Singin’ a Song for Peace!

So, lately, I’ve been listening to songs that speak about peace. I don’t know why, but its all good,聽because peace songs can’t hurt, right? They make me smile all the time and help to remind me of what’s important in life. I’ve listed some songs about peace below. I hope they bring a smile to your face as they did to mine! 馃檪

“Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer

“Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas

“Heal the World” by Michael Jackson

“Imagine” by John Lennon

“Let There be Peace on Earth” a hymn composed for the United Nations

“Peace” by Cat Stevens

“Give Peace A Chance” The Beatles

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Mother Teresa: A Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Macedonia on Auguest 26, 1910. At the young age of 12, she felt that she was called to serve God. When she was 18-years-old, she left home to joine the Sisters of Loreto, a community of Irish nuns who stationed missions in India. On May 24, 1931, Mother Teresa took her initial vows as a nun. She began her new vocation by teaching at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta. She was swept with emotion by the suffering and poverty outside of the convent; and in 1948 she left her covent school to devote herself to serving the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. On October 7, 1950, she was granted permission from the Holy See to form her own order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. It was formed to provide love and care for those who were ignored and neglected. In 1965, by聽Pope Paul VI, the society became an International Religious Family. The Society of Missionaries exists all over the world and follows Mother Teresa’s storng values orf charity toward the poor. Her wonderful work has been praised throughout the world. She has won numberous awards including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Nehru Prize in 1972, and the Balzan Prize in 1979.

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Take a Breather!

This past week was the last week of quarter three; and for some strange reason, I’ve always found quarter three to be the most difficult for me. I was really beginning to stress out with all the quizzes, tests, and last-minute projects beginning to pile up on me. And to top it all off, I realized that I have yet to prepare for what might be the death of me… *cough cough – my theology teacher’s聽 dreaded oral test.

So to shake off all the stress that’s been heaved upon my backpack, I went out to relax with my friend. Now usually friends hang out at the movies or the mall; but no, we went to her room and sat on the floor in silence… I know – weird…

This wasn’t really typical of her, and I was quite frankly creeped out about the silence. She explained to me that meditation, for her, was the most effective way to relieve the mind and soul from stress. But for me, sitting on the floor and saying nothing was difficult (considering how hyper I can sometimes be…). She brought out yoga mats that her mom owned. I was reluctant to do those strange yoga positions. Nevertheless, I gave it a try. She turned on this CD that played background music that sounded like nature sounds (like water trickling, birds chirping, etc.) Don’t even ask me where she got that CD… :/

So we sat there, breathing and clearing our minds, for who knows how long. At first, I was really awkward because my back began to ache, and I聽wasn’t comfortable doing the “lotus pose” and the “Happy Baby Pose”. After a while, though, I was beginning to get used to it. My friend taught me all these positions and techniques that taught me how to find inner peace in a time of stress. I learned that my uncomfortableness was simply a result of being closed-minded and tense. Once I let go of my troubles and thoughts of being embarrassed, I really felt calm. I trusted that everything was going to be all right. I learned that stress in moderation is necessary, but overdoing it (or anything for that matter) isn’t.

The time that I spent in meditation with my friend proved to an advantage to my time. It taught me a lot, and helped me find inner peace. Although I will still continue to stress in my life, I now know a technique to help me escape and relax. I’m still new to this concept, but it’s definently one that I will try to use in my daily life. I recommend yoga to everyone who feels tight and stressed out. It will feel awkward at first, but its worth it!

Just take a breather!

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Earthquake in Chile

Opportunities of suffering and sadness are said to be God’s Way of bringing peace into the world. Sometimes it takes聽some hardships to open our eyes and help us realize what’s really important in life. When we lose something or someone, we realize how thankful we truely are for the little聽blessings that are taken for granted. To me, the earthquakes in Haiti and now in Chile are a chance for the world to work together for peace and restoration.

A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 struck Chile on February 27, 2010 at 3:34 a.m. This earthquake is one of the strongest ever recorded. Chilean authorities say that over 400 people are found dead. There are countless others missing and injured. In addition to the devastating storm, the earthquake has caused a tsunami that is traveling across the Pacific Ocean heading toward Hawaii. Unlike that of Haiti, the earthquake occured 70 miles off Chile’s coast and was far apart from big cities. Still, the quake’s magnitude traveled 22 miles underground. Officials report that at least half-a-million homes have been severly destroyed affecting approximately 2 million people. Although it is a heart-breaking situation in Chile, the number of victims affected isn’t as much as the death tolls in Haiti.

When I heard about this recent earthquake, I was in shock. I was thinking, “First Haiti, now this?” I couldn’t believe how natural disasters were taking a huge part of news within a similar time frame. But something inside me said that hope wasn’t lost. Like for Haiti, the world to could come together and help the Chileans. In spite of my disbelief, I smiled remembering one of my favorite quotes: “PEACE IS NOT A DESTINATION. IT IS A ROAD FOR TRAVELLERS.”

I think we should all travel this road whether it be a familial, communal, or world-wide issue! Everyone can be a traveller on the road to peace! Yes, its going to take a while. Yes, the walking will hurt our feet. But the thought of creating difference for a greater good will bring a smile to our faces and a glimmer聽to our eyes! The thought combined with the effort to walk the road will bring peace into our world!

So don’t be discouraged. Stand up and make peace!
Isn’t it comforting to know that even disastrous moments in our lives can be turned into opportunities for peace?

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“We Are the World”

Peace is defined in many different ways. Perhaps what all definitions share is the common sense of goodness. Peace can be a feeling, a state of being, a goal, an accomplishment, etc. However, I believe that peace is not for a single individual experience. It is for all mankind to partake in. Peace can’t be accomplished by just one person; but it can be started by one person.Isn’t it great, though, when so many people come together to work for peace? Sadly, sometimes destruction and devastation must occur in order for us to work for peace. Sometimes our opportunities to see/experience goodness and blessing are hidden underneath the rubble of seemingly hopeless situations. Haiti is an example of our efforts.

2010 has brought us the affliction of the Haiti earthquake as well as the opportunity to work towards the goal for peace. The song “We Are The World”, written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson in 1985, was sung again by 81 new artists including: Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Pink, Janet Jackson, and many more. The song’s purpose is to gather help and donations for Haitian relief. “We Are The World” displays our human characteristic and longing for peace. It shows that we are a unitive people. You can send help to this country in need by donating to world25.org or purchasing the song at itunes.com/WeAreTheWorld.

Here’s the link to the official music video of “We Are the World”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glny4jSciVI&annotation_id=annotation_39374&feature=iv

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The Nobel Peace Prize

Hello Readers!

As a preview to the upcoming posts that I will publish about peacemakers of our time and in history, I thought it would appropriate to give some information about the prestigous Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded to a few of these wonderful people.

The Nobel (not Noble) Peace Prize was established by Alfred Bernhard Nobel. Nobel was a Swedish native who was known聽through multiple professions such as:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Scientist

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chemist

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Inventor

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Entrepreneur

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Author

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pacifist

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Engineer

Through his last will, he communicated his wish to invest much of his large fortune in the creation of the Nobel Prize. The basis for these awards were constructed in 1895. Since 1901, this prize has been聽universally rewarded to men and women who have excelled in works of peace in聽physics, medicine, chemistry, and literature.

*Interesting Side Note*

Alfred Bernhard Nobel is also recognized as the inventor of dynamite… hmm.

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Help feed the hungry… with bracelets!

Eeeep!

I found a website that sells the cutest bracelets!! The prices range from $5 to $30. The best thing about them is that they incorporate different forms of culture, and the money used to purchase these bracelets all go to help feed the hungry! They also sell earrings, socks, bags, vests, boots, keychains, etc!!! 馃檪

Please see the site! Its so cute and goes to a great cause!
It’s a win-win situation!

http://shop.thehungersite.com/store/search.do?siteId=220&keywords=peace+and+bracelet&page=2

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