Ripples of Peace
Native American Wisdom
by Linda Living Joy Lorenzo on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10:17am
My Native American mentor, Ruth, took me to the creek
on the land that we steward together in Maine,
and she told me to throw a stone into the water.
She told me to watch the circles created by the stone.
Then she asked me to think of myself as that stone person.
"You may create lots of splashes in your life,
but the waves that come from those splashes
will disturb the peace of all your fellow creatures," she said.
"Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle
and that circle will also touch many other circles.
You will need to live in a way that allows the good
that comes from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others.
The splash that comes from anger or jealousy,
will send those feelings to other circles.
You are responsible for both."
At that moment, I truly understood,
that each person creates the inner peace
or discord that flows out into the world.
We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with inner conflict,
hatred, doubt or anger.
We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside,
whether we speak them or not.
Whatever is splashing around inside of us is spilling out into the world,
creating beauty or discord with all other circles of life.
We are responsible for it all.
What will your ripples create today?