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Vol. 10 pg 11 (03-17-11)

AFFIRMATION

I see Peace Sweeping our world now!

This week we had a wonderful meeting to plan the upcoming UCM annual meeting and conference May 14th and 15th.  Our theme this year is PEACE . . . The New Normal.

It is time to become involved in bringing peace into our lives. We have become more and more acceptant of anger, frustration, murders and war as a part of our everyday life. Each one of us needs to change our thinking into one of peace and understanding, with consideration of each other and ourselves!

How can we do this? We need to remember that PEACE begins with us! I received the following and felt with all of the world upheaval and anxiousness – it was worth passing on to the JFN readers.

Peace must sweep over our planetary world now.

For this we pray.  Peace, peace, peace.

This is a peaceful reminder to continue your meditations

Based on the writings of Deepak Chopra on Peace.

The approach of personal transformation is the idea of the future for ending war. It depends on the only advantage that people of peace have over war makers:  sheer numbers. If enough people in the world transformed themselves into peacemakers, war could end. The leading idea here is critical mass. It took a critical mass of human beings to embrace electricity and fossil fuels, to teach evolution and adopt every major religion. When the time is right and enough people participate, critical mass can change the world. Can it end war?

There is precedent to believe that it might. The ancient Indian ideal of Ahimsa, or non-violence, gave Gandhi his guiding principle of reverence for life. In every spiritual tradition it is believed that peace must exist in one’s heart before it can exist in the outer world. Personal transformation deserves a chance.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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Can it end war, anger and anxiousness?

There is precedent to believe that it might. The ancient Indian ideal of Ahimsa, or non-violence, gave Gandhi his guiding principle of reverence for life. In every spiritual tradition it is believed that peace must exist in one’s heart before it can exist in the outer world. Personal transformation deserves a chance.

When a person is established in non-violence, those in his vicinity cease to feel hostility.

– Patanjali, ancient Indian sage

Seven Practices for Peace

The program for peacemakers asks you to follow a specific practice every day, each one centered on the theme of peace.

Sunday:  Being for Peace

Monday:  Thinking for Peace

Tuesday:  Feeling for Peace

Wednesday:  Speaking for Peace

Thursday:  Acting for Peace

Friday:  Creating for Peace

Saturday:  Sharing for Peace

Our hope is that you will create peace on every level of your life. Each practice takes only a few minutes. You can be as private or outspoken as you wish. But those around you will know that you are for peace, not just through good intentions but by the way you conduct your life on a daily basis.

Sunday:  Being for Peace

Today, take 5 minutes to meditate for peace. Sit quietly with your eyes closed. Put your attention on your heart and inwardly repeat these four words: Peace, Harmony, Laughter, and Love. Allow these words to radiate from your heart’s stillness out into your body. As you end your meditation, say to yourself, “Today I will relinquish all resentments and grievances.” Bring into your mind anyone against whom you have a grievance and let it go. Send that person your forgiveness.

Monday:  Thinking for Peace

Thinking has power when it is backed by intention. Today, introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, and then repeat this ancient prayer:

Let me be loved, let me be happy, let me be peaceful.
Let my friends be happy, loved, 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.

Tuesday:  Feeling for Peace

This is the day to experience the emotions of peace. Emotions of peace are compassion, understanding, and love. Compassion is a feeling of shared suffering. When you feel someone else’s suffering, there is the birth of understanding. Understanding is the knowledge that suffering is shared by everyone. When you understand that you aren’t alone in your suffering, there is the birth of love.

When there is love there is the opportunity for peace.

As your practice, observe a stranger some time during your day. Silently say to you, “This person is just like me. Like me, this person has experienced joy and sorrow, despair and hope, fear and love. Like me, this person has people in his or her life who deeply care and love them. Like me, this person’s life is impermanent and will end. This person’s peace is as important as my peace. I want peace, harmony, laughter, and love in their life and life of all beings.”

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.  Your practice is to do at least one of the following:

  • Tell someone how much you appreciate them.
  • Express genuine gratitude to those who help and love you.
  • Offer healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them.
  • Show respect to someone whose respect you value.
  • If you are reacting negatively to anyone, in a way that isn’t peaceful, refrain from speaking and keep silent. Wait to speak until you feel centered and calm, and then speak with respect.

Thursday:  Acting for Peace

Today is the day to help someone in need: A child, a sick person, or an older person. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself, “Today I will bring a smile to a stranger’s face. If someone acts in a hurtful way to me or someone else, I will respond with a gesture of loving kindness. I will send an anonymous gift to someone, however small. I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition.”

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. If you can, create an idea that applies to your community, the nation, or the whole world. You may change an old habit, look at someone a new way, offer words never offered before, or think of an activity bringing people together in good feeling and laughter.

Second, invite family members or friends to come up with one creative idea.  Creativity feels best when you think up the new idea or approach. Make it known that you accept and enjoy creativity. Be loose and easy. Let ideas flow and try out things that have appeal. The purpose is to bond, because only when you bond with others can there be mutual trust. When you trust, there is no need for hidden hostility and suspicion, which are the two great enemies of peace.

Saturday:  Sharing for Peace

Today, share peacemaking with two people. Give them this information and invite them to begin daily practice. As more of us participate in this sharing, our practice will expand into a critical mass. Celebrate your own peace consciousness with at least one other peace-conscious person today.  Connect through e-mail or phone.

Share your experience of growing peace.  Share your gratitude that someone else is as serious about peace as you are.  Share your ideas for helping the world move closer to critical mass.  Do whatever you can, in small or large ways, to assist anyone who wants to become a peacemaker.

The Best Reason to Become a Peacemaker

If you transform yourself into a peacemaker, you won’t become an activist marching in the streets. You will not be “anti” anything. No money is required. All you are asked to do is to go within and dedicate yourself to peace.  It just might work!

Even if you don’t immediately see a decline in violence around the world, you will know in your heart that you have dedicated your own life to peace. The single best reason to become a peacemaker is that every other approach has failed.

We don’t know what number the critical mass is–the best we can hope is to bring about change by personal transformation. Isn’t it worth a few moments of your day to end 30 wars around the world and perhaps every future war that is certain to break out?

There are 21.3 million soldiers serving in armies around the world. Can’t we recruit a peace brigade ten times larger? A hundred times larger? The effort begins now, with you.

When a critical mass of people focus on a

similar intent, a shift occurs.

Deep peace of the Running Wave to you.

Deep peace of the Flowing Air to you.

Deep peace of the Quiet Earth to you.

Deep peace of the Shining Stars to you.

Deep peace of the God/Goddess to you.

And now – some humor

After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. “Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!” The pastor was thrilled. “No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why.” “Well – it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!”

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