“Peace Smarts” a peace culture has been adopted s a mechanism for a child to calm down from daily business and to relax. “Peace Smarts” is a curriculum that has been used in schools nationwide. It teaches conflict resolution and communication skills to youth fifth through twelfth grades. Teachers and students create a Peace environment that allows open communication. A safety net is created that deals with anger management and applies directly to bullying.
Parents learn the same skills. Incubation is also taught, which is actually meditation, learning to breathe and to slow down the mind.
The sooner an intervention takes place, the better. Habits are formed early in life and addressing aggressive tendencies requires an effort on our part as parents. Practicing being present with your children, slowing down the breath and looking into their eyes to connect. The eyes are the window into the soul … our children know when they are being viewed for their true essence.
Peace Smarts is a valuable entry point and I recommend that if a parent is looking for a better way to communicate with their children this could be a viable way to begin that journey.
If we learn to listen, rather than preach, if we learn to model kindness and respect we are giving our children a message that reaches their truth of being-ness. Our society has lost its values and we attack others without remorse. It’s time to reclaim the sacred and that starts within each of us. Meditation is a great practice. May the meditation revolution continue and become an integral part of our family life.
As teens learn to quiet their minds, they will grow stronger to know what they want. They will listen to their inner voice and follow it.
Jonathon 16 shared the value of the Peace Smarts program. “I discovered that I was a bully, in the sense that I was a racist.” When I referred to another ethnic group as “they” the light bulb went on. I had teased and taunted kids that were different religions, who had accents and I believed I was justified. Doing relationship work, I learned that I didn’t have to have the prejudices I had been holding, that I could respect difference and learn from it.”
Jonathon made new friends and crossed the racial barrier in his ongoing awareness. Baring witness to the anger, pain, and hurts many of us carry into adult hood, coming to terms with our disappointments can eliminate projecting it on to someone else.
MerrieWay Muses: to have peace within, we must forgive our self and forgive other people- who may have hurt us. By forgiveness, we expand, feel compassion for our self and others … we become our own sage and can entertain the true essence of freedom.