Share Your Peace

While peace starts within, it must not end there. Your physical presence is needed or your peace cannot penetrate and perpetuate. I've come to believe that much of our problem today is due to the fact that violence makes more noise and moves around so much more than peace, and consequently violence gets more media coverage than peace.

My personal favorite solution to this problem is public song and dance, and my favorite example of that can be seen here. Another way to make our peace public is to celebrate in public places where the media have access to us. Participation in nature walks, book circles, drum circles, multi-ethnic food fairs, and festivals of all kinds will go a long way toward making peaceful sounds and movements even if you're not the type to demonstrate or attend political rallies.


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The "Where the Hell is Matt" dancing project is really great stuff. It's simple and direct peacebuilding. It certainly speaks to the notion that we are all responsible for building peace in the world. Governments can't do this kind of thing for us...

Check out the main site for the project too:

Song Offerings

...or Gitanjali is a collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1913). If you followed the link in the above post and watched the YouTube video and were as enchanted by the music as I was, please read the translation of the lyrics below.

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

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