Give Peace a Year posts are the notes from in person meetings aiming to transform the surprising levels of violence I found had crept into my everyday suburban life. I invited people to join me to Give Peace a Year. We started in February 2016 and ran for 3 years. Many surprising transformations to our stress levels, health and relationships were had. You can read the whole story of how it all began with my hair conditioner here.
Reports from a group meeting fortnightly for a year, this was week 22
With the aim of peace everywhere,
starting here and now, transforming violence and conflict of needs in life, one word, thought or deed at a time.
it’s not the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy
for balance, things that warmed our hearts and made life a pleasure.
Mistake when booking tickets
Taking great care when booking train tickets and still booking the wrong date. The comments towards myself were not kind.
Empathy needed for the pain of the mistake and inconvenience of sorting it out and for the berating.
Starting with ourselves
This from Mary Mackenzie of The Nonviolent Communication Academy. It’s what we’ve been doing this year.
And the joy this time, much savouring has been had.
Pudding for breakfast
The Christmas mode that contains decadence in many ways. Brandy butter on toast for many days after Christmas until the tub was empty. Lemon tart and cream for breakfast until it was used up.
Late afternoon DVD watching.
Pootling. Letting things take the time they take and going at them in a really relaxed attentive way not the busy, brisk way of a normal day and enjoying the settled feeling and greater connection with things coming from that.