7 Practices For Peacemakers

From the Audiobook Peace is the Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End by Deepak Chopra.

 

SUNDAY – BEING FOR PEACE

  • Take 5 minutes to meditate for peace– sit quietly with eyes closed, attention on heart and inwardly repeat the words: peace ….. harmony…. laughter…. love –
  • Allow these words to radiate from your heart’s stillness throughout your body
  • End of meditation – “Today I will relinquish all resentments and grievances.”  Bring to mind anyone against whom you have a grievance and let it go.  Send that person forgiveness

MONDAY – THINKING FOR PEACE

Thinking has power when it is backed by intention – Introduce an intention for peace in all your thoughts

Ancient Prayer – (after moment of silence)

Let me be loved; let me be happy;  let me be peaceful
Let my friends be happy, love and peaceful
Let my perceived enemies be happy, loved and peaceful
Let all beings be happy, loved and peaceful
Let the whole world experience these things.

Use this prayer whenever you are overcome by fear or anger throughout the day.

Use this prayer to get back on center

 

TUESDAY – FEELING FOR PEACE

Experience the emotions of peace:

Compassion – feeling of shared suffering. When you feel someone else’s suffering it’s the birth of understanding

Understanding – knowledge that suffering is shared by everyone
When you understand that you aren’t alone in your suffering, there is the birth of love

Love – when there is love, there is the opportunity for peace

Observe a stranger and reflect – “This person is just like me”

Like me:

This person has experienced despair and hope, joy and sorrow, fear and love
This person has people in his/her life who deeply care and love them
This person’s life is impermanent and one day will end
This person’s peace is as important as my peace

I want peace, harmony, laughter and love in their life and the life of all beings

 

WEDNESDAY – SPEAKING FOR PEACE

Purpose of speaking – Create happiness in the listener.

Intention – Every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from criticism, complaints and condemnation

Do at least one of the following practices:

– Tell someone how much you appreciate him/her
– Express genuine gratitude to those who have helped and loved you
– Offer healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them

If tempted to react in negative way that isn’t peaceful, refrain from speaking and keep silent until you’re centered and calm, and then speak with respect.

 

THURSDAY – ACTING FOR PEACE

  • Help someone in need – e.g. child, sick person, older or frail person
  • Bring smile to a stranger’s face
  • Respond with gesture of lovingkindness when hurt or not treated well
  • Send anonymous gift, however small , to someone
  • Offer help without seeking gratitude or recognition

 

FRIDAY – CREATING FOR PEACE

  • Come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict – in personal life, family circle, among friends
  • Try and create an idea that applies to your community, nation, world
  • Change old habit that isn’t working, try looking at someone or a situation in a new way, offer words you never offered before
  • Develop an activity that can bring people together in good feeling and laughter
  • Invite others to come up with creative ideas for positive interactions, bonding experiences
  • Be loose and easy, letting ideas flow and trying anything that has an appeal
  • Bonding leads to trust which is the foundation for peace

 

SATURDAY – SHARING FOR PEACE

  • Share your experience of growing peace
  • Share your peacemaking practice with 2 people and invite them to begin the daily practice– as it expands to a  “critical mass” of peacemakers in the world
  • Connect by e-mail or phone with other peacemakers
  • Assist anyone who wants to become a peacemaker