Mind, Body, Soul Newsletter – February 2017

I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.  — Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

In the midst of the political turbulence and fear that has erupted across the world since the American election, I have been searching for this month’s newsletter theme. The one word that consistently repeats in my mind is

Peace
Image – Pixabay

It seems everywhere one turns there are more and more reports emerging about acts of violence, aggression, terrorism, discrimination and mayhem. It is hard not to become immersed in that fear laden energy. Now, more than ever, it is even more crucial that we focus our prayers on its very opposite :

peace and love
Image – Pixabay

Prayer for Peace

In the midst of darkness, let there be Light

May grief burdened hearts be soothed

May those who have suffered  tragedy and loss

be protected, comforted and enfolded

in the everlasting arms of Unconditional Love.

May the guiding principles for prevailing justice

be Heart-centred  and

honour, support and respect

the universal values of peace, freedom, dignity,

responsibility and co-operation.

May all nations, all cultures, all races, all religions

join hands

 and transform the world

into one that is founded on

Love, Peace and Harmony.

So be it. Amen.

The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world— Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

 

Peace, according to the dictionary definition  is ‘freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.’ It’s synonyms are calm, restfulness, quiet, silence, stillness… We are seeing more and more people and groups being galvanised into action promoting peace.
♥  The Nobel Prizes are an internationally recognised and respected recognition for achievement of excellence in each of the five fields. One of them is for Peace. Since its establishement in 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 130 Laureates –  104 individuals and 26 organizations. As described in ALfred Nobel’s will it was to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
Jean Jullien in the immediate aftermath of the Paris bombing created a peace symbol based on the Eiffel Tower Peace for Paris”  It went viral very quickly.
Today this was sent out by a blogger I follow –   James Radcliffe 

Peace, Citizen of the world‘I do not usually involve myself with politics but this last span has been different.  Different because the political realm has started to spill over hard onto human rights and civil liberties; things I care deeply about as a human being. 

I believe very strongly in inclusion as a guiding principle.  That, when we come together to find commonalities, when we are doing the work to understand each other, when we work to build bridges, we all move forward.  But when we choose to exclude, when we sow the seeds of fear, when all we want is a higher wall, we all regress; we all lose something vital.

One of the most powerful ways we can foster inclusion is by reframing our view of each other by choosing to focus on the overwhelming similarities we share as human beings instead of the arbitrary, often petty, and largely insignificant differences. 

To this end I have designed these T-Shirts.  They are my statement of feeling, which I now humbly offer to you.’

 

♥  The Nonviolent Peaceforce  is a global non-profit organisation, the mission of which is to ‘protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We buid peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguaard human lives and dignity.’
♥  The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Mission Satement is  ‘to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.’
But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
This is just a very small sampling of what is being done out there by individuals and organisations.  If only  the media  gave as much air space to this as they do to reporting the horror and the carnage!
I  leave you with the words of Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) – I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.  
©  Raili Tanska
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10 thoughts on “Mind, Body, Soul Newsletter – February 2017

  1. I wonder if Eisenhower called it right and that time has come… If we are ever to have peace on this planet we have to move out of that whole Us and Them mindset. Nothing else will do. Interesting version of SBM. That, by the way, is one of my favorite songs. Hangs right in there with The Impossible Dream. 🙂

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