Season For Nonviolence – Part Three

image
Mother Teresa –

Quote: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Begin her work with lepers for which her order becomes well known around the world.

Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1979 for her work with destitute and dying.

Thick Nhat Hanh –

Quote: If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

Ordained as a Monk.

1965 Searching for the Enemy of Man” a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urging him to publicly oppose the war in Vietnam.

He was nominated for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are So Many Songs About Peace:

Bob Marley, told us…One Love…one heart…let’s get together and it will be alright.
John Mayer, Waiting on the world to change…hard to offer assistance when you standing at a distance…we keep on waiting on the world to change.
Curtis Mayfield, and the Impressions told us…People get ready there a train a coming…don’t need no ticket just get on board.
Cat Stevens – Peace Train…dreaming about the world as one…I know it’s goanna come…ride on the peace train…everyone jump on the peace train.
Marvin Gaye – What’s going on?, war is not the answer there’s far too many of you dying,” For only love can conquer hate.
O’Jays…Love Train… People all over the world…Join hands…Start a love train.
George Harris from the Beatles- Give me love…give me love…give me peace on earth.

What does Peace Stand for me?

P is for Partnering with each other to create peace
E is for Equipping people with information about peace
A is for Assisting with the Global Mission for Peace
C is for Caring about the importance of peace
E is for Educating the next generation on the benefits of peace

Bottom Line – Peace is a state of being. It is what I feel like when I am in “it”. Peaceful.

Advertisements

Season For Nonviolence – Part Two

image

Webster’s Definition of Peace

Freedom from war internal or external
Tranquility a calm state, free of disturbance or noise
A state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety
Harmony freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups.

We reference the word peace is so many ways:

The Nobel Peace prize…Go in peace…Be at peace…I am peace…Peace be still…See Peace…Peace of Mind…Peacetime…Keep the peace…I leave you in peace…Make peace…Stand up for peace…Peaceful existence…Rest in Peace. And various personal greetings. There are many peace greetings in different languages such as Shalom…Salaam…Hotep (Kemetic) & Paz (Spanish),

The Are Numerous Peace Warriors:

Martin Luther King, Jr. –

Quote: Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Marching through Selma Alabama or conducting a sit in at a lunch counter.

Or when he Marched in Selma Alabama or Washington DC Martin didn’t allow people’s reactions to change the journey…the focus was always peace.

Given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Mahatma Ghandi –

Quote: Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

Gandhi begins a “fast unto death” to protest the British government’s treatment of India’s lowest caste “untouchables …the focus was still peace.

South Africa where he organized a campaign of “passive resistance.”

He is still the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century.

Gandhi was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and, finally, a few days before he was murdered in January 1948.

Cesar Chavez –

Quote: “I am convinced that the truest act of courage…is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.”

Chávez embraced the ideals of Mohandas Gandhi, he never saw violence as the solution to any problem.

We will always remember the rallying cry of the United Farm worker, the UFW, “Si se pueda!” (“Yes We Can!”)

The Season For Nonviolence – Part One

imageThis is the 18th annual King, Gandhi, Chavez season for nonviolence. The season begins January 30  and ends April 4. The dates marks the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr. January 30, 1948 is the date Gandhi died, April 4, 1963 is the day Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez passed on April 23, 1993.

We have an opportunity for 64-days to focus on demonstrating nonviolence. We also have an opportunity to honor the peace visions of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

We know that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal and transform our lives, our communities and the world. During this season I had an opportunity to reflect on the nonviolence and what it means to me. The word peace kept coming up. The essence of peace is so multi-faceted… multi-dimensional… multi directional… multi-cultural.

Peace can’t be fenced in…boxed or locked in…peace is there when you need it. Regardless of what’s going on around you…regardless of what you see…peace is as close as our breath…because peace is a personal choice.

Peace hangs out on a higher vibration…The vibration of peace is high…you can feel it when you say it…
P E A C E…P e a c e…can you feel the vibration?