The Practice of Peace

{For more on cultivating peace, read Michelle’s new memoir/manifesto, Yoga Schmoga}

Try This Super, Simple Peace Mantra Meditation

With each breath cycle, in your mind, repeat:

Inhale: “I am”

Exhale: “Peace”

Check out these brilliant ideas from Awakening to the Sacred by Lama Surya Das:

Plant a tree. The Buddha exhorted his monks to plant at least one tree every year to repay the earth for its abundance.

Make peace with yourself by grounding yourself and giving yourself permission to rest. Rest is sacred.

Make peace with the Divine by connecting to your inner goodness or by saying a prayer.

Work for peace in every possible way, every day. Gentle yourself and be peace.

Help a life; help a soul. The Talmud says that to save one life is to save the whole world.

In an essay titled, “Hope, Despair and Memory,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel wrote, “Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Be peace, don’t just talk about it.”

Om shanti, shanti, shanti. Peace, peace, peace.

PEACE BEGINS WITH ME.

Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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