Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to
cultivate nonviolence, compassion and the insight of interbeing in our daily
lives and promote peace, education, mindful meditation, and reconciliation
within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and in the
world. We are committed not to kill and not to let others kill. We will not
support any act of killing in the world, in our thinking or in our way of life.
We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better
ways to protect life, prevent war, and build peace. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, 12th of 14 Mindfulness Trainings
Myself, along with an interfaith group walked 30 miles, with peaceful steps, in the name of love. Arriving for the Good Friday sunrise service at America’s premier weapons of mass destruction laboratory in Livermore, California. Listening to the voices of many speaking and singing in harmony for peace eased my tired, sore legs. Reverend Phil Lawson remembering his time with Dr. Martin Luther King. Urging us to let go of our fear, and embrace our brotherhood and sisterhood; our inter-being nature.
This humble walk, a small gesture to keep hope alive that a day will come, free of war. Free of the need for war. Free of fear of other people. Realizing we need to feel safe together. Beholding the fragile, sacred nature of our individual and collective existence. Loving and caring for other people, animals, plants and minerals, fully recognizing that we share the same fate.
As I rest legs and feet, recognizing it’s a good Saturday to be alive.
…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
any more. Micah 4:3