International Day of Peace, established by United Nations resolution is 1981, is celebrated each year on September 21.
It feels like we have such a long way to go as a species to move into a state of peace, and it can be so discouraging sometimes. But I think, especially in times when anger is so near the surface in our world; when fear is the prevalent foundation on which so much is built, we must commit even more resolutely to working towards strong peace.
When I think about peace, and I do often, I frequently call to mind the words of Mother Teresa:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have
forgotten that we belong to each other.”
I believe that. If we were all to slip ourselves out of the yoke of separation consciousness, I don’t see how we could have anything but peace.
I always spend some time reflecting as one season ends and we transition into the next. Today I was thinking about doves. The dove according to the Pancha Pakshi Bird Zodiac of India is considered the zodiacal bird for the sign Virgo. We’re transitioning out of Virgo into Libra soon, and so it felt appropriate to spend some time honoring Dove before we move into the new energies.
We have a beautiful pair of mourning doves that hang out underneath the lilac bush in our yard. I love seeing them, and listening to their calls. Today I wondered if their mournful cries were a reminder of how far from peace we seem to be collectively.
One of the first linoleum block prints I ever created was this dove of peace. I’ve printed it a number of times over the years, but this one remains my favorite, done on handmade, hand-dyed paper.
Some time ago I did a series of mailings over the course of a year that I called Piecemeal Peace. It was my way of saying I/we needed to keep peace frontmost in our minds. Lately I’ve been thinking of ways I might reprise that idea, I think I’ll be playing in the month-long October blogging challenge Write 31 Days, and I’m thinking about writing about peace and pronoia, and celebrating feel-good news. That feels like a hopeful, and hopefully useful, focus to move into autumn with.
In the meantime, tonight I’m going to light a candle and read aloud one of my favorite poem/prayers about peace by Ellen Bass. You can read it online here.
I hope you take time to observe International Peace Day, and notice all the places you can be an advocate for peace and make this world a kinder, gentler place for all of us.