Renewal: A Spiritual Practice for Peace

Most of us have a fair amount of turmoil associated with living, working, loving, raising children and tending our elders.  Our turmoil also includes the politics of the world, both at home and abroad.  The threat of more war is real, and we feel it in a variety of ways.  The fear, anger and worry affect our bodies, minds, relationships and spirits.

Here is a meditation/prayer practice that you may find helpful and renewing.  It works like this.  Find a quiet place where you can be alone or with others who join you in this, for just a few minutes.  Light a candle.  After sitting for a moment to center yourself, focus on your breath.  Read the following words, very slowly.   Each verse is made up of two “find” lines a “go within” line and an “action” line.  You may wish to hold your hands out toward the world at the “find” lines and cross them over your heart at the “go within” lines, and pause after the action line to let it sink in.  When you reach the final verse, repeat it at least three times.  You may repeat it as many times as you wish, very slowly, until your body, mind and spirit feel that you have begun your work of peace in the world.

The aim of this practice is to create a place of peace within ourselves AND to extend that place out into the world.  As you practice, may you find the peace you long for.

Bob Patrick

 

Find the key.

Find the core.

Go within.

Stop the war.

Find the breath

Find release

Go within.

Practice peace.

Find the foe.

Find the friend.

Go within.

Make the mend.

Find the light.

Find the dark.

Go within.

Make the mark.

Peace within.

Peace within.

Find it now.

The work begins.

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