An extract from 'Peacefulness: Being Peace and Making Peace', chapter four from Scherto Gill. "In this chapter I explore a different way of understanding community – community as communing and focus the discussion on those conceptions of community that stress the relational nature of our being."
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Although this lakota word, WOLOKOLKICIAPI, might be defined by the title of this chapter, the translation is insufficient to capture what it truly means to the people whose language stems from the landscape of their ancestors. Nonetheless, it serves here as a guide for understanding the idea of inner peacefulness. It helps teach us about what conditions can bring us to it and then how to breathe it into all our relations.
By Maureen Goodman: "Asked to consider the connection between inner and outer peacefulness, I have reflected on that which I know best – my own work within the Brahma Kumaris and the work of my sisters and brothers."
In writing this opening chapter and being mindful of the argument put forward in the Introduction, my proposition is this: peacefulness arises from within us as an expression of who we always have been and of whom we may become. It is rooted in love and compassion and is nurtured by stillness and silence.
'Want to avoid the rise of a new extremism? Values-based schools and a 'cosmocentric' education are the key', writes Neil Hawkes
This grassroots movement is finally being adopted around the world – and not before time, writes one pioneer of character education
Professor. Mike Hardy, Executive Director of Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University shares his thoughts at the SOH Forum...
"Wouldn’t it be better to focus not on who we were but how we behaved? Are you kind, gentle, are you generous, are you angry? That level of difference would be easier to manage."
Vladimir Yakunin with open, wonderful thoughts from his interview conducted at the 2017 Spirit Of Humanity.
"Very often we trust what we read in newspapers, or see on the TV, taking no efforts to learn or to study. That is a specific feature of human beings, not just to be curious, but to learn and to study. Education to my mind is the core element for future development of peace in the world."
Former Foreign Minister for Iceland (2007-2009) Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottirh spoke to Jim Paymar at the 2017 Spirit of Humanity Forum in Iceland
"I think they often approach them from an inner place, using their inner values, and it is important for us to not lose this. For me it is important women are to be everywhere decisions are made."
Mohinder Singh spoke to Jim Paymar at the 2017 Spirit of Humanity Forum in Iceland
" When you talk about humanity, it leaves nobody outside. We are all human, each one of us we are interconnected and interdependent. What we do affects others."