Give Peace a Year
An end to violence in our worlds
In word, thought and deed
At home, at work, in public, in community
With a vibrant strong zest for life
1. Notice where there is and where there isn’t peace in words, thoughts and deeds.
Starting with words, that we’re exposed to and consume first, then adding in those that we use ourselves.
2. Make a note as you notice throughout the fortnight.
3. Give some thought, where you find violence, to what would be better.
and how would you like it to be. The translation.
4. How do you think this has affected you and/or society?
5. Is it in or out of your sphere of influence? Is there anything you’d like to do, or have done about it?
For balance, and because it isn’t the slog that will get us there, it is the joy, I suggest that for every example of violence we work on, we also bring attention to a place where there is something heartwarming, something that makes you smile, laugh or let out a moan of appreciation for its sublime nature. To remind ourselves that there is peace, there is love and beauty out there. For the good of our hearts while we do this work.
Come to the meeting, in person or online
Bring what you’ve noticed with you, both examples of violence and things of a heartwarming nature.
- To share
- To share and get help untangling what troubles you about it
- To share and get help with the translation, thinking through how you’d like it to be or what you’d like to do
- To simply listen rather than share
You are in charge of what you’d like from the group for each item that you bring.
Let us know.
Just for sharing – want us just to listen, to be heard
For help with fathoming – want to hear what we hear, in what you’ve said
For help with translating – want our attention to what the translation could be
For you just to listen to others – don’t want to share (can change each time)
You are also in charge of whether something feels violent or not, the effect on you is the determining factor
No justifying necessary
My own definition is Gandhian style. When something is done, consciously ignoring the needs of anyone else involved, in my book, it counts as an aggression.
Ideas don’t need to be complete or seem ready for sharing, sharing things that feel ‘off’ though you can’t yet put your finger on why, is also fine. Some things will incubate and clarify over time.
Nothing needs to be done about any of the things. No pressure, no prescriptions.
Any change in your state of peace will change what you transmit, will change what you contribute to the atmosphere and the climate around you. This is already a significant contribution to the degree of peace in your world, and so in the world.
The group is intended to be a place where we can bring conscious attention to peace, or the lack of it, and to share observations.
It’s not intended in the group that we’ll train, teach, coach or counsel, nor develop particular skills at this point. Personal and professional development and therapeutic needs are important and need good, sometimes professional, care and attention. Please do take good care of those needs.
Resources for peacemaking
The international centre for nonviolent communication
Marshall Rosenberg, founder of nonviolent communication, on international conflict
Miki Kashtan, nvc trainer, on inner peace Part 1 (of 4)
It may be that in some cases peaceful ways of doing things can be found and adopted and some cases where we can find no way that is currently working as we would like it. In those cases creativity may be called for.
Julie Daley, on support for our creativity
Eight points to support the expression of your creativity
Alfie Kohn on the dangers of paying attention to external validation not your inner creativity
Punished by Rewards
Some favour heavy metal for the sheer power and release of pent up energy that it has for them
Some favour Gregorian Chants for the soothing effect it has for them
I’m a fan of music that feels like the real expression of the person creating it. I feel peaceful when I trust the presence I feel is real.
I’m liking Adele this week. And Keith Jarrett, The Koln Concert. And Jan Garbarek with The Hilliard Ensemble.
And Anouar Brahem, Le Pas Du Chat Noir. Track 3 my absolute favourite.
Susan Piver The Open Heart Project
Free meditations https://susanpiver.com/