I inaugurate peace I call upon peace--rise from my soul gather it up store it up stand upon it send it forth generations before called upon peace gathered it up stored it up stood for it sent it forth let the winds of ignorance, greed, and hatred howl we call upon peace to rise generations before brought forth light from their bones radiance of marrow what is most alive will always rise we inaugurate peace
MEDITATION CAN BE like climbing a mountain. First, there is the step-by-step effort of consciously watching the breath. Then, after reaching the summit of peace and clarity, just sitting and enjoying the view. Before we depart from that inner summit, we take time to gather up peace. We invite the soul's peace to pervade our body, mind, emotions, and every situation in our life. We become fully aware of inner peace. We identify it. We notice what it feels like in our body, how it affects us mentally and emotionally. It's like taking in the entire vista--mindfully cultivating the felt sense of being there. When we are ready to conclude our meditation, we decide to take the peace with us that we have gathered up. It is a spiritual resource. We now consciously carry with us an antidote for stress. And, we have enough to share.
Adapted from The Moon Reminded Me, by Ellen Grace O'Brian, just published by Homebound Publications. O'Brian is the founder of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a Kriya Yoga meditation center in California. ellengraceobrian.com
Ellen Grace O'Brian
Caption: Namaste Claudia Tremblay