While the lotus leaves and flowers appear on the surface of the water, its roots settle into the mud below. It is a marvelous image of our capacity for transformation: that even the "mud" of our lives, our hateful thoughts, can grow into peace, courtesy, respect, acceptance and love. Here is a prayer found in an Eastern priest's ritual book. I've adjusted the language a little to make it more accessible for people today.
A Prayer To Pacify Hateful Feelings
I thank You, O Master and Lord of humankind, King of the ages and Giver of every good thing, Who destroys the wall of hatred and Who grants peace to the world. Instill in me a love for You and fear of anything that would take me from You, and confirm me in love for other people. Extinguish every dispute and banish every temptation to bitterness and contention. For You are our Peace, and to You I send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.