Peace, Love, Unity, Respect
by Rach Gee via SandbookNet
Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. When a certain song rotated onto my play-list, I was reminded of this phrase from the acid house music scene. It was coined in the mid-1980’s when the words Peace, Love and Unity were often used in visuals during parties. It wasn’t until an outburst by DJ Frankie Bones in retaliation to a fight that Respect was added to the mantra. The four words have very solid definitions within the music scene.
Peace – Hostility typically serves no purpose other than to defend an ego that is lacking inner peace. It is a common belief among the rave culture that violence is never the answer.
Love – Acts and feelings of goodwill towards all others. The exchange of gestures such as hugging can be seen in immense amounts at any rave; this being a way of “spreading the love.”
Unity – We are all united in the human condition.
Respect – A person must show regard for the feelings of others through their actions and inaction, and one must have respect for oneself.
With the song thundering through my headphones, I could feel the sheer amount of love that the song carried. It felt as if it had been created with this phrase in mind, a subliminal reminder to all who heard it: Love each other, and do so unconditionally. Forgive and be forgiven. Bring peace and calm to a stormy world.
Yet, these four, small words are also ones which we can live our own lives by. They are especially valuable to the pen-palling community which, like the various sub genres of music, is a tiny, tight knit fellowship in itself. We are many different people from many walks of life who, through the medium of letters, come together and share our lives. It’s a wonderful past time and, for the most part, we do remember those four, essential words.
But, as with everything, there are times we don’t. There are times when we feel sick, when we feel low, when we feel alone in a world that is far greater than we can fathom. And that’s when our friends step into the light to help us through whatever is happening in our lives. We are very blessed to be a part of this beautiful little world, to be able to share and help, and all it costs us is a stamp. How many other people can say that? How many other people can say that they drop a letter into the post box and receive the same amount of love that they’ve sent out? How awesome is our little world because of that?!
We write our letters with love, we are generally peaceful, we are united through our love of letters and respect each other because of our unity.
How about if you’re not feeling this mantra? How do you find that point of peace and love in your life once more? How do you reclaim it?
Meditation is a good way to recentre yourself. You don’t need any fancy equipment and you can do it anywhere. Find a quiet place and sit comfortably. You can sit on a chair, with your legs crossed or any other position you find comfortable. Try not to do it lying down because meditation is not about falling asleep! You can do it with your eyes open or closed, focusing on an object or just staring at the wall. Whatever is comfortable and works for you.
Begin by breathing evenly in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Count the breaths until you reach 7.
Let your breathing become even (don’t force it) and let your mind clear.
You may want to say a simple mantra or prayer while you meditate. There are plenty to be found online.
There is no set time lengths for meditating. You can meditate with or without music or special CD’s. It’s all about what works for you and makes you feel comfortable.
A simple meditation technique comes from Ananda Sangha:
Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration
Now wait for the next breath to come in of its own accord. When it does, mentally say Hong (rhymes with song). This time, don’t hold the breath, but exhale naturally. As you do, mentally say Sau (rhymes with saw).
Hong-Sau is an ancient Sanskrit mantra (a mantra is a word, syllable, or group of syllables, which can convey spiritual power when pronounced correctly, often with repetition). It means “I am He” or “I am Spirit.” Try to feel that your breath itself is silently making the sounds of Hong and Sau.
Make no attempt to control your breath. Simply observe it as it flows in and out naturally.
In the beginning you may be mostly aware of the physical manifestation of the breathing process as your diaphragm and chest expand and contract.
As your breath grows calmer, however, try to become aware of its flow in the nostrils, then gradually transfer your awareness higher and higher in the nasal passages.
With the eyes closed, turn your gaze upward to the point midway between the eyebrows within your forehead. Concentrate there. This is the seat of spiritual consciousness in the body, also called the spiritual eye, or Christ Center. In time, try to feel the flow of the breath near the spiritual eye within your forehead.
Keep your gaze steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don’t allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, gently bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.
Finish your practice of Hong-Sau by inhaling once through the nose, then exhaling three times through the mouth.
What do you do if your penpal is in distress? Remember that what you put out into the world will come back to you. If you give out kindness and love, it will be returned to you. The same goes for the other side of the coin; if you give out darkness and hatred it will be returned to you. And there is no greater gift than reaching out to a friend and saying, I am here for you. I will not leave. Speak your mind and I shall listen.
You are a beacon of love for all who pass through your mailbox. What you do and say will forever leave a lasting impact on those you keep in touch with. Spread the love, keep the peace, unite with your pen and respect one another!
Peace and love to you all! Keep smiling and keep writing!
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