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Does your soul yearn for a peaceful planet? Would you like to help bring about a sustainable peace for the planet, without waiting for the next peace march? Good news: most peacemaking has nothing whatever to do with making signs and marching through your city.
We now begin the second week of the annual Season for NonViolence (SNV). During the SNV, we celebrate nonviolent solutions on every level. In examining strife, we often see there is something in our personal selves that needs love, education, understanding, or healing. The more we find peace within, the more we express peacefully with others. In that peaceful relating, we contribute to world peace. Today’s theme is healing.
Have you ever had a traumatic experience? Would you like to lighten up the power of those bad memories? Are you ready for some release and healing? Today we are invited to experiment with a mantram (yes, a word related to mantra), a holy name or phrase, repeated again and again with calming effects.
Depending on your faith tradition, you may want to try one of the names by which you address your Divine, for example: Jesus; Lord Jesus Christ; Allah; Rama (Ghandi’s mantram: eternal joy within). A short phrase may also serve you : Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you [me]; Om Shanti (invocation to eternal peace); om nama shivaya (I bow to the Divine within). Consider joyfully playing with different mantrams, and experiencing which may take you deeper. After you have a session or two with your repeated mantram, consider the traumatic experience you wanted to lighten up. Doesn’t it feel less heavy now? Or have your feelings about it begun to dissolve? Is it only a set of facts now? Or from that pain, was there some kind of turning point or “gift”, some insight that has helped you deal with life differently since the trauma?
Here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 8:
DAY 8 Feb. 6: The thought for today is HEALING. Poet and activist, Maya Angelou turned a traumatic childhood experience into a catalyst for creativity and achievement. She used this experience as a reason to bring peace to the world.
We all have had such experiences, sometimes holding on to the experience for a very long time. A mantram is a wonderful way to resolve conflict we hold in our mind and one of the best times to repeat the mantram is while falling asleep at night. Tuck yourself in, close your eyes, and start repeating your mantram. Between the last waking moment and the first sleeping moment, there is an opening into deepest consciousness. You can send your mantram in through that opening, repeating itself in your sleep, healing old wounds and restoring your peace of mind.
Today: I will reflect on an incident in my life to find the “gift” it has brought me. I will write down two ways I can use this memory to become a more creative and peaceful person. Consciously, I share this gift with others.
● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (on Amazon.com >Books>Button) and the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (on Amazon.com >Books>Buckley). She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.
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