INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE – “Shaping Peace Together”

September 21stis celebrated worldwide as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE.  It is an initiative started by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 and observed around the world as a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a “Culture for Peace”.

The PEACE DAY THEME FOR 2020 is "Shaping Peace Together".  With this as it’s call to action the United Nations has asked that we celebrate this day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of COVID-19.  

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! This is what happened when I opened my yoga studio

I always say “be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it!”

I also believe that every now and again we have to do something that takes us totally out of our comfort zone, that challenges us, and maybe even scares the hell out of us!  Something that has the potential to redefine how we see ourselves in the world and what we think is possible.

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I read somewhere that “Yoga is the journey. Practice is the path.”  So this begs the question(s) - what exactly is “Yoga”, where is this “journey” taking us and what is the “path” that we are following?

What if the journey was not just about opening your hamstrings, or getting out of back pain or learning to do some new mind-boggling yoga pose?  What if the journey was about more than cultivating mental flexibility along with open hamstrings, or emotional resiliency along with a stronger core, or even a sense of equanimity to life’s ups and downs along with better balance skills? 

What if, quite simply, yoga is a journey into love…..

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I grew up in South Africa during the height of the apartheid regime.  I never really understood, at that time, what that kind of oppression actually meant for so many people in my country.  After all, I was white and middle class and still a child.  I never realized exactly WHY there were no people of color in my school, or on the beaches, or riding the bus or eating in the restaurants. It was just the way it was.  

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With the energy of Thanksgiving still lingering in our minds and hearts I like to reflect on the conversations I have had with my students and friends around Gratitude.  

One of the most powerful ways of opening up our hearts and minds is the act of offering up thanks for all we have received.  Initially when we give thanks our minds go straight to those people, things and experiences that have filled our lives, homes and hearts with joy and pleasure.  

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