Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Buddha (560-483 B.C.)
Bless Kindle free books. I was trolling Freebooksifter and found a short meditation on four words which I have been using ever since.
The words are light, love, peace and forgiveness. For each word you make three statements. Although it is not the first word, I start with peace because it sets me up in a meditative state for the rest of the meditation. “I am peace, only peace” and I try to feel at one with peace. “I am filled with peace” – I imagine peace flooding my body, leaving no room for anything negative. Finally, “I am surrounded by peace” – I feel peace like an aura, protecting my spirit from the cacophany of daily life.
I come back to “peace” throughout the day. Traffic: “peace” and the noise and friction are somehow distanced. Feeling rushed against time: “peace” takes me like a small craft, to do lists curling away to either side like waves. Rubbed up the wrong way by a neighbour: “peace” smooths my hackles like a stroked cat.
The book is well worth reading in depth and the full meditation works deep within. I use it to start and end my day. But the power of “peace” used while waiting for a light to change, riding up in an elevator, cutting carrots or wrapped in a soft towel is transformative. The mind’s chatter lulls into the “peace that passes all understanding.”
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One-Minute Meditation on Four Words by Sebastian Dackow