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Meditation, Yoga and More: Mexicali Blues Celebrates the International Day of Peace

September 21, 2016

Meditation, Yoga and More: Mexicali Blues Celebrates the International Day of Peace


“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a

dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday

you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” —John Lennon

Early this morning a bell was rung in the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The bell was forged from coins donated by children all over the world to remind their leaders of “the human cost of war,” and it was rung to signal the start of The International Day of Peace.

There are millions of people today volunteering, marching, singing and dancing, praying, meeting with their leaders or teaching children about the power of peace. (Check out this map of worldwide observances!) Here are some of our favorite ways to join in the effort to make the world as one:

  • Observe the minute of silence at noon today
    Spend a moment being a dreamer and “imagine all the people living life in peace.”
  • Learn more about how inner peace promotes outer peace
    The new UPLIFT film, The Inner Peace Revolution, was released at midnight this morning and interviews experts from all over the world about the connection between inner peace and a more peaceful world.
  • Feast with friends (any time this week)
    Set aside an evening this week to gather with family or friends around a wholesome meal to “celebrate what you have and the work to be done.” The Global Feast for Peace celebrates unity and shows support for a culture of peace. Don’t forget to log your meal on the Global Feast for Peace Google map!
  • Help form a Global Mala around the world (any time this week)
    The Global Mala Project aims to connect every yoga community around the world in support of the International Day of Peace and Peace Week. If you want to lead your own mala this week, Shiva Rea, the project organizer, provides suggestions for how to organize your 108 Sun Salutations and document your place in the Global Mala.
  • Join the BeThePeace worldwide meditation Saturday, September 24 at 7:00PM EST
    This one-hour, virtual event will unite people from all around the world in an effort to “uplift consciousness and unite humanity.” The meditation will be convened by the GiaiaField project and can be accessed online. As part of The Great Silence, this meditation will be measured by scientists and researchers to gauge the impact a massive and mindful focus on peace can have on health, the environment and world events. To receive instructions on how to access the meditation feed, register for the event.

This year, international observances will be calling attention to Sustainable Development Goals—ways to create the conditions that quiet conflict and foster peace. Fighting poverty and hunger, advancing health, education and gender quality, and keeping water and energy clean and affordable are just some of the ways we work together for a more peaceful world.

Let’s make this world a place of peace!

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