☮ World Peace Day Peace Pledges from The Sage in association with World Peace Tyneside ☮

On Sunday 21st September (World Peace Day) we asked how the people who came to the World Peace Day celebrations at the Sage in Gateshead could make peace in their lives and this is what they said:

I pledge to make peace by…Make your Peace Pledge here

  1. Persuading terrorists to follow a peaceful path J
  2. Connection self-others-nature ❤
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  4. Be at peace in myself to be peaceful with others. Support inner peace with meditation
  5. Accepting all human beings as such…
  6. Sending out prayers for world peace daily
  7. End to all racism in the world
  8. Supporting Palestinians
  9. Service to others love and peace
  10. Holding love & giving love to all
  11. Being a kind person to others and help the needed
  12. I being kind to people
  13. Finding peace within myself and giving love to all…
  14. Meditation & growing my compassion loving my daughter & family
  15. By praying a ceasefire lasts forever
  16. Loving myself betterWorld Peace Day Peace pledge tree
  17. Help more around the house.
  18. Being kind and compassionate to everyone I meet
  19. Being kind
  20. Having & encouraging peace within me. Let it begin with me.
  21. By being understanding to the people who did not get what they wanted in the ref. I got what I wanted
  22. Campaign to have no taxes used for militarism, but for peace instead
  23. Working to support the U.N. + United Nations Association
  24. Being kinder and less judgemental of people
  25. Accepting other points of view
  26. Spreading more peace, love & understanding
  27. Keeping things simple peace for everyone
  28. Spreading love and peace thoughts across the world
  29. No new development of weapons
  30. Play Star Wars – Only play! Leon, Age 3
  31. Asking for the holy spirit & Christ to be with us forever
  32. By spreading love even when challenged
  33. Opening my heart more and moreWorld Peace Day 2014
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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

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  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.

Peace Pledges – Tristar Homes community event

On Wednesday 7th August 2013, Space for Peace asked attendees at Tristar Homes Community event at Preston Park in Stockton to share their pledges for peace for International Peace Day.

People of all ages declared their public commitment to peace by leaving their pledge on an the branches of an olive tree.  Over 120 people made their personal commitment to peace.

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This is what they promised to their family, friends, community and the word;

On the 21st September I pledge to make peace by…

  1. Not arguing with my mam and dad
  2. Smiling at my grandchildren. Xxx
  3. To try and stop cars speeding down my street
  4. Be good for my mam and dad
  5. I would like to keep peace family
  6. Do not argue or fight
  7. Working with more environmental groups
  8. By having time for everybody and also alone time
  9. To be good for mammy and daddy
  10. My dad all day and probably for a week

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  1. Be kind all the time
  2. I love granddad from Cobe-Leigh
  3. Not to look for an argument!
  4. Today I pledge Levi to not turn my switch on and off
  5. Be good
  6. I would be a nice and kind person
  7. Smiling more
  8. Making better choices & moving forward not looking back at the past
  9. I granda from Amber
  10. Not fight with my little brother

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  1. Going forwards and not backwards
  2. Be kind every day
  3. Promise o be good for mommy
  4. Having a few minutes of silence
  5. Smiling at everybody I meet every day every way
  6. Making everyone be happy
  7. Raising awareness for people who deal with self-harm.
  8. Smiling, sharing the love and surplus food with those who need it more than I!
  9. Give mam a break
  10. Being kinder to people
  11. Smile more
  12. Giving tings to people who have nothing
  13. When I fall over my friend helps me get up.
  14. Give someone a present
  15. Make year 3 settle
  16. Not fighting with my dad & to swim in the sea at sunset
  17. Be nice to my brother and sister
  18. Not to fight with other people!!
  19. I wont argue
  20. To be good Cameron
  21. Listening to others
  22. Piggy, birdie, smile
  23. Give someone a present
  24. I will give money to poor people
  25. Smile more
  26. Making time for people that matter to me
  27. Giving blood to people in need of it and support charities.
  28. Smiling at other people and being friendly
  29. Don’t fight with my sister
  30. Be a god girl from Esme

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  1. Helping people in need
  2. I love you nana from Cameron
  3. Give someone else a better life!
  4. Katie
  5. Being nice to Josh.
  6. Being happy & sharing happiness with kids
  7. Helping others as much as I can
  8. Help my mum to get better and find a cure.
  9. Not to fight or arguments with my brother.
  10. Observing a day remembrance
  11. Having no more worries.
  12. Praying to people who die and when they die old and die in war.
  13. Make people happy
  14. Being connected with loved and lost ones! Miss you dad x
  15. Moving forward
  16. I will be nice to my friends
  17. Smile
  18. Smiling!!!
  19. Help my mammy
  20. Smile more
  21. Be more caring towards others around you
  22. I miss you nana Iris
  23. To not be naughty for my mam and not argue with my sister.
  24. Making kids happy and enjoying family time
  25. To be good more
  26. Not to be naughty for my mam!
  27. Stop fighting with my sister
  28. Sharing
  29. Smile more, Josh
  30. To help mum
  31. Caitlin wont be bad
  32. Just by relaxing and going out with family
  33. My mam because I don’t do what she says.
  34. Not to moan about silly little things!
  35. Spent time alone
  36. Love and respect
  37. Not shouting all day
  38. Bring happiness where ever I may be
  39. I like your smile today
  40. I am smiling
  41. Smiling at everyone I see
  42. Being nice to Ben.
  43. Being more tolerant
  44. Getting some quiet time
  45. Kind
  46. Make peace with myself
  47. Smile
  48. Hugging my family x
  49. Continuing to support victims of violence
  50. Make people happy
  51. Be good and do the pots
  52. Not arguing with family members
  53. Getting people of all nations together
  54. Try hard in my SATs
  55. Make a wish to be loved
  56. By not shouting
  57. Behave, smile and hug my family!
  58. Not being nasty to my big brother
  59. Smile at more strangers
  60. Not arguing and not shouting
  61. Being good
  62. Helping an elderly person.
  63. Giving love to everyone and spreading happiness
  64. Being a good girl
  65. Make the world happy.
  66. Making someone happy.
  67. I won’t play violent games, I won’t do bad things only good.
  68. Being nice to Ben.
  69. Keeping an open heart for my son.
  70. Not arguing
  71. Stop reading less TV