International Day of Peace

With sweetness, peace!

With sweetness, peace!

Tomorrow is International Day of Peace and according to the United Nations General Assembly, this day is to  “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.”

Tomorrow is also the day that I take guardianship of the new Binissalem Peace Centre.  I feel truly blessed to be part of this project and excited at this new venture in my life.

What is peace and what does it mean to me?  I believe peace is that place within; that place that is always still, always calm, like a beautiful calm sea with its quiet crashing of waves on the shore, not disturbing but soothing.  It is that feeling I have when all is well in my world.  When all around are happy and content, with the kind of energy that is about being more than it is about doing, a kind of artistic expression, creative in its essense.

Peace is important to me.  With it is the journey of love, tolerance, compassion and acceptance as well as forgiveness and understanding.  Peace is my responsibility and only when I own my feelings, reactions and attitudes to all that happens around me will I be able to enjoy peace.  Peace begins with me.  Peace is there, within me.

Tomorrow as I move up to the centre – it is an old building of 800m2 on 26000m2 of land – I shall take a moment to meditate and pray to God that we may all be blessed and discover peace.  I shall consider those in extreme conditions of war and poverty and pray for peace.   I can only start with me and tomorrow and every day that is the seed I shall water.

May peace be on everyone of us.  Happy day tomorrow!

http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

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Llum, luz, light

Let there be light in our hearts and minds

Let there be light in our hearts and minds

Today second born started a new school.  He had been a pupil at this school when it first started in 2007 and was one of the first pupils there but in late 2008 we changed him for reasons I now cannot remember.  The last two months have been a struggle for me to make a decision for him and to accommodate a change that he is very much resisting.  He doesn’t want to leave his friends at his last school but he is moving up a grade and it is time for change.  However, today started with light at the end of the tunnel and I feel grateful to this small, alternative, holistic school for the welcome.

Second born was worried about being the only new kid on the block and whilst he is the only new one in his class there are 9 others in various middle school classes who were nervous this morning.  The day starts with an aubada, a gathering of all in which a story or poem can be told, songs sung and a moment’s silence enjoyed before the start of the school day.

Today was no exception.  Whilst the regulars got ready and the newbies waited anxiously outside, the time came for us to go in, one by one and my boy was the first to enter.  His new teacher came to the door to receive him, shake his hand, look him in the eyes and tell him “welcome”.  They then went through to the circle in which there was a candle, lit, waiting.  He was given a smaller candle to light from the big one and set beside it.  This went on for all the new children.

How beautiful I thought that there exists a place where the moment is just that, a moment.  In this case the moment was filled with love and wonder and above all the significance of light – the light of the divine, the light within, the light around us.

I am waiting till 2pm to pick him up and see how it went, but as I have been asking my dad to keep an eye on him from the light, I have a feeling it will be fine.

Let there be light in the darkest places within us all and let light shine on this world.

Om shanti.

For more information on the school which is a holistic approach to learning and based on the individual and values visit them at http://www.sallavor.es

 

Stormy September

They're a big bigger now!

Sons – they’re a bit bigger now!

It’s that time of year again in Mallorca, summer suddenly over and the rains are here.  Or maybe not!  I love getting caught out every year – the rains come down and that’s it, summer’s all over.  Then the heat starts up again and just as we are packing away the summer gear, by the end of September it’s sweltering again.  This year I am forming a deeper relationship with patience and shall not rush to imagine that summer is over, yet.

The true stormy nature of September is quite subtle.  The long school holidays which I enjoy every year end almost abrubtly even though we know to expect this.  Then routine and discipline start asserting their presence and school beckons.  First born doesn’t have to worry about going back to school or uni.  He started a new job last week and was quite gutted to stop camping at the beach, guitar and hammock accessorising his look, surf board and friends at the ready always.  He has a great opportunity to learn in a new job and his total optimism on life certainly impressed me.  When I asked him how much they would pay him, he informed me that they hadn’t actually discussed money at the interview!  My horror expressed itself but he stopped me and said “mum, I trust the boss to pay me well”!  And what is the outcome?!  He has a great new salary for one so young but more importantly, by expecting only the best possible outcome – that’s what he got – positive thinking, positive outcome – good luck son!

Second born and I are nervous about the vuelta al cole as there are going to be big changes and of course, we don’t know what to expect.  However, I am taking on the role of mama wolf and am doing the best to prepare him for the new – more on this in a week or so but please pray for me to keep calm, focussed and strong for the both of us.

Alongside with the cares and concerns of mothering, I am also giving birth to a new project in the form of a peace centre in my village.  The owner, out of the blue, wrote me and offered me use of the finca – in her words:

“to create something there, whatever you can imagine, but you as a special woman, I feel that you are the right one to raise the power of the place”

I have of course said YES!  My vision for a centre of excellence, transformation and well being is about to become reality and I have enormous gratitude to people like her in the world!  Her generosity and trust are powerful indications of how we can all come together and inspire change and the Binissalem Peace Centre is going to be opening soon.  I was fortunate to have eleven friends pop up last week for a little cleaning party – it is 800m2 of finca on 26000m2 of land!  We prepared the small apartment within the finca and they worked hard and enjoyed themselves at the same time – thank you to all of them for taking the time to come up, mops and brooms too!

The end of summer is nearly with us but as Mallorca moves into it’s second spring now, we can see so much growing around us and not only our young!  This is the time for new projects, new lessons and seeds can be planted or harvested.  I know what I’m going to do, do you?