Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on young people around the world to take a stand for peace, under the theme, Youth for Peace and Development. The campaign slogan this year is “Peace=Future, The math is easy.”
We all want to make the world a better place. However, the peace that we all long for does not only mean peace for the world but it portends peace for all levels of society, especially for each individual, which is the smallest unit of society. In past attempts we have not yet proved how sustainable peace can be established in every level of civilization (world, country, society, family and our own mind). Perhaps the way to sustainable peace is much simpler than the complex methods we have previously tried. Individual inner peace is what we always overlook and neglect.
Following the declaration in UNESCO’s constitution, i.e. “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed,” a campaign, one minute for peace, was easily accepted by peace lovers around the world. It serves as a good starting point for people to taste a hint of inner peace. Nevertheless, one minute is not enough for anyone to learn a practical way to access the inner peace that lies deep within us; the simplest way humans could ever have imagined. One minute is not enough to find peace of mind.
In the 24 hours that make up our day, we spend this limited, valuable time on many things, but we hardly ever spend time on the most precious thing of all, our own minds. It is ironic that the peacemakers of the world can no longer define peace, because they themselves do not have peace of mind. We put great efforts into peace building, but we never practice how to make peace in our mind; not even for 1 hour during the 24 hours of our day. Hence, the 2010 International Day of Peace is a great opportunity for the world to realize that this 1 in 24 hours (1-24) of inner peace time will develop peace of mind that can contribute to the construction of peace in families, societies and the world. This 1-24 will be a capital that the peacemakers who gather together on the International Day of Peace will use to create millions of hours of peace in their society as a neo heritage for future generations.
In 2010-2011, Peace Revolution will be working on the “PIPO: 1-24-4-1” global campaign to encourage young peace activists across the globe to cultivate one-hour inner peace time a day (Peace In or PI) that will be the driving force for their peace projects (Peace Out or PO) for one peace (4-1), hence, PIPO: 1-24-4-1 . If we really want true peace to happen, it’s not enough to talk about peace but it’s time to live the peace. One-Hour Peace-In will eventually result in 24-hour Peace-Out in our lives. We will be the ‘eye of the storm’ that can think, speak and act in peaceful manners amidst the flow of a frantic world. Meditation is not just a way to create a non-violent society, it is indeed the only way to forever suppress violence and create sustainable peace. Therefore, the ‘1-24-4-1’ event will be the revolutionary beginning of something extraordinary for the world we cherish.
On the international day of peace, Peace Revolution will provide online live guided meditation sessions free of charge for groups of 10 meditators or more. If you are interested in organizing a 1-24-4-1 campaign in your city and you need a guided meditation facility for Peace Revolution, please contact [email protected] for more information. The appointment should be made at least one week prior to the event.