Archive for October, 2011

Everest: A Climb for Peace – Children’s Book

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Everest: A Climb for Peace - A Children's Book

Pre-order a copy of Everest: A Climb for Peace – A Children’s Book, now through our Kickstarter.com campaign.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

- The book chronicles the inspirational journey of ‘Peace Climbers’ from different faiths and cultures as they climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in the world. The focus is on Palestinian Ali Bushnaq and Israeli’s Dudu Yifrah and Micha Yaniv….

They attempt to set aside their differences to create a path of teamwork, friendship and cooperation to try to summit the world’s highest peak. This however, is easier said than done. Their nations have been fighting for many years – will three men also fight or will they unite and make it together to the summit? Follow them as they climb the tallest mountain in the world.

Lance and Kaden Trumbull

Hi my name is Lance Trumbull – I am the founder and executive director of The Everest Peace Project. I am also the producer and director of the film - Everest: A Climb for Peace. I have written a 32 page Children’s picture book based on our award winning documentary film Everest: A Climb for Peace, which is now nationwide on national TV. It is an Adventure Book about Peace, Teamwork and Friendship.

The purpose of the book is to inspire, inform, and educate. The age range is for kids 8 years old and up. The images in the book will be 8.5 inches by 11 inches. There is text on every page neatly and easily readable over each image on each page.

We are currently running a campaign on a social media site called “Kickstarter.com” – where you can pre-order the book. We are doing this campaign to help fund the printing costs of the book, which is 100% ready.
Please see our Kickstarter.com campaign now.

Peace = Patience + Perseverance

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Lately, a lot of people have been asking me what I’m doing in India, how long I’m going to stay here, and what my plans are. Especially as I keep falling sick or getting hurt.

My answer is usually standard: I’m here until God takes me elsewhere.

I’d love to go all around the world. And I have a plan to make it happen. I just don’t know when it will happen.

It could be frustrating, but over time, I’ve learned to let go.

Part of yoga is to persevere and overcome the obstacles in one’s path to samadhi (nirvana/ enlightenment). You might not get the asana perfectly the first time you try it. You might not even understand what to do.

In the peace field, one must also persevere, struggling to get the message across. The first try, we may not succeed; but as the old adage goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. When in the field, the peace worker may not know how to proceed in a new environment. Yet trying is what makes success. Without trying, there is no possibility for achieving the goal of peace.

A yoga practice requires the cultivation of dedication in order to bear fruit. In a similar manner, peace does not happen overnight. Palestinians, Kashmiris, and Tibetans have been fighting for it for generations. More recently, the Occupy protests have stirred an uprising in the working and middle classes. Their causes will not bear fruit in just one day. It takes time for each party to recognize other perspectives, time to come to the table, and time to create alternative methods and transform the issue.

Patience and perseverance are required for peace.

Maybe it seems like I’m not doing much. Not earning much, not giving back much.

What I have done is learn: I’ve learned patience in my project processes; perseverance in the projects; and patience with myself. The Dalai Lama says “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

I’ve learned to be compassionate with myself, no longer beating myself over not having the job or career of my dreams, not being able to navigate in this new country, and not being able to affect the lives of those in need.

I’ve given myself the opportunity to reflect on my own self, understand my obstacles to samadhi, and begun to make small changes to my life. I’ve given myself the opportunity to observe others, and learn from them, appreciating their ways.

I know that if I try, and try again, persevering, eventually, with patience, my dreams of peace and Yoga for Peace** will come true.

Read more: http://sowmyaayyar.wordpress.com

**Yoga for Peace is a 10- 15 session course offered to students in universities around the world in peace, conflict, and development programs. Yoga for Peace also goes to NGOs and other organizations in need. To learn more, contact me!

Peace Walk ends in Atlanta on 11-11-11

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Karen Watson karenwatson714@yahoo.com 334-596-3756 Mary Woods marymargaretwoods@gmail.com 570-494-3643

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The 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace announces the Peacemakers’ Walk of Honor on 11-11-11 as a part of the final leg of the 13 month, 60 cities and reservations peace walk, 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace. The Walk of Honor will begin at Freedom Park in Atlanta, GA on 11-11-11 (November 11, 2011) @ 10am and end at The King Center by the Martin Luther King, Jr, Eternal Flame, by 11:11am. Peace groups are invited to join us on the walk from Freedom Park to The King Center.

The Peacemakers’ Walk of Honor celebrates people in communities around the country who are making a difference. We salute our Peacemaker Honorees for their commitment to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his passion for the “Beloved Community”; a sustainable future for all people; and our diverse traditions and cultures. Friends and residents of Atlanta are invited to join the walkers and honorees as they complete their USA walk for peace and healing in our communities, on 11-11-11, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace began in Atlanta, GA at the King Center on 10-10-10 (October 10, 2010) and will conclude in Atlanta, GA on 11-11-11 (November 11, 2011). By the conclusion of the walk on 11-11-11, the 13 Moon Peace Walkers will have visited over 60 cities and reservations around America.

Today, the 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace team recognizes heroes in communities across America who are making a difference by: 1. Helping those in need in their communities;
2. Preserving tradition and culture;
3. Giving voice to the voiceless and visibility to the invisible; and
4. Creating a sustainable future with reverence for Mother Earth.

Please put the date, November 11, 2011 on your schedule. The weekend will begin with the official walk into Atlanta, GA on 11-11-11, followed by a press conference and Peacemaker’s Walk of Honor reception and celebration that evening.

The 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace will also sponsor the Atlanta Sleep Out to raise awareness about homelessness in America. This will take place on the evening of 11-12-11, and you are invited to join the team.

Contact Karen Hunter Watson at karenwatson714@yahoo.com or you may call her at 334-596-3756 or Mary Woods at marymargaretwoods@gmail.com , 570-494-3643 for more information.

Spirit of Truth Foundation, Inc. ● www.13moonwalk4peace.com ● 13moonpw@gmail.com ● 404-374-1162

Nominate an interfaith hero/heroine for the new annual Coexist Prize.

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Greetings of love and peace.

I want, belatedly, to add my voice to the others who have encouraged members of the URI global community to nominate an interfaith hero/heroine for the new annual Coexist Prize.

The US$100,000 Coexist Prize will honor and reward the work of an unsung hero or heroine who has helped to build bridges between different faith communities.  There will also be two runner-up prizes of $10,000 each and all of the finalists will be featured in short documentaries.

At this point, time is short.  Submissions must be received by October 14, 2011. Click here to nominate someone or learn more.

The URI community is filled with “unsung” heroes and heroines who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. This is an opportunity to gain recognition and financial support.  So please consider nominating someone you believe is a shining star of the United Religions Initiative today for this new initiative of the Coexist Foundation.

Thank you for the inspiring work you do.

Blessings

Charles

The Rev Canon Charles P. Gibbs • Executive Director

Yoga for You

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Vijayadasmi– the Hindu celebration for students to learn new things. Falling on the 10th day of the lunar month of Aswin, Vijayadasmi is celebrated by Hindus and others across South Asia by starting new endeavors.

This year, I invite all my readers around the world to try something new. Let us join together to learn how to be. Being is difficult, being yourself is even harder, and being the person you always wanted to be– well that can be trying, to say the least.

Sometimes, the stresses of life can cause us to forget who we are in relation to the world– a small but powerful spectacle in a single moment in time.

With yoga, one can re-learn how to relate to oneself and to the universe. We can reconnect to nature and the world around us. Vijayadasmi gives us an opportunity to assess where we have been over the past year, where we are now, and where we want to go in the comingyear(s).

With Yoga, there is no end to learning. Regardless of how many years we practice, learn, or teach, regardless of how much we know, we can always learn more.

If you live in Bangalore, I invite you to join me on Friday, October 7, for a special session of yoga, with the goal of learning something new about yourself that you can love and respect.

Happy Navarathri, and Happy Learning!

Smiles :) , Sowmya
MA, Environmental Security and Peace, UN Mandated University for
Peace, Costa Rica
MA, Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria
blog: http://sowmyaayyar.wordpress.com

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