Next Monday, Sept. 21st, is International Day of Peace. In our uncertain world of bombings and a record number of refugees, threats from various places, it can seem peace is out of our reach.
Peace used to be an edgy concept, something promoted by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in, by hippies and people who lived on the fringes of society, who rejected the trappings of nationalism, homeland security, and war for any reason.
The U.N. declared International Day of Peace in 1981. Around the world, various organizations, schools, and groups are holding peace-building activities. From Pinwheels for Peace in Florida to Partnerships for Peace in Oklahoma, to playing soccer for peace and celebrating the mission of the Peace Corps in California, many places have developed projects that fit the theme “Partnerships for Peace Dignity for All.”
Whatever you do for peace, from writing to your members of Congress to simply striving for interpersonal peace and harmony at home, you can share your posts and photos to Twitter at #PeaceDay.
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon (when people across the world will take a “Moment of Silence, Moment of Peace across every time zone), sitting in silent meditation, or getting your co-workers and community together to share messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day.
Let’s not discount the value of inner peace. Studies have shown that practicing moments of silence and deep breathing through the day all the way to spending 10-20 minutes each day in mindfulness meditation can actually reset the brain to become more focused, balanced and peaceful.
The answer to world peace might just start with the inner peace of each one of us.