On July 30 and July 31, twenty people gathered at Unity of Gaithersburg to learn Part 1 of the BePeace Foundations Course. BePeace, which empowers people to embody their innate wisdom and compassion, was founded by Rita Marie Johnson of the Rasur Foundation.
In 2004, Rita Marie began offering BePeace to Costa Rican public schools. Now, nearly 1500 teachers have received training and they impact 40,000 students each year. BePeace has spread worldwide and is used by individuals, schools, nonprofits, and businesses.
Since 2012, I have been training in and practicing BePeace principles. It has enabled me to easily resolve inner conflict and conflict with others: things that used to bother me for weeks on end are things I can now easily resolve in an hour by using the BePeace Practice.
In February 2016, I shared the practice of BePeace with my friend Sheila. She told me that she’d been having challenges with her 16-year-old son, David. He was not performing well academically, but wanted to be on the football team and needed a higher grade point average to play. Sheila had said that unless he improved his grades he would not be able to try out for the team.
In our conversation, we began to identify how Sheila was feeling about the situation. She was feeling sad, frustrated, and disappointed because her son made little effort in completing homework. Sheila also realized that she felt a need for hope, progress, communication, and cooperation. Having established Sheila’s position, we then guessed David’s feelings and needs. Sheila thought David might be feeling discouraged, anxious, and upset because he wanted and needed support, achievement, and self-esteem, and she believed that of these three needs, David’s main need was support.
So the next day, Sheila asked David how she could support him on achieving his goal to be on the football team. David looked at her in surprise and told her he didn’t know but would think about it. Later on, he said that he would like her to stop bugging him about doing his homework.
Sheila told me that that conversation was a turning point for David and her. From that day on, she only asked him if he needed help with his homework, and if he said no, then she left him alone. Within a few weeks, David’s attitude had changed. He and his mother were communicating more effectively, and his grades also significantly improved so that he became eligible to try out. Today, David is a senior and is proudly playing football for his high school team.
As Sheila, David, and I have found, practicing BePeace allows you to bring your best Self to whatever challenges life brings you.
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