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Click for more information and a link to Register for the four part Foundations of BePeace
in White River Junction, VT on November 15 - 18, 2012


BePeace  is a synergistic combination of coherence + connection.

BePeace is a practice that combines a scientifically tested method for “feeling peace” with a clear path  for “speaking peace” that  creates an honest, empathic connection. As we learn this practice, we are empowered to pass it on, to “ teach peace.”

Method 1: Coherence
Scientists use the term “coherence” to describe a physiological  state in which the nervous, cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems are working efficiently and harmoniously. It is a state that improves brain cognitive function and our overall sense of well-being.

Institute of HeartMath research shows that when we are in a state of
incoherence from negative emotions, such as frustration, our heart rate variability pattern is erratic. Positive emotions like appreciation create coherence,  as shown by a rhythmic, even pattern.

Because the heart is the strongest biological oscillator in the body, when it generates a coherent signal, it draws the other biological oscillators into synchronization. This includes the digestive system, the respiratory system, and most importantly, the brain.  When the heart is in a coherent mode, it can override the amygdala in the brain, which gets triggered by emotional memories. As an example, a person bitten by a dog when he was a child may have a recurring negative emotional response (fear, anger) whenever he sees a dog.  If he has learned to sustain coherence, over time he can extinguish this reaction.

The Institute of HeartMath developed the Quick Coherence Technique to help people achieve coherence. It has three steps:

1.  Heart Focus
2.  Heart Breathing
3.  Heart Feeling of Appreciation

Research has shown that students who practice coherence before exams perform significantly better in math and reading and have an improved capability for learning. Coherence also enhances our intuition and, therefore, we have access to greater wisdom as we make choices in life.

Method 2: Connection

This aspect of BePeace is inspired by Nonviolent  Communication (NVC), developed by
Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. The four steps of Nonviolent Communication are:

1.  Observations – a description of what we are seeing, hearing or touching, specific to time and context, and free of judgment, criticism or analysis.
2.  Feelings – a description of our emotional state, the result of a perception of a need
being met or unmet (e.g., happy, sad).
3.  Needs – something we require to sustain and enrich our life.  Needs are universal and do not refer to a specific person or thing. Examples of needs are clarity, respect, to be heard, to matter.
4.  Requests – clear, positive, concrete words that request clarity, connection or a specific action in order to satisfy a need.

The heart of this model is the understanding that human beings share universal needs. Connecting to our own needs and to those of others, through empathy and honesty, is the key to reliably accessing our compassion.

The Power of BePeace

The transformational power of the BePeace practice  arises from the synergy of combining coherence with connection, which allows individuals to resolve issues efficiently and peacefully. The steps of the practice are taught in Foundations Courses and BePeace groups. In addition, individuals use the My Peace Story Workbook as a tool for their
daily practice.

By practicing BePeace, we respond to life more consciously and enjoy more ease in building our social and emotional intelligence. In this way, relationships are enriched and we are able to help create a more peaceful world.

BePeace was developed by Rita Marie Johnson in 2002 and has been implemented in 18 schools in Costa Rica. The Foundations Course is taught as a graduate course at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace and as part of a certificate program at the U.S. National Academy for Peace. It has also been approved in some states for
continuing education credit for teachers and counselors.

As the sponsor of BePeace, Rasur Foundation International (RFI) is working toward a world where every person practices peace and passes this gift to the next generation. RFI offers BePeace Foundations Courses to educators and the general public through universities and colleges, nonprofit organizations, businesses and churches.

Click for more information and a link to Register for the four part Foundations of BePeace
in White River Junction, VT on November 15 - 18, 2012

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