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December Peace Post

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“After last months challenge of loving thy enemy, I want to give you a party. So this months challenge is to plan a party that will ripple peace to the world. Use everything in your imagination for this peace party….”
-Kozo

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Believe it or not, the idea of having a party is scary for me.  So when I read Kozo’s challenge for December, I was not thrilled.  Quiet solitude or time with a few friends and family are enough for me.  Anything bigger is no fun. Okay, that is not all true. I do prefer solitude and a few friends and family, but I have gone to music concerts and had a great time. As a matter of fact, I remember going to a U2 concert in 2005 with my husband and feeling like I was at church. No kidding, it had some kind of spiritual feel about it. Thinking back on that experience, I realize that thousands of people focused on something positive is a powerful thing. In that case, it was U2’s amazingly uplifting music performance. Thinking about this particular concert experience and the idea of a peace party, something else came to mind. I remembered LiveAid in 1985 and how concerts were organized to benefit famine in Africa. That event was also very powerful and memorable.

So here’s my little idea for a party for peace.  Since, I love music so much, my peace party would be a concert festival with music, food, and art from different parts of the world.  I would invite my family, friends, neighbors, fellow bloggers, and everyone that wanted to come.  Proceeds from the concert festival earnings from t-shirts, art, music, and food would go to a foundation created to support the work of promoting peace through social media and a yearly concert festival for peace.

Of course, it would be nice if U2 would play and bring everyone together in a big final musical performance at the end of the concert festival for peace.  And usually around this time of the week I have a music post, but I really wanted to post this last peace post of the year before January got here.  So, instead of the usual music challenge, I’ll attach a song from the 1985 LiveAid concert to the end of this post.  That way you can get a feel of what this concert festival for peace could be like.  Below is a video that is a great example of the energy that Bono and his band U2 give off during their performances.  The lyrics to the song are below the video. The song that is performed is actually 5 to 6 minutes long, but for this special performance they extend it and improvise for an additional 5 to 6 minutes while engaging the audience and being very open and spontaneous.  And as a person struggling with finding peace despite social anxiety, I really admire the spontaneity of performers and others.  I believe you have to have some sort of peace within yourself to be able to have such spontaneity.  The song is one of my favorite U2 songs, “Bad“. Contrary to the title of the song, the song makes me want to do more good and be more responsible in making the world a better place, more peaceful. On the internet, there are multiple meanings to this song.  I’d like to think it’s about struggling with yourself as your own worse enemy and finally feeling “wide awake” at the end.  And guess what, I forgot how anxious I can get in social situations.  I guess the idea of thinking of everyone having a good time full of peace, hope, and spontaneity helps take the anxiety away.  What a peaceful thought that is…

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If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Surrender
Dislocate

If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night
And through the rain
Into the half-light
And through the flame

If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I’d lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day

To let it go
And so to fade away
To let it go
And so fade away

I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
Wide awake
I’m not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no

If you should ask then maybe they’d
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in blue and black
Bruised silken sky and burning flag
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
Let it go…

This desparation
Dislocation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Let it go

And so fade away
To let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
And so to fade away

I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
Wide awake
I’m not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no

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November Peace Post

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“This might be the toughest Peace Challenge for many of you, but I want to take us out of our comfort zones for true peace. This month, I want you to open your arms to your enemies. Think of a person, a place, a nation, a culture, a religion, a gender, or an ideology that you view as a enemy…Post a photo, piece of art, or collage that offers a vision of peace between you and your enemy…I honor your intention to do whatever you can to meet this challenge…”
-Kozo

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like lambs with the wolves,
my Hero once said, dear soul,
love thy enemies …

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”
-Matthew 5:43-45


October Peace Post

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“Let’s visualize what a peaceful world will look like. For this month’s peace challenge, I challenge you to publish what your dream of peace looks like.”
-Kozo

When I saw Kozo’s challenge for October, my mind went negative. I thought of Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Genghis Kahn…and the list goes on. People who seemingly no amount of peaceful communication would convince them to change their ways. And I thought of the complexities of the human mind and free will. And the idea that we cannot force peace on anyone because to force someone is to take away their freedom and contradicts the whole idea of peace. So why dream? It’s impossible? Then I thought maybe peace is not a destination, but a journey. And by approaching peace, despite the evils in the world, there will be peace some how. Maybe not perfect peace, I think that’s only possible in a higher power’s hands, but a daily striving to approach peace through acts of peace. So to dream is a way of approaching peace. A dream is an act of peace. I now realize it is better to approach perfect peace than to not have any peace at all. My dream of a peaceful world is filled with a majority of people who are kind, gentle, understanding, empathetic, not judgmental, and strive daily to do peaceful actions. I found the six minute video below on YouTube a couple of years ago. And I think my dream is much like the images and music in this video.


Pray for Peace – 6WS

Saturday, pray with Pope for peace…

pray for peace today and everyday;

communicate for peace today and everyday;

act for peace today and everyday;

the world needs more peaceful people;

say your prayer; spread the peace!

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September Peace Post

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“For this month’s Peace Challenge, I challenge you to post a quotation that will bring peace to the world.”
-Kozo


August Peace Post

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“For this month’s Peace Challenge I want to invoke the power of music…Post anything about the intersection of music and peace…”
-Kozo

For August’s peace challenge, I’ve chosen to post a video I found on YouTube of the song “Some Where Over The Rainbow” arranged by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It’s a combination of “Over the Rainbow” written by Yip Harburg and “What a Wonderful World” written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. Israel’s song reminds me of longing for peace and finding it in the events of everyday life. The images in the video are also very peaceful and soothing. Enjoy! Peace be with you!

“Wherever you go, God be with you.”
-Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


July Peace Post

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“For this month’s peace challenge, I encourage you to write a letter for peace and send it out into the Universe. You may not get an answer, but you will make a difference.”
-Kozo

This month’s challenge reminded me of a song I heard several years ago. It was less of a song and more of a speech or letter to young people. The song is called “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).” It turns out the song is based on a speech/letter written by a newspaper columnist for the class of 1997. This letter has been erroneously attributed to Kurt Vonnegut and has been given several different dates. Below is a video of the song that became a hit in the late 90’s and the letter below it. It’s a little unusual, but you’ll see it makes some good sense in giving the reader or listener some good advice in finding peace in their life. So, instead of writing my own letter, I’d like to share this letter/song that shares some of my own views and lessons I’ve taught or plan to teach my son.

By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune (June 1, 1997 – Original Article)

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.


June Peace Post

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“This month I challenge you to explore how to have peace in relationships or how to have peace at home.”

-Kozo of Bloggers for Peace

Below is a moving video and lyrics of a song that I think exemplifies how I feel about finding peace in relationships. I guess you can say I feel that finding peace in relationships starts with making a commitment to never give up. To never give up on my husband, my son, my family, my relationships. This outlook may sound naive or simple, but from my own experience it has made a difference. It hasn’t been easy having to visit my husband at a psychiatric hospital a couple of times in the past years while he recovers from severe psychotic symptoms due to his bipolar disorder. It’s been more than eight years, since he was at a psychiatric hospital. I truly believe, that an attitude of perseverence and patience made a difference in his recovery when he was very sick and has helped maintain peace in our relationship as a couple and as a family.

“Success requires persistence, the ability to not give up in the face of failure.”

~ Martin Seligman

“I Won’t Give Up”
by Jason Mraz

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well, there’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

Well, I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

And when you’re needing your space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, still looking up.

Well, I won’t give up on us (no I’m not giving up)
God knows I’m tough enough (I am tough, I am loved)
We’ve got a lot to learn (we’re alive, we are loved)
God knows we’re worth it (and we’re worth it)

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up


May Peace Post – The Art of Peace

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”

-Anais Nin

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“For the month of May, we will focus on art. I believe that art has the ability to transform the soul. If art can change a soul, then it can change the world. What piece of art makes you a more peaceful person?”

-Kozo of Bloggers for Peace

The May challenge for Bloggers for Peace is “the art of peace”. Thinking about what to post, I remembered something a coworker said to me several years ago. While working on my undergraduate degree in college, I had a summer job. One day as we sat at our desks, I noticed my coworker looked worried and exhausted. She had taken off her eyeglasses. I asked her if she was okay. She told me she was tired. Then, she went on to explain why she took off her eyeglasses. She told me that she liked taking her glasses off when she was stressed, so she could experience her world in a blur. She further explained that everything looked softer, more peaceful, like a Monet painting. This technique sounded great to me. I wear eyeglasses, and Monet is one of my favorite artists, so I started taking my glasses off when I felt tense. Since then, I’ve kept the habit of taking my glasses off when I feel stressed or tired. Truly, I see a more peaceful image. Not so sharp or painful. I guess, sometimes, you just need to escape a little to continue to deal with the world and find a little peace. Or maybe, you need to learn to see the world in a different way.

Below are some of Monet’s peaceful, soft paintings.

Peace be with you!

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20130526-001833.jpgTulip Fields in Holland by Claude Monet


A Humorous Peace Search – April Peace Post

“First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
-Thomas a Kempis

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite television shows. One episode has a scene that humorously illustrates the idea of searching for peace in every day life. In this episode, Sheldon is afraid to attend a banquet where he must make a speech to accept an award for his physics research. Sheldon is very fond of his routines and basically set in his ways. When there’s any changes he gets upset or avoids anything that will create any change.

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His peaceful routines are shattered by his thoughts of past bad speech experiences and nervous anticipation of the acceptance speech. His friends are trying to help him find some inner peace to prepare for the speech.

I was able to find a You Tube video of the scene. And you can see it below. In this scene, Raj attempts to teach Sheldon meditation that has helped Raj with his own search for peace. Raj has trouble speaking to women and, literally, becomes mute in the presence of a woman unless he has a beer or any other form of alcohol in his system.

Watching this episode, I noticed that being open to peace is important when you are searching for it. And to teach others about peace, you need to have some measure of peace. A positive attitude, non judgement, patience, and openness to change seem to make a big difference in both searching for peace or teaching someone about peace. Sheldon and Raj show what can happen when we have good intentions, but the pieces to peace aren’t quite there.

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Family Peace

This post is my peace post for March and my entry for this week’s Haiku Heights.

Cool breeze to the touch.
Cool breeze to the soul and mind.
Peace with family.

This week’s Haiku Heights prompt is Breeze. For more information on participating in Haiku Heights and rules of writing a Haiku click on the badge below.

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If you’re interested in promoting peace through blogging and want to become a Blogger for Peace, commit to write one blog post on peace once a month and click on the badge below to let Kozo at Everyday Gurus know you want to join. You can post a photo, video, essay, or anything you want that has to do with peace. Kozo is also providing a monthly post where he gives a peace challenge which can give inspiration for your monthly peace post.


Spiritual Peace

(February Peace Post)

“May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”

St. Thérèse de Lisieux

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If you’re interested in promoting peace through blogging and want to become a Blogger for Peace, commit to write one blog post on peace once a month and click on the badge below to let Kozo at Everyday Gurus know you want to join. You can post a photo, video, essay, or anything you want that has to do with peace. Kozo is also providing a monthly post where he gives a peace challenge which can give inspiration for your monthly peace post.


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