A historic event was unfolding over Peace Weekend, Sept 20 & 21 ’14. The Dali Lama gathered the 9 religion’s of India together to discuss secular ethics and the environment of the world!
The Dali Lama declared the this Century the Century of Peace and how to achieve it – a Century of Dialogue!
Renee of Inside was inspired to create this image as she listened to the plenary sessions of this historic gathering. The leaders of the nine religions in India gathering together for a dialogue. What Renee heard from these leaders was in tune with her philosophy and life’s passion. Peace will only come through mindful dialogue. The three things she enjoyed hearing from these sessions was: 1. We are all the same. there is no difference between us. 2. We all need two things, grain and clean water. 3. If the water is polluted??????, If there is no grain??????
Inside perspective of why does a century of peace depend upon a century of dialogue?
Peace comes from learning how to build a friendship based upon trust. Good friends are ones that have experienced you as trustworthy. Bad friends are ones who have learned not to not trust you through experience. What determines trustworthy behavior? Ethical behavior based upon shared values.
Values are universal and shared by all people. We are all the same and we share the same qualities of human function. These qualities are the four aspects of self; mental, emotional, physical and belief. We all have the same needs for relationships, survival and happiness and are entitled to achieve happiness in our life. We are all entitled to relationships built upon respect and equality.
How can we create a culture of ethical behavior? Through education, practice and commitment. It begins with accepting the challenge and taking action. It is only through personal change that one can be the change they want to see in the world.
A great starting point is learning a vocabulary of values. Inside value programs are designed to start where you are and available for personal development, for the office, organization and education institution. They are available for both adults and children.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015