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.

    Thursday: Acting for Peace
  • Today is the day to help someone in need: A child, a sick person, an older or frail person. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself, "Today I will bring a smile to a stranger's face. If someone acts in a hurtful way to me or someone else, I will respond with a gesture of loving kindness. I will send an anonymous gift to someone, however small. I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition."

    Friday: Creating for Peace

    Today, come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict, either in your personal life or your family circle or among friends. If you can, try and create an idea that applies to your community, the nation, or the whole world.You may change an old habit that isn't working, look at someone a new way, offer words you never offered before, or think of an activity that brings people together in good feeling and laughter.

    Second, invite a family member or friend to come up with one creative idea of this kind on their own. Creativity feels best when you are the one thinking up the new idea or approach. Make it known that you accept and enjoy creativity. Be loose and easy. Let the ideas flow and try out anything that has appeal. The purpose here is to bond, because only when you bond with others can there be mutual trust. When you trust, there is no need for hidden hostility and suspicion, which are the two great enemies of peace.

    Saturday: Sharing for Peace

    Today, share your practice of peacemaking with two people. Give them this information and invite them to begin the daily practice. As more of us participate in this sharing, our practice will expand into a critical mass. Today joyfully celebrate your own peace consciousness with at least one other peace-conscious person. Connect either trough e-mail or phone.

     

  • Share your experience of growing peace.
  • Share your gratitude that someone else is as serious about peace as you are.
  • Share your ideas for helping the world move closer to critical mass.
  • Do whatever you can, in small or large ways, to assist anyone who wants to become a peacemaker.

    The Best Reason to Become a Peacemaker
  • Now you know the program. If you transform yourself into a peacemaker, you won't become an activist marching in the streets. You will not be "anti" anything. No money is required. All you are asked to do is to go within and dedicate yourself to peace.

    It just might work.

    Even if you don't immediately see a decline in violence around the world, you will know in your heart that you have dedicated your own life to peace.

    But the single best reason to become a peacemaker is that every other approach has failed.

    We don't know what number the critical mass is--the best we can hope is to bring about change by personal transformation. Isn't it worth a few moments of your day to end 30 wars around the world and perhaps every future war that is certain to break out?

    Right now there are 21.3 million soldiers serving in armies around the world. Can't we recruit a peace brigade ten times larger?

    A hundred times larger? The effort begins now, with you.