Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Children Call for Peace at “#ConnectingforPeace” – A Global Virtual Summit Hosted on International Day of Peace

By 121 News

Chandigarh, Sept. 23, 2020:- Peace needs you, peace has you. Heartfulness Institute hosted a virtual summit on '#Connecting for Peace' to commemorate International Day of Peace in association with United Nations Information Centre, Global Citizens India, Give India, Spirit of Humanity Forum, the Fetzer Institute, Sewa International and Gandhi Foundation.  

                 The event brought together global thought leaders Daaji, Javier Zanetti, Deepak Chopra, BK Sister Shivani, Sharon Salzberg, Mata Amritanandamayi,  Bruce Lipton, Amandine Roche, Bob Boisture, Thomas d'Ansembourg, Marta Bassino, and Michela Moioli, amongst others, to discuss the need and role of peace in the world. The event was anchored by actor and director Shekhar Kapur.  

            The discussion was followed by a synchronized guided meditation broadcast in over 100 countries in 24 different languages. The global session witnessed the advocacy of peace by people from different walks of life – children, students, sportsmen, educationalists, musicians, actors, journalists, and spiritual leaders. The highlight was children of different ages and ethnicities sharing their ideas and understanding of peace. "If I had three wishes, they would be: To have peace all over the world; that all children know their rights; and that all children have an education.

      Welcoming the millions of participants from across the world, filmmaker and actor Shekar Kapur,  said that peace is something that we all yearn for, and we all have a different understanding of it: It's peace within ourselves; it's world peace; it's the peace of the ecology; it's the peace inside your heart.

            Ms Karen Bjork, a climate change activist, said that it is because we lack space between our thoughts to actually reflect on the situation; we lack the peace to take the time to reflect and think about where we are heading and how we want to build a better world.

  Thomas d'Ansembourg, a psychotherapist and certified trainer in nonviolent communication explained discipline as a driving force of peace. "We can make peace if we work at it and if we discipline ourselves. It is the way of things,, said, Mark Milton, Founder, Education 4 Peace organization, said, "Let's 'be' the peace we want to live, with ourselves, with others, and also with the planet.

               Indian music composer Ricky Kej pianist and composer Mike Herting and flautist Shashank Subramanyam briefly spoke about the harmony that peace and collaboration create. Michel Mouyelo-Katoula, award-winning economist and statistician, said: "Peace means simply love, well-being, harmony. Harmony in my heart, harmony in my entire physical body and beyond it". Bob Boisture, President & CEO, The Fetzer Institute, suggested that people focus on the connection rather than the separation in today's world of disconnection.   

              In conversation with Daaji, Guide of Heartfulness Institute, Argentina footballer and Vice-President of Inter Milan FC, Mr Javier Zanetti, expressed his appreciation of human values and dreams. He said that he is convinced that human values are what make the difference. One person may be better at something than others, but it is people who make the difference, and the values that they succeed in transmitting.

        The session also witnessed famous sports persons like Phil Jackson, Nadia Nadim and Michela Moioli, and journalists and members of peace organizations recounting memories and their views.  

          Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly addressed as Amma, a global spiritual guide, expressed her wish to see peace spread to every corner of the Earth. "May Mother Nature forgive our mistakes and bless us with a time in which there are no natural disasters. May all of you become messengers of love and peace in this world.

                BK Sister Shivani, Member, Spirit of Humanity Forum, shed light on the ultimate human desire - to be loved, to be happy, and to have peace that everyone wants the same, the same vibration because that is the original nature of every soul. And that is why we understand the drop and the ocean. Each one is an individual drop, but we are carrying the same quality as the ocean, and the ocean is the supreme power.




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