“We must make every effort for the promotion of peace and inner values.

I fully support [Peace One Day].”

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate 

Each of us, with every breath we take, is able to contribute to peace. Last night, while recording some things for the radio, my friend Gay alerted me to the following:

In 1999, preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the most pressing issues of our time, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley launched Peace One Day and set out to find a starting point for peace. He had a mission: to document his efforts to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date.

Remarkably, two years on, he achieved his primary objective when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace. We call that day Peace Day.

The UN International Day of Peace on 21 September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools. Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.

Now the next major objective is to introduce 3 billion people to Peace Day by 2012. To do it, we need the help of all people regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or gender; people who are willing to stand up for peace. 

Jeremy Gilley on Right

“My experience of conflict is that those who are involved in it long for even a day of peace. To have a day of cessation of violence, that to me is an idea whose time has come.”

 Mary Robinson, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, from a filmed meeting with Jeremy Gilley.

The above information was found at: http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/welcome

I urge you to visit the site, get involved and, especially, to think about what you will do today to create peace and harmony in your life and in the world.

Peace, John

P.S. Below is the recording we’re playing on the radio here in New Zealand’s Far North today. I recorded it last night:

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