Meditation, Labyrinth Walk, Blessing
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
“I have found people who envy my peace. That peace comes from prayer; I am not a man of learning but I humbly claim to be a man of prayer. I am indifferent as to the form. Everyone is a law unto Himself in the respect.” Gandhi
“How do we find peace? Peace isn’t lost. It is we who have lost our way back to our home. The way to return home is, first, by committing to do just that.
Second, by doing what it takes as individuals and as a group to awaken others and ourselves to our divine heritage, which is peace.
And third, by expressing peace with ourselves, our neighbors, our colleagues, our nations, and our world.” John-Roger (From: Loving Each Day for Peacemakers, Choosing Peace Every Day)
The United Nations established and began celebrating the International Day of Peace in 1981. You can learn more about it here.
A small group of Southwestern College students gathered to celebrate this beautiful September day in the early morning. The photos you see here are taken by SWC Counseling student Claudia Escareno-Clark.
- Salaam – Arabic/Iranian
- Heping –Chinese, Mandarin
- Kapayapaan – Filipino
- Paix – French
- Friede – German
- Irini – Greek
- Maluhia – Hawaiian
- Shalom – Hebrew
- Shanti – Indian
- Pace – Italian
- Heiwa – Japanese
- Pyonghwa – Korean
- Pax – Latin
- Mari Rangi Maria – Maori
- Meleilei – Micronesia, Pohnpei
- Mir – Russian
- La Paz – Spanish
- Amani – Swahili
- Shite – Tibetan
- Thanh Binh – Vietnamese
The Peace Process
How do each of us experience peace? Focus on breathing, visualize someone we love or a peaceful scene in nature, go for a run, watch our favorite movie, listen to a child laugh . . . Where does peace come from? Can we find peace anywhere? In my view, yes. The best evidence I can offer to this (aside from my own direct experience), is from Viktor Frankl, as he shares in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning.’