Saturday, September 08, 2007

Practicing peace

I found this on the website Spirituality and Practice:
Christian peace activist John Dear met the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and came to know him personally while Dear was serving as director of the Fellowship for Reconciliation. He shares a touching personal anecdote about his own hyper-seriousness and then says of Nhat Hanh: "I wish I could be more like him, because in his peace, I find Christ and learn more about Christ. I also wish that more Catholic priests, nuns, Jesuits and activists could practice peace as seriously as he does." Dear closes with an account of a morning walking meditation led by Nhat Hanh and the monks. Two elks stood just 20 yards away and watched the silent procession go by, seeming to savor the intimations of peace coming from thousand-or-so participants.
Just for today, let's all practice peace. Perhaps you can say with Thich Nhat Hanh, "Present moment, wonderful moment!" as a mantra. Or simply affirm in a deep place within that it is not necessary to be in conflict.

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