Tapping for Peace ~ A Tribute to Paris

In the last few days, with the news of Paris, the world shifted on its axis and the hearts and minds within our family were rattled to the core and moved anew, with it. A time was, when it was just my husband Todd and I shaken by the mindless atrocities of violence, but now we have two boys, 7 and 9. How to navigate the waters of explanation? Is there such a way?

After a week spent exploring and honoring the stories of our Veterans, creating poppies of gratitude and delivering them first-hand to soldiers who shared IMG_6042openly of the experiences that shook and shaped them, our boys were in a place of pure consciousness with their fellow man.

News of Paris, even in the toned-down version for small boys to hear, made war a thing of the present, not of the past. Knowing their mom had lived and fallen in love with the magic of Europe, having heard stories of decadent eclairs as a reward discovered once having climbed to Eiffel Tower’s top, Paris was not something on a map, but a vision in their hearts.

Years ago, when our little Nathaniel was rocked by nightmares, hardly able to be understood as something of this lifetime and moved to tears at the sorrow of strangers, of course, we would stop at nothing to ease his sadness. One of the tools we used was Tapping. I had known of this technique for bringing greater peace to your life for years, but when I heard Nick Ortner speak at an I Can Do It Conference in Toronto, we explored it further as a potential for easing Nathaniel’s sadness. And it did indeed help, in wondrous ways. We didn’t know just how much until the other evening, after Nathaniel had heard about the attacks in Paris. We had been listening to CBC Radio and as we turned in the driveway and shut off the car, Nathaniel said, “Mommy, can we do tapping before we head to bed tonight?” And then as I was getting him settled in, he asked me again just to be sure.

We cuddled up close and began to Tap… talking of how the world can be scary and make us worry, but it’s okay, we love and 20151116_171705-COLLAGEaccept just who we are, as we are, right now. It moved to speaking about how we know our negative thoughts can’t help anyone, but our thoughts of love and compassion can. We spoke of how we will shift our thoughts from those of fear to love, for those who are in need, shift from Awfuls to Waffles. We reminded each other that we are grateful to be safe right now, with each other, in our home, and now we need to think of those who don’t feel safe, and send them strength and courage.

By the time we had moved to the top of our heads and tapped about sending compassion and love out into the world, to those who have hurt others – to find a way to peace in their hearts and through their actions – and to those injured or who lost loved ones – to find strength in a world that holds them close in their hearts… we found new courage ourselves.

Nathaniel curled up and went instantly to sleep.

The following day, we knew there was more to be done. My husband found John Lennon’s, “Imagine” song and cued it up in Med Boys sml2015 - 215our Centering room. We gathered the boys, lit candles and incense and held hands. The Imagine melody filled the room and our hearts. As we listened and put all our attention on the possibility of peace, we felt our spirits join with those across the sea, in delicate but determined hope. We thought of our brothers and sisters and held them close. And when we were moved back to home, we opened our eyes and shared the ways in which we would play our part, at bringing peace to our day, to the work we would do in the world and the Sparkle Thoughts we would continue to send our global family in Paris.

We all have our ways of enduring the agonies of the world, of rising above them somehow; these were, and are, ours. Perhaps you will find this article and be moved to Tap, to sit in stillness and hear John Lennon’s words and Imagine a world where there’s Peace, that we can all affect and bring to one another.

My hope, our hope, is yours and we join hands and hearts with you today, as we envision a new world where We All Can Live As One…  xo jenni

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About jennifermaki

Jennifer Maki is Writer, Seeker, Speaker, Pilgrim, Ingenuity Junkie, Mentor and Motivator for wildly free ones, poised influential Type A to Type C ones, innately wise wee-ones, and all the cape-donning wannabes in between. She has a background in Communications, Marketing, Inner Leadership Development and Team Dynamics for more than 15 years, spanning the British West Indies, Europe, US and Canada. "From corporate, and agency, to non-profit, I've been amazed to have had opportunity to build powerful campaigns for rockin' the socks off ideas via creative flair, practical planning and old-fashioned roll-yer-sleeves-up perseverance with teams and inventors brilliant beyond compare. But what really fuels me? My life-long study of the tenacity and depth of the human spirit; people put to the real tests who come out swinging and inspiring despite the odds; the ordinary heroes who reveal the potential for extraordinary within us all." The Result: Writings, workshops, coaching, retreats, community-building events and keynotes, delivered through her biz and passion, Project YES! Life, designed to empower people, companies and communities to question, listen, think and deliver their YES! "But most amazingly, I get to be a mom and a LifeSchooling one at that. And my two brilliant boys and I are thrilled to have recently launched our vision and movement to ignite and fuel heroism in the world via The Phone Booth Project. Check us out and gain your rightful place within the League of Xtraordinary Game-Changers at www.jennifermaki.com."
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2 Responses to Tapping for Peace ~ A Tribute to Paris

  1. Dearest Jenni,
    As always, beautifully and sensitively written. I have forwarded to Mitch and Hannah who are home schooling our 2 granddaughters in the hopes that they will be able to take away some gem of understanding from your post and guide their children–even minutely–toward being able to imagine our world at peace, in their future.
    Love you,
    Carola

    • jennifermaki says:

      So thrilled to hear they’ve embarked on that rewarding journey precious Carola. Thank you for your beautiful note…I am so glad it moved you sweetheart and yes, that we all know peace within and in the world indeed. Wishing you a peace-filled day! Love j

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