There is no way to peace, peace is the way. – A. J. Muste
Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away. – Robert Fulghum
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
21st of September is international day of peace. And the reason I love it so much (besides the message, of course) is that it is celebrated by planting trees. Yes! Isn’t that awsome? It is for me, as I get one more excuse to plant something. Usually we plant fruit trees so that they are going to bear some nice, juicy fruit in the years to come but actually one can plant whatever one feels like. This year we are stretching the day out a bit and tomorrow we’re going to plant this beauty:
A lovely, sturdy blueberry. We already have a couple of mature blueberyy bushes and the yield this year was fantastic, it was just that birds came before us and we were left with almost nothing. But, fine, birds too have to eat something.
I’ve just finished a great book on peace: Peace is Every Step by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Price by Martin Luther King in 1967. It’s a profoundly simple book, yet the wisdom, peace and love of all people regardless of their race, social status or religious believes, radiate from every word on every page. It’s that kind of a book that you read and re-read and as you grow with it, you discover new things you weren’t able to see before. Its main message is, that peace is not something outside of us, that it cannot be achieved with peace treaties, with powerful and destructive weapons, with oppression. Peace starts with an individual, inside of us, everything we do should be an expression of peace: on every step of our way we can practice peace and live mindfully. Peace inside of us then ripples outwards to our partners, children, co-workers, neighbours, friends…and these little circles of peace grow and if there are enough of them they’ll merge and the whole world will become one big, happy, peaceful village. This thing is possible and it starts with you and me. Good to remember this when you lose your patience and shout and scream at your partner, your child. Good to remember when you purchase Made-in-China clothes made by modern day slaves, good to remember when you get a steak on your plate or soy grown where lush rain forest used to thrive, good to remember when your feet touch the mahagony floor in your bedroom…the list goes on and on.
Love and Peace!!!