Peace reflection

Please say these words slowly to yourself. Or perhaps reflect on a single line only to recognize as deeply as possible what power each of us has to be a true peace-maker.  This meditation arose from our most recent (October 2010) retreat at Mana Retreat Centre http://www.manaretreat.com

I have the power to affect others peacefully and compassionately.

Offering careful listening, I bring peace.

Allowing my heart to be open, I bring peace.

Cooling my self-righteousness, I bring peace.

Biting back a hurtful remark, I bring peace.

Questioning my assumptions, I bring peace.

Meeting someone’s gaze, I bring peace.

Vowing kindness, I bring peace.

Forgiving and allowing myself to be forgiven, I bring peace.

Understanding how alike we are, I bring peace.

Accepting difference, I bring peace.

Soothing my anxieties, I bring peace.

Present in the present moment, I bring peace.

Respecting your gift of life, I bring peace.

Recognizing you as a soul, I bring peace.

Knowing each of us is part of an infinite whole, I bring peace.