Newcastle Green Festival Peace Pledges

Over the weekend of the 7th and 8th June 2014 in the well-being area of the Newcastle  Green Festival Space For Peace and World Peace Tyneside asked the people of Newcastle what they would do for United Nations Peace Day on 21st September and this is what they pledged;

Please let us know your favourite and what you will do for peace in your community

I pledge to make peace by…               DSC_0038

  1. Promoting the  Peace Day on Facebook.
  2. Developing my understanding of others.
  3. Taking time to be grateful for all I have.
  4. Being less angry.
  5. Meditation and yoga.
  6. Being helpful and kind to people.
  7. Cultivating unity in diversity and creating harmony and trust through sharing.
  8. Doing something for the needy.
  9. Speaking none violently.
  10. Making peace with my brother.
  11. Smiling                                                   smile for peace (609x640)
  12. Being kind to others.
  13. Being more positive.
  14. Celebrating living and connecting to others.
  15. No more poverty.
  16. Being calm if someone provokes me.
  17. Caring for others and helping in whatever way possible.
  18.  Meditating twice a day and raising a boy who is loving and peaceful.
  19. Giving more respect and love to people on the planet.
  20. Leading more peace dances.                                    cropped-s4p-logo1.jpg
  21. Music! Always.
  22. Sending out good vibes to the universe.
  23. Being happy.
  24. Meditating for peace.
  25. To make everyone happy.
  26. Giving money to poor people in Africa.
  27. Honouring and respecting myself and others.
  28. Being kind to others and spreading love wherever I go ..
  29. Loving each other, not judging xxxxxx
  30. Praying in the early morning.                       DSC_0023
  31. Loving people.
  32. Writing songs about peace.
  33. Being kind.
  34. Being considerate and more accepting x.
  35. Loving myself. Loving my others.
  36. Being kind to everyone.
  37. Being friendly to unfriendly customers.
  38. Being peaceful in my being.
  39. Being calm when I feel frustrated.                     DSC_0022
  40. Helping those around me.
  41. Tolerance and compassion to all.
  42. Giving and receiving love and being open hearted.
  43. Being peaceful.
  44. Walking and dancing.
  45. Saying yes more.
  46. Try and make friends with people.
  47. Meditating and enjoying life to the full.
  48. Making more people happy.
  49. Being nice to others and passing on help I receive.            DSC_0021
  50. Being mindful for myself and of others.
  51. Encouraging active approaches to listening to others across the health professions.
  52. Making someone feel special.
  53. Being more mindful of other people’s opinions and actions.
  54. Not living in fear.
  55. Be kinder.
  56. Doing random acts of kindness.
  57. Sending Reiki to Mother Earth and all who live on her xxx
  58. Treating everyone the same.
  59. Thinking more positively.
  60. Making someone smile.                                       DSC_0019
  61. Forgiving even when it seems impossible.
  62. Being more open minded and smiling more.
  63. Making a new friend.
  64. Being open to everyone and sharing a smile every day.
  65. Smile to everyone!
  66. Being a good listener.
  67. Talking about things honestly when there is a problem to resolve it.
  68. Laughing and loving more.
  69. Smiling more.
  70. Don’t shoot anymore people.                                  DSC_0018
  71. No war.
  72. Listen to others and be patient.
  73. Practising acceptance of all.
  74. Planting, sowing, harvesting.
  75. Making joyful music and dancing from my heart.
  76. Give peace a chance in the world’s harmony.
  77. Spreading the word of being open minded.
  78. Be kind to everyone and include myself.
  79. Taking up meditation.
  80. Spreading my peace to all.                                          DSC_0017
  81. Bringing unity and oneness to all humankind.
  82. Being peaceful.
  83. Love to all.
  84. Being more open minded and considering more than one view point.
  85. Meditating.
  86. Communicating peacefully with people in my life.
  87. Be kind and make people happy.
  88. Removing suspicion among one another.
  89. Exploring.
  90. Talking about peace to whomever I meet today.                              DSC_0016
  91. To choose love and not fear. To spread positive love, I will smile at everyone I see on this day.
  92. Making as many people as possible aware of peace.
  93. Spending more time listening to people.
  94. Smiling and caring.
  95. Chanting mantras.
  96. Pregnant couples using hypnobirthing.
  97. Sharing my happiness and success to brighten others’.
  98. Reducing inequalities, making the richer help the poorer.
  99. Do not chatter.
  100. Starting at home.                                              DSC_0015
  101. Example. Respect, love, connect, gratitude.
  102. Finding my peace within – sharing with out.
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  104. This is what it’s all about. Here in Newcastle the New(castle) Enlightenment, the New(world) Enlightenment, one New(species) Enlightenment.
  105. Sharing, learning and sharing again.
  106. Spreading heart intelligence to help people make peace with themselves.
  107. Be nice to (sibling).
  108. Playing Didgeridoo
  109. Chanting mantras
  110. Sharing my heart generously with others
  111. Teaching my class bout day of non violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote for Peace

Space For Peace have a vision to create peace gardens in every community across the North East of England. Not just to make unused public space a nicer place to be, although that certainly would be a part of it.  We see the creation of a network of peace gardens to be a catalyst to embed a culture of peace within our communities.

We are surrounded by images, news, games, movies and stories that reinforce a message of individuals, communities and nations continually in conflict. It is no wonder that when bombarded with all of this we rarely consider the alternative, the one thing that unites us all, the desire for peace.

Imagine if every community had a public place dedicated to peace, reconcilliation, forgiveness and healing. A secular space for the whole community to use as place for prayer, reflection, meditation or just a moment to stop, to think, to be and take a break from from whatever chaos surrounds their lives.  A place to raise awareness and conciousness of what peace means, where to find it and how to make it. And in the centre of this space a place to make a public commitment to peace, a place to share their personal pledge for how they will make peace.

A Space For Peace

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Imagine the power of communities united together for peace, imagine peace gardens acting as beacons offering a constant reminder that peace is always available, imagine a place for the celebration, learning and growth of peace.

We have the vision

You have the power

Please vote for peace gardens

We need your help

Space For Peace – Peace Gardens

 

A Space For Peace – A Place to Be

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Space For Peace’s  mission is “To release the power of individuals to create the Space for Peace and reduce the incidence of domestic abuse, bullying and antisocial behaviour in our communities.”

One element of our work is to combine the development of physical spaces for peace with support to individuals and groups to explore and discover their own personal space for peace.  Integral to this vision is the creation of Peace gardens in every community across the North East of England.

Proposal

To create Peace Gardens within disadvantaged and deprived communities across North East England.

Benefits

  • Community cohesion.
  • Effective, innovative use of unused space.
  • Reduction in Anti-social behaviour.
  • Improved health and well being.
  • Creation of new public community space.

The unique and integral concept inherent in the project will be the introduction of mindfulness based meditation combined with the creation of a physical community space for reflection.  Mindfulness is an approach to well being that combines meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment which helps people change the way they think, feel and act. The health and well being benefits of mindfulness are well documented and mindfulness based cognitive therapy is now recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an alternative to medication in the treatment of anxiety and depression within the NHS.

Each Peace Garden, although based around an outline framework, would be designed and created by the community, for the community.  Space for Peace would provide the outline framework and engage in community consultation with members of the local community, across all age groups.

This consultation would include raising awareness around issues of peace and an introduction to the use of mindfulness meditation to rediscover peace within themselves.

The purpose of each Peace Garden will be to both provide a physical space for peace for members of the local community to use to reflect on peace and a symbol of the community’s commitment to Peace.

Each Peace Garden will be circular in shape and include three separate sections.  Each section will focus on a different question related to peace;

  • What does peace mean to you and for you?
  • Where is peace for you?
  • How do you make peace?

Each section will also include a locking post box in which people can post peace pledges.  These pledges would then be laminated for protection from the elements and hung on the tree in the centre of the garden.  The act of writing down the pledge psychologically reinforces the personal commitment, this is further reinforced by sharing the pledge publicly by hanging it on the tree.

Conclusion

The creation of  Peace Gardens will provide an opportunity to develop greater community cohesion, release the power of individuals to create the Space for Peace and revitalise unused space.  Through embedding peace as a concept into the culture and beliefs of the people within these communities an impetus will be created for shifting cultural norms around anti-social behaviour, domestic Abuse and bullying.  The use of mindfulness will develop greater self ownership and therefore less reliance and dependence on ‘services’ as communities will manage challenges within.

School pupils help to create Space For Peace with Tristar Homes

SCHOOL PUPILS HELP TO CREATE SPACE FOR PEACE

 

Tristar Homes is supporting a day which encourages peace and unity by raising awareness of the issues of domestic abuse, bullying and anti-social behaviour.

As part of international Peace Day on 21 September, the housing provider which owns and manages over 10,000 homes across Stockton, has been working with local pupils from St Bede’s Primary School in Newtown and Preston Primary School in Eaglescliffe.

Pupils aged 10 were given a leading role by helping Tristar patch manager, Chris Peters, to deliver puppet shows at the schools with the aim of teaching other young people about various social issues and behaviours which can affect a neighborhood’s peace and wellbeing.

Tristar Homes is a key partner and founding sponsor in Space for Peace, a north east organisation which works to reduce domestic abuse, bullying and anti-social behaviour across the region, as well as raising awareness of International Peace Day used to promote ceasefire and non-violence.

Paul Noddings, Tristar Homes neighbourhood operations manager and a board trustee for Space For Peace said: “At Tristar we are committed to supporting the neighbourhoods in which we work by making these safer and more pleasant places to live. By working together we aim to raise awareness of peace in our local communities and facilitate interventions that enable individuals to understand the impact of peace on the health, wealth and happiness of our customers.”

 

At Tristar’s annual open day in August, customers were also invited to make peace pledges by asking what peace meant to them. Over 120 pledges were completed and placed on olive trees which have since been donated to Tristar’s 2013 corporate charities – Butterwick and Hartlepool & District Hospices.

Paula McCormack of Space for Peace added: “Our aim is to raise awareness of peace in our local communities and enable individuals in our communities understand the meaning of peace and the impact it can have.

“We are passionate about bringing this awareness to the widest context possible working within many areas from schools, local authorities to health and charity and voluntary sectors

What does Peace mean for you?

The aim of Space for Peace is “To release the power of individuals to create the Space for Peace and reduce the incidence of domestic abuse, bullying and antisocial behaviour in our communities.”

To help facilitate creating Spaces for Peace for individuals and communities we ask for reflection on three core questions;

What does peace mean to you?

What does Peace mean for you?

Where is Peace for you?

and finally we ask for personal pledges for Peace

How do you make Peace?

In  a previous posts we discussed what does peace mean to you. In this post we will discuss the second of these questions.

Although on the face of it this question is similar to the previous one, answering this question helps people reflect upon the external benefits of knowing peace.

At events across the North East of England, Space for Peace have been asking people in local communities what peace means for them. Here are a few of their responses;

‘Children don’t starve’    ‘Religion can be celebrated no matter which it is’   ‘A chance to be happy’

‘I can get on with my life without violence’  ‘I can be honest about how I feel’  ‘Poverty ends’

‘I can live without fear’  ‘No alcohol in the house’  ‘All races are respected by all’   ‘I’m ok’

‘There are no more killings’  ‘When people help each other’  ‘No drunken violent outbursts’

‘That I don’t have to make excuses for my bruises’   ”That mum and dad love me’

‘That my family are happy’  ‘No more tanks or bombs are built’  ‘When dad is not drunk’

‘People get along’  ‘I have no debt’  ‘Freedom to be me’

‘That people respect one another’

From these responses it is clear that when peace begins with the individual, the impact on family, community and wider society can be massive.

Peace is not a fluffy, hippy concept to be created in communes separate from the rest of the world, nor is it an enforced absence of conflict brought about by greater firepower and fear.  Peace is not revolutionary, the journey towards peace is evolutionary and begins with each of us as individuals, as humans and as part of a greater whole.

Creating Space For Peace is about Reducing Domestic Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour & Bullying in local communities and raising awareness of the UN Resolution in which 192 member states voted unanimously to have a Global Day of ceasefire and non-violence each year on 21st September.

The UN International Day of Peace on 21st September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools.  Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.

To find out more about Space for Peace, find us on facebook, follow us on twitter or contact us at info@spaceforpeace.co.uk.