Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 17, 2013
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
for forwarding this to your friends.
"When it was evening on that day, the first day of the
week, and the doors of the house where the disciples
had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came
and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.'"
Listen to your body. Breathe. Sit. Feel. Listen.
Relax. If you do this every day, you will experience
amazing inner wellness and self-improvement. Consider
a small smile while breathing.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a remarkable Vietnamese Buddhist monk
who was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize years ago
by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thich Nhat Hanh
modeled great spiritual leadership for us through his
refusal to take sides during the Vietnam War. His
inaction lead to his own exile, but he worked diligently
to bring peace by teaching people how to "be peace"
(Hanh, Thich Nhat. "The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide
to Walking Meditation," p. 9) to all they encountered.
He suggests we look at our neighbors and smile gently at
one another. Smile your peace at friends and strangers
while breathing gently in a relaxed manner. You will be
Be careful how you use this breathing meditation. It
will change your life and the lives of others. Try it
for thirty seconds to two minutes daily. These moments
can be costly, however, as they were for Thich Nhat Hanh.
Peaceful moments are within us, but others may not be
receptive to our non-violent smiling. Know that the
benefits of peaceful moments are worth the cost.
Be spiritually empowered. Smile peacefully at all you
meet today, including your enemies.
God, teach us to smile peacefully today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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