A Simple Discipline: Practice Peace

 

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

While most of us want to think of ourselves as peace-loving people we may sometimes find it difficult to practice what we preach.  Even the best of us allow ourselves to become all riled up due to circumstances or even people.  There may even be one particular person in your life who seems to be assigned to helping you (although it often feels like forcing you) to learn to practice peace.  You know who I’m talking about.  That person who walks into a room and every muscle tightens, your blood pressure rises and you are ready for a fight.  They don’t have to even do anything but be there.

We need to see these people as the teachers they are.  They come into our lives to help us learn to live peace and to see the Divine in all people, even the ones who don’t have to do anything to really tick us off.

There are tools we can use to help us learn to practice peace.  This ancient Tibetan Buddhist blessing is a beautiful one.

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

When we learn to say this blessing while seeing a person we may have difficulty with in our minds, we are on our way to learning to practice peace in our daily lives.  Remember the first step to peace in the world is peace in our hearts.

11 thoughts on “A Simple Discipline: Practice Peace”

  1. “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

    O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”

    – St Francis of Assisi
    from
    http://www.momsgarden.wordpress.com
    and
    http://www.peacepursuit.wordpress.com

  2. What if, no matter what, that one person still causes our muscles to clench, our pulse to race, our stomach to fill with butterflies? I’m not mocking. I struggle with this very issue.

    1. Me too. You keep trying. There are people I have trouble seeing as the expression of God. As someone who espouses love and unity this troubles me greatly. But the more guilt I feel the more entrenched the anger, fear or other negative feelings become. I’m learning to stop and take a deep breath. Stopping to see the human side of the person and what they may be struggling with has helped as has the loving kindness meditation. You have to keep doing these things, which can be difficult. I am also learning that I can appreciate someone as the unique expression of God they are, even if they may never be my best friend.

      Thank you for your comment Carrie, no offense was taken. I understand this one a little too well. 🙂

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