First Meeting – Give Peace a Year



The first meeting

In person group – Thursday 11th February 2016

Online group starts today – details at the end of these examples from the in person group.

Where there is violence in the language we consume, translating it to how we would like it to be.

A selection of our examples

1. Political party members saying they want to ‘smash the ……….’  (other party)

New people are joining the party looking for new politics but where the language used is still old politics.

Would like the energy to go into the issues and causes for society not into fighting the other party/ies. 

Would like the language to be highlighting the issues and what could be done about them.

2. Health care – talk of fighting disease

I don’t really want to be imagining my body as a battle ground or, in doing so, to generate extra tension that further aggravates the health condition.

Often what is happening is a natural thing that would be happening anyway and fighting the process isn’t what is needed.

Instead what may be needed could be to have more or less of a process or substance.

Instead to say reduce or increase the levels, to heal, to rebalance.

And to notice what that does to your physical and emotional response when those are the words used.

3. Gender – womens bodies

“Look at the tits on that.”

People objected to the word tits in that statement.

And didn’t object to the woman being called ‘that’.

Would like language that doesn’t objectify any person.

4. General

– a desire for more co-operative rather than combative ways of living

5. Protest  campaign language

One campaign group called for support to ‘take down google’

I have no desire to take anyone down.

Would like them to pay their taxes.

Would like a fairer distribution of wealth and more equality of contributions.

6. Radio station

Setting up for a phone in programme – ‘tell us what made you miserable in mid life and how you fought back’

I’d like to view neither aging nor something you feel miserable about as things to be fought.

Instead I’d like to be focused on embracing life

Instead asking “ how are you embracing midlife, and how are you handling the features that you’re finding less than desirable’  (not quite there  : )  but better)

And for balance

so that we see the peace that is there all along,


The heartwarming…

Following asylum seeker arrests over sexual assault complaints in Cologne,

Refugee men handed flowers to German women in gestures of peace


German women handed flowers to men in a recprocal gesture.

Next in person meeting

Thursday 10th March, 7.30 – 9pm

The Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford

  • Dates for the rest of the year here
  • Guidelines for the group here

 Email to let me know if you’re coming and I’ll make sure there’s a seat

FocusStill on words, still on the language we consume. 

Examples of violence in the language we are surrounded by and consume which we would like to be otherwise.


  • examples of violent language
  • the translation if you already know how you’d like it to be
  • examples of the heartwarming, so as to remember that love and peace are there in the world

Bring the heartwarming in whatever balance is good for your heart. Your feel fine balance might be one heartwarming example for ten violent examples, you might need ten heartwarming ones for every one violent one, or in equal measure… adjust according to your heart’s needs. I think that my heart has grown very heavy looking at the state of the world this past few years, I may need to bring many more heartwarming examples for some time to rebalance my nervous system and lift my heart again.

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Online Group

A warm welcome to the first sitting of the online group.

*Big smile from me*

And a glass raised in cheers. Here’s to peacemaking in our worlds.

Here in the comments, is where the online group will meet to do the same as the in person group  

  • share examples of language that feels violent to you and
  • share how you’d like it to be said or what you would like instead, your translation
  • ask for help, if you’d like it, as to how to translate that for more peace


Peace in the Comments

You are in charge of whether something feels violent or not, the effect on you is the determining factor. It’s your peace, your body chemistry we’re concerned with.

No justifying debating or arguing your case necessary, people vary and that’s fine.

Here in the comments, you can share examples of things you’d like to be more peaceful and to get help if you’d like, with translations that would make it so. Just ask. 

It’s not intended as a place to debate or put forward arguments about what does or doesn’t seem violent and comments are moderated accordingly before being posted.   

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