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Thread: International Hour of Peace
July 1st, 2011 #1
International Hour of Peace
I'm trying to organize an event. Basically I'm encouraging everyone to meditate (preferably in public) between noon and 1 pm (PST) of 7/24. You can read more about it here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185556948165188 It'd be really great if you guys joined in.
From the facebook page:
I need not tell you of all of the war and pain that exists in the world, as well as the lack of contentment caused by our everyday worries. I am proposing that for only one hour, we can all sit and meditate and give the world a dose, albiet a small dose, of peace.
The time I am proposing is 7/24 at noon pacific standard time because most people do not work on Sundays and if they do they normally have their lunch break around this time. It would be great if you could strive to meet this time, but I understand that due to different time zones that will be a difficulty. If you can't do this at noon PST, then just meditate at noon of whatever time zone.
Meditate where ever you are, preferably in public, but in a place that is out of the way of people, cars, etc. Perhaps bring a comfortable cushion or blanket, and turn off your phone, ipod, and the like. It would be excellent if you could wear a sign saying something like, "Come sit with me." You don't have to meditate for the full hour, you can even do only 10 or 15 minutes if you'd like, but it should be during the time slot.
If you've never meditated before, it's quite easy. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes (you can even use ear plugs if you'd like,) and focus your attention on something solid and steady such as your breath. Rest in awareness and be mindful of all thoughts and feelings that arise. You can name these things if you'd like (like 'planning... planning' or 'remembering... remembering.') Treat all that arises with a spirit of compassion. There are many free guided meditations available online if you do a search.
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July 1st, 2011 #2
hmmmmm not sure about that Jacob ....the symbolic power behind that is huge BUT give it more time ....try to make more than just a funny happening out of it ...mobilize more people get them to organize in smaller groups something like this needs to punch right in the face of society and therefore it needs to be perceived.
Because events like this have to be huge right from the beginning to really struck peoples minds ! ( I think )
all the best
July 1st, 2011 #3
I thought 3 weeks would be long enough? I don't want people to forget about it all the same.
p.s. People have given me a surprising amount of flack for this. If you don't want to do then just don't. It's actually rather ironic to be so aggressive towards something that encourages peace.
July 1st, 2011 #4
July 1st, 2011 #5
I remember hearing that a bunch a spiritual leaders and participants did a group meditation in Washington DC in hopes of reducing crime. I don't quite remember the times or dates but from what I recall the crime rate went down a significant amount for a whole summer. I think its a great cause, please bump when it gets closer so I don't miss it.
Edit: Heres the actual information.
July 1st, 2011 #6
July 13th, 2011 #7
I'm just bumping this to say that this will be in a week from this Sunday.
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July 22nd, 2011 #10
It's flexible. It can be 12 PST or 12 anytime or just anytime at all.
Also, we just had to pick ONE time, because the goal is for universal peace, aka the more people meditating at the same time the better, and it might as well be my time, because I'm dealing with a lot of local spiritual/zen/Buddhist organizations and they're drawing in a lot of support.
Last edited by OldJake666; July 22nd, 2011 at 01:42 PM.
July 24th, 2011 #11