to see more of in the world. Little acts of kindness and compassion have the potential to influence many people around you and even people who are not around you through the domino effect. In other words, by doing what needs to be done for more happiness and peace in the world, you are infecting other people with your goodwill and encouraging them to do the same.
Trust me, sitting around complaining is not going to make a change in the world. Well, that’s not entirely true. It may make the world worse off through the domino effect. Therefore, pick your action today. Make the world a better place or a worse one. You always have a choice.
2. One Of Your Best Features Is Forgiveness
You have the power to forgive everyone in your life, and by doing so you can remain in charge of your own life. You can see people with more loving eyes. You can be kinder and more supportive of other people on their quest in life. And you can react in a much more favorable way for happiness and peace in life. It takes strength to do that.
If you don’t forgive, then anger, hurt, pain, and revenge will be a part of your life, much like it is in the world. A lot of the hate going around today is because of the inability to forgive, and it affects everything it touches negatively.
Weak-minded people who react quickly and feel controlled by others don’t forgive. They fight to show how strong they are, but all they are trying to do is prove that they are strong. If they were actually strong in character, then someone else’s words or actions wouldn’t affect them at all.
Don’t be a part of that negative energy. Choose to showcase one of your best features, forgiveness, and show how strong you really are.
3. Knowledge Is Power
What’s the point of learning as much as possible? You are just going to die anyways, right? That’s the viewpoint that many people take. They would rather save their brain power for more useful things, like – well, watching TV, complaining, and other completely useless stuff.
The fact is that learning gives you power. It gives you a broader awareness that helps you be happier and healthier. It gives you a sense of understanding, not just of yourself, but of other people, which allows you to be more compassionate. It allows you to become better and make more out of your life. It allows you to contribute more to the world, which is a great way to live a more peaceful life and influence other people to do the same.
4. Get Emotional About What You Want
Don’t pray for more peace, love, and understanding in the world if you are not feeling emotional about it. Saying the words without emotion won’t cause you to take action on bringing your prayers to life. It is the emotion that inspires you to do something to change your life and the life of the people around you.
If you want something, find a way to get emotional about it. Feel the love or happiness that will come from having your prayers answered, and then follow the clues you get on how to bring what you want most to life.
5. Choose How You React
This is one of those Mahatma Gandhi quotes that may make you step back and think about how you want to react in life. A lot of people think they are going to get even with someone who is physically hurtful towards them. They feel rage, and they feel like the only way to take their power back is to react with violence. But, that actually does the exact opposite. It takes away their power as they let someone else influence how they act in life.
That’s why it is important to choose how you react to things. Non-violence allows you to move on from the situation with a clean conscience and a sense of peace. It doesn’t promote the negative energy any further, and it sometimes kills it in its tracks.
For example, my neighbor is very mean. She is physically violent with people, and she enjoys a good confrontation or even neighborly war. I chose not to react to her with violence, and because my energy was so different than hers, she stopped interacting with me completely. Like attracts like. If you react with violence, you will get more violence. But if you react to violence with love, you can repel it.
Obviously Mahatma Gandhi died in a violent way, which may make some people question this point. But the truth is that acting in non-violent way is always the better option to promote more peace and love in your life and in the world around you.
6. Lead By Example
When I was younger, I had a religious friend who had parents that would preach and preach and preach to me. Yet, they didn’t live by the example that they preached and I came to the conclusion that they were great big fakes. They didn’t convince me of anything because they were not showing me that what they believed was actually a good way to live. Moreover, they never convinced me that they were actually happy with the stuff they talked about.
However, later in life, I had a friend who was the kindest person I’ve ever met. She never got mad. She never said mean things about other people. She never preached. She was loving and understanding and patient. She convinced me that her way of doing things was good for the mind and soul, because I could see it in her and in myself when I was around her. And her example influenced me in a big way, enough that I made some huge changes to my life.
In other words, if you want to influence yourself in a positive way, and the people around you in a positive way, practice what you believe instead of preaching it. If you believe in peace and love, practice it. Be a shining example of it. You will convince yourself that you are being of love, and you will convince other people that your way of living is worth trying out.
7. Love Everyone And Everything
This is one of my favorite Mahatma Gandhi quotes to remember at all times. If you want to live a more peaceful life, feel love for everyone and everything that crosses your path. The angry driver, the homeless man, the dog, the bird, the flower, and everything else that you come across should not be looked down upon, ignored, or hated, but seen with a loving eye.
See yourself as equal to others and feel a sense of connection. That’s the way to minimize those negative feelings of anger, hate, and jealousy. It is the way to keep a clear mind and a happy heart so that you can feel good about life and your place in it.
If you have a hard time doing this, try to see everyone and everything as a spirit or energy. We are all energy. We are all connected in some way. If you see yourself as similar to everyone and everything, and then feel that connection that comes from being so similar, you will have a much easier time being a friend to all living things.
8. Don’t Be A Coward In Life
Fear helps you avoid doing stupid things. It can literally save your life. But being a coward does nothing but hold you back from being the person you want to be or being the example that you want to be. If you are too afraid to stand up for what is right or what you want in life, then you will never get it or achieve it. Never.
If you want more peace in your life, be your own hero. Stand up for what’s right. Take action on your happiness and health. Show others that you are willing to do what needs to be done. You will feel less regret and more satisfaction, which will bring you more peace.
9. Don’t Try To Do It All
Get a passion in life and stick to it as long as you have it. If it is doing good in the world and making you happy, then there is no need to do more and more and more and more. You have the capability to bring peace to your life and other people’s lives through one act. In fact, many of the greatest leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi, are known for one great thing they did. Their talks, their kindness, their help, their donations, or their work.
The trick is to do the best you can. If you work at something hard, and keep your focus on it, then you will surpass other people in that area and get noticed. If your intention is to promote a better life for yourself and other people, then this is a good thing! Getting noticed means more support and more success in the long run. Therefore, it is better to do one thing really well than a thousand things alright.
10. Don’t Let Anyone Influence You
Negative people are the people who will try to influence you the most. They will scare you away from finding peace. They will encourage you to be ruthless, mean, and arrogant. They will provoke the negative beast inside of you until you feel crappy about your life and everyone in it. But, only if you let them.
The great thing about your mind is that it’s yours! You have the power to choose what you think, what you believe, and how you perceive things, and nobody can sway you one way or the other unless you allow them. So, remember this quote as someone tries to affect your mind negatively. Refuse to let anyone with dirty feet walk through your mind and influence how peaceful or happy your life is.
11. Be Kind To Those That You Could Easily Hurt
This is one of those Mahatma Gandhi quotes that I think can teach a powerful lesson in life. Animals can be abused to the point of death. They can’t do anything about it. But what does that say about the person who is inflicting the pain? What does that say about that person’s compassion, character, and morals? What does that say about the society they are living in that influences their beliefs?
If you are kind to animals, children, and anyone else who cannot defend themselves, you are truly living a peaceful and compassionate life. You don’t have to be kind. You don’t have to help them live or flourish or be happy. But you do because taking care of what cannot take care of itself is a way to promote happiness and health.
And, the magical thing is that animals, children, and people who cannot take care of themselves, are the most loving and peaceful things on Earth. They contribute to the world in a very positive way just by being here and being an example of what true love and peace is really about. You have the chance to nourish their potential.