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Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 4)

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Continuing the daily themes for peacemakers, today’s peace practice is:
Speaking for Peace
Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from complaints, condemnation, and criticism.
Your practice is to do at least one of the following:
Tell someone how much you appreciate them.
Express genuine gratitude to those who have helped and loved you.
Offer healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them.
Show respect to someone whose respect you value.
If you find that you are reacting negatively to anyone, in a way that isn’t peaceful, refrain from speaking and keep silent. Wait to speak until you feel centered and calm, and then speak with respect.
Please support my intention for peace by going to Intent.com. Then create your own intention to add the power of your intention toward peace in the world. Share this message with all your friends to create a tidal wave of peace for the planet right now.

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When Gray Is the Only Color

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An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: John McCain and Sarah Palin say it’s time to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Do you agree? What is the right moral choice?
As I remember it, abortion started out as a white-hat issue on almost every front. Before 1973 we were confronted with young women who were victims of guilt and ostracism. Unwanted pregnancies were more shameful back then, because “Illegitimate” was a powerful stigma to attach to a baby. Doctors were forbidden to help without stepping outside the law. By legalizing abortions, shady practices ended and secrets no longer had to be kept so tightly. (The issue of euthanasia is today’s moral equivalent — terminal patients are made to suffer because of someone else’s moral strictures, and as a result the doctors who aid them have compassion on their side but the law against them.) With Roe v. Wade on the books, however, it turned out that abortion was a black-hat issue for Catholics and right-wing fundamentalists. For them, there could be no compromise when it comes to a mortal sin.
But there never was any color except gray when you clear political animosity away. Every stand on the abortion issue leads to “Yes, but.”
— A woman has a right to say what happens to her body. Yes, but shouldn’t the father of the child be given serious consideration?
— A fetus is an unborn human being. Yes, but nobody knows when, if, or how a single fertilized cell becomes human, still less can anyone say when, if, of how the soul enters the body.
— To many devout believers, abortion is a sin. Yes, but do they have a right to impose their concept of sin on society as a whole?
— Abortion is generally a minor procedure with few dangers to the mother. Yes, but many young women therefore use it frivolously, as an alternative form of birth control.
— The state has the right to police medical procedures, including abortion. Yes, but the state has limited rights to police personal morality.
However many shades of gray you want to see, the bottom line is that gray is the only color there is. At this point Roe v. Wade is rather like the plight of the Palestinians. Keeping the argument inflamed has more political value than solving it. Reversing Roe v. Wade would probably be neither a victory nor a defeat for either side. The issue would be turned over to each individual state, and there will always be a tolerant state (e.g., Massachusetts) or a liberal country (e.g., Canada) or a pill you can order online for women who want to terminate a pregnancy. If she is too poor to afford these recourses, there will no doubt be funds available through pro-choice groups.
In the end, I find myself trapped by moral absolutists who have distorted a sensitive issue. As a matter of principle, I side with the pro-choice side, as most physicians do unless their view is colored by religion. I’d rather live in a country where things are allowed unless expressly forbidden, not one where things are forbidden unless somebody expressly allows them. But that doesn’t mean I’m putting on a white hat. There are no white hats in this issue.
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Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 3)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the week-long practices for peace, today’s theme for peacemakers is:
Feeling for Peace
This is the day to experience the emotions of peace. The emotions of peace are compassion, understanding, and love.
Compassion is the feeling of shared suffering. When you feel someone else’s suffering, there is the birth of understanding.
Understanding is the knowledge that suffering is shared by everyone. When you understand that you aren’t alone in your suffering, there is the birth of love.
When there is love there is the opportunity for peace.
As your practice, observe a stranger some time during your day. Silently say to yourself, “This person is just like me.. Like me, this person has experienced joy and sorrow, despair and hope, fear and love. Like me, this person has people in his or her life who deeply care and love them. Like me, this person’s life is impermanent and will one day end. This person’s peace is as important as my peace. I want peace, harmony, laughter, and love in their life and the life of all beings.”
Please support my intention for peace by going to Intent.com. Then create your own intention to add the power of your intention toward peace in the world. Share this message with all your friends to create a tidal wave of peace for the planet right now.

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Becoming a Unit of Peace Consciousness (Part 2)

posted by dchopra

Continuing the weeklong practices for peace, today’s theme for peacemakers is:
Thinking for Peace
Thinking has power when it is backed by intention. Today, introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, then repeat this ancient prayer:
Let me be loved, let me be happy, let me be peaceful.
Let my friends be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let my perceived enemies be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let all beings be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let the whole world experience these things.
Any time during the day if you are overshadowed by fear or anger, repeat these intentions. Use this prayer to get back on center.
Please support my intention for peace by going to Intent.com. Then create your own intention to add the power of your intention toward peace in the world. Share this message with all your friends to create a tidal wave of peace for the planet right now.

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