Creating True Peace: Part 2
Today I ask you to take a pledge for peace and love!
I am sending out a call for love and peace. I know if I could offer a magic pill that would give people inner peace, just about everyone would take it. However, there is no magic bullet for personal evolution. By definition, it takes time to evolve.
But what I will present to you today is the fastest way I found to achieve inner peace; through changing the mind/thoughts.
You can go the path of recognizing the undesired, unhealthy and unproductive thoughts (criticism, judgment, resentment, guilt, blame, anger, fear…) and replacing them with healthy and productive ones. Or you can just start choosing healthy and productive ones.
My last post ended with the directive to ‘Start carrying with you the intention for peace.’ You may want to know “How is that done? How do I become mindful of my intentions?
First off, an intention is like a plan; if there is no follow-up action, it remains with the individual and has no any effect. So the tips provided will move you to action.
1. Tips for Holding an Intention
Some Suggested Affirmations: Choose one or 2; memorize, or copy and carry. Of course, you can create your own. Either way, choose ones that speak to you; that create a peaceful and loving feeling.
- I made a vow for peace and love.
- I seek peace above all else.
- I “rise to the Mind of Love.” (P128- Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World)
- Today I vow to only think thoughts of peace and love and to only speak words of peace and love.
- I only water the seeds of compassion within myself and others.
- I love and accept myself exactly as I am.
- I am peacefully loving at all times.
- My mind is at peace.
- I am peace and love.
- I think and live in peace and love.
Use them whenever you think about them and think about them when you catch yourself thinking or speaking in a way that does not promote peace and love. For me, becoming mindful was about remembering. So I created reminders and triggers to help me remember. The following DIY reminders will help you think of them.
2. DIY Reminders
Wake-up reminders-Leave printed or written banners of your intention on the bathroom mirror, front door, rear-view mirror, with your lunch, anyplace they will be seen. For some people the question will become “Is my peace more important then keeping my home immaculate?” I hope the answer will be yes.
Wearable or Portable Reminders
a. Write Be Peace, Be + peace sign or B + peace sign on a thick rubber band.
b. Write Be Love, Be ♥ or B♥
c. Draw a peace sign or a ♥ on a bottle cap or rock and carry it in your pocket.
d. Imbue an object with your intention of peace and love, or you can buy pendants or objects for their meaning.
3. Triggers: Think about your intentions when you hear, read or think a specific word. Select a word or words that have a connection to your intention. Here are some I came up with. You can create your own.
- Words or objects connected to peace: dove, peace sign, fingers, rainbow, still water, and horizontal lines.
- Words or objects connected to love: heart, family, the color green (heart chakra color) and pink.
Most Americans said the Pledge of Allegiance five days a week for twelve years, but how many of us actually took it to heart? Doctors take an oath, most keep it. People take marriage vows, some keep them. Most professions have an ethical code of conduct the needs to be adhered to, some keep it.
I ask you today to take a pledge for peace and love!
Until I figure out how to create a page for adding your name or your pledge to a list, please let me know that you are with me by leaving your own personal oath or copy and past any of the above listed Intention Statements (affirmations, new thought pattern) that you intend to use.
Wayne Dyer brought the following prayer to my attention and since then, it has become my favorite intention prayer. May it inspire you as well.
Saint Francis of Assisi- Prayer for Peace
Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me so 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 the giving that we receive;
It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in the dying that we are born to eternal life.
May you perceive and receive all your blessings.
With Much Love,
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