Some years back in the early 2000’s I knew a gentlemen who
had his own business which revolved around the subject of PEACE. He would
purchase cups, shirts, plates, etc and then create gorgeous designs for on
them. I so enjoyed his work.
Going back even further to the 1980’s there was an
organization called “Beyond War”. Small
gathering were held all around the country with the focus on living in a
peaceful manner. TODAY I realize just
how important it is to consciously and actively work toward PEACE. It is something
that just doesn’t happen.
In my program VALUES-BASED PARENTING, parents reflect on
the values that they hold most dear and choose several that they want to focus
on in their family. PEACE is one such
value that they can choose, so that is my focus for this blog.
I know PEACE was one of the values that was very
important to me while raising my children.
I found that I had what I have come to call “bottom lines”. They are principles that were aligned with my core values.
PEACE was one such "bottom line" for me. I always attempted to have the children work
things out. And yet at times, there were those periods of unrest that took
place until things could be worked out.
DEEPAK CHOPRA: PEACE IS THE WAY
Deepak Chopra wrote a book called “Peace is the Way”. In it he has a practice for each day of
the week. His program asks you to become
a peacemaker by following a specific practice every day. Here are the focuses for each day.
Sunday: Being for Peace
Monday: Thinking for Peace
Tuesday: Feeling for Peace
Thursday: Acting for Peace
Friday: Creating for Peace
Saturday: Sharing for Peace
The practices are very short and easy to do. For example on
Sunday he suggests you put your attention on your heart and repeat these four
Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love.
And he suggests you allow the words to radiate from your heart’s
stillness out into your body. And at the
end of the practice say: Today I will relinquish all resentments and
grievances. As I sit with this practice, I'd also suggest you allow those words to radiant out from yourself...to your family...community and the world.
YOU ARE POWERFUL:
Years back I heard it said that ONE person with great intention and love has more "power" or "energy" in what they do than hundreds of others. (I think it was even thousands. I will get the source next time I see this!)
Matt Kahn, a spiritual teacher, suggests a similar practice
of putting your hands on your heart and just saying, "I love you" to
yourself. He also believes that as one
says “I love you” to their own heart, they are sending love to all hearts. Isn’t that a beautiful thought?
When my children were young I came up with a practice which we
still continue to talk and laugh about today. It went like this: After a
disagreement and they had talked the problem out, the kids would cross their hands in front of themselves and join
hands with their sister or brother. Then in a gentle manner, they'd shake their hands up and down 3 times
and say: FRIENDS FOREVER
PEACE is the Way...and I hope you have found your way in life...to live in peace...to be peace...to think peace...to feel peace....to act for peace...to create peace...and to share peace!