Seven Practices for Peacemakers
(taken from Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra)
“When a person is established in nonviolence, those in his vicinity
cease to feel hostility.”
This program for peacemakers offers a specific peace practice for you to focus on each day.
1. Sunday: Being for Peace
Today take five minutes to meditate for peace. Put your attention on your heart and inwardly repeat these four words: Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love.
2. Monday: Thinking for Peace
Today introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, then repeat this prayer: Let all beings be happy, loved, and peaceful. Let the whole world experience these things.
3. Tuesday: Feeling for Peace
Today is the day to experience the emotions of peace. The emotions of peace are Compassion, Understanding, and Love.
4. Wednesday: Speaking for Peace
Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from complaints, condemnation, and criticism.
5. Thursday: Acting for Peace
Today is the day to help someone in need. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself: Today I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition.
6. Friday: Creating for Peace
Today, come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict, either in your personal life or your family circle or among friends. Intend to create trust and eliminate hidden hostility and suspicion – the two great enemies of peace.
7. Saturday: Sharing for Peace
Today, share your practice of peacemaking with two people. As more of us participate in this sharing, our practice will expand into a critical mass, reaching many instead of a few.
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