Give Peace a Year – Meeting ten

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Meeting number ten

With the aim of peace, everywhere, starting here, now, transforming violence and conflict of needs  in life, one word, thought or deed at a time.

And because

it’s not the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy

for balance, things that warmed our hearts.


Starting where transformation is needed.

Examples from the group of peace lovers this week on Thursday 30th June


1.Post referendum racist hate crime


Shops burned down, people being asked to ‘go home’, being asked loudly to ‘get off the tram’.

Wanting to find a response should we encounter it in person.

A response that isn’t stand by and do nothing

and that doesn’t appear to condone it

but that also doesn’t fuel the fire

offers a hand of support

and is safe for us too.


We spent a long time considering what the unmet needs of the person might be, but couldn’t be sure of any of the guesses. And pretty sure that there are layers and layers over decades all needing heard, understood and cared about. Political neglect of the needs of society now at boiling point.

A teacher of mine once, when encountering a man behaving aggressively towards someone else on a bus, asked the man whether when he felt that way, he would be willing instead, to come down the bus and talk to her, tell her what was going on for him.

Should courage and faith be with me in the moment, I suspect this is as close as I might get to a response that has a chance of being effective.

Outside of volatile incidents, when all is relatively calm, making a point of talking to people with different views to listen and really understand.


The heartwarming

A warm welcome and wish for the wholehearted in everyone to be found and brought out into the world. Changing the quality of emotional climate for the good of all.

And here’s the poetic form that the wish took

Make the space, for the truth to safely surface
for what’s really wholehearted, to be safely felt
for what’s tight in there to unfurl a little
a little, a breath, a little more

it’s ok – it really is
what is there, in there, what is it that’s needed
it’s alright – truly it is
take care with it, take care of it

unfurling, the beauty, the space
it can be, you can be
breathing again, deeper now, feeling the expansion
of the space, where you can be
where you can unfurl and be seen, seen, by yourself at least

what wants to be, to be seen
what wants to be taken into the world
the world needs it
needs it especially now


Next in person meeting

Thursday 14th July, 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 for you

Focus –

Words, the language we consume and adding the language we use to talk to others or ourselves.