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Raising Peaceful Children: The Way of PEACE


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

SUNDAY'S PRACTICE: 

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 words:
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?
 
FRIENDS FOREVER:
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!

Peacefully yours,
Sharon

 
 
 



4 Comments to Raising Peaceful Children: The Way of PEACE :

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Pernilla Lillarose on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:16 PM
I Love the last part Sharon, where your kids held hands and said Friends Forever. That's a lovely way to stay present to what is really the truth and an easy way for children to practice it like a game. We do need to repeat and repeat over and over again until our little neural pathways are strong enough to run on their own.
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sharon on Monday, November 30, 2015 10:40 PM
Thanks Pernilla for your comment. You really have a good point here, about the importance of repeating things over and over again. Repetition does "make a point". Seeing that we still talk about this today, and purchase things for each other, with the words, "Friends Forever", the repetition really ingrained the principle. I appreciate you bringing up that point.


Kim Shea on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 2:04 PM
I love your thoughts and practices you put into place with your children. When things get out of hand with my kids I gather them around the table and ask them to say one thing they truly like about each other. It can become emotional but it helps them to remember to value each other and their relationships. It's hard for young children to understand the potential value of the sibling relationship.
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sharon on Monday, November 30, 2015 10:44 PM
Kim, I love the way you gather your children together and have them say one thing they like about each other. That is such a powerful idea. And I'm sure it really makes them think about the goodness in their brother or sister as well as hearing some WONDERFUL compliments about themselves. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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