On this first day of the New Year, I just completed Deepak Chopra’s seven-day “Be a Peacemaker” course, which was simplistic and to the point. Each day there was a one or two-minute video followed by suggestions on how you can become a peacemaker.
The entire lesson took less than the time I am taking to write this posting, although he asks you to journal on the topic, so that may take a little more time….well spent!
In the last session, he asks us to invite two people to do the course, and I am asking Daily OM how to do that on my website. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the course, Lesson 4, Speaking Peace:
Once words are uttered, they can never be taken back. Hurtful words, unkind words, false gossip can never be unheard once the recipient receives them.
In Buddhist practice, it is recommended that people ask themselves if the words they are about to utter can pass through the four gates of speech, which is as follows:
1. Is it true? 2. Is it kind? 3. Is it necessary? 4. Is it the right moment to say it?
I think that words are very powerful, and as Deepak states, once spoken they cannot be taken back. So if you are experiencing difficulties with a friend or loved one, be careful how and what you say. If we want peace in the world, it has to start with each one of us!
A familiar quote comes to mind after I did this course:
There is no way to PEACE: Peace IS the way!
This is the photo from www.dailyom.com from which I took the course: Be a Peacemaker.
I wish all of you a Happy, Healthful, and Peaceful New Year!