May Peace Challenge: Art Thou Peaceful

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“I believe that art has the ability to transform the soul. If art can change a soul, then it can change the world.  What piece of art makes you a more peaceful person?   Post anything about the intersection of art and peace”  Kozo Hattori

 We can all start with a blank canvas and endorse peaceful messages.  What would your blank canvas express?

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Virtue Of attitude

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow.

The wind cannot overturn a mountain.

Like temptation cannot touch those who are awake, strong and humble.

Fill yourself with desire.

See the false as false

The truth as true

Look into your heart. And follow your nature.

Know these truths

and you will find

peace.

Buddha Philosopher

563-479 B.C.E.

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Understanding

Understanding-is-the3Dedicated to: Claudia

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April Peace Challenge: Giveaway!

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“…this month’s peace challenge will focus on children.  Post anything about the intersection of children and peace.”  Kozo Hattori

Serenity

This peace challenge has brought back tender memories and a new found understanding of why I am, who I am.

When I was a child in the 1970’s, my Mom created various pieces of art. The craft was called tri-chem paints and she would (color in) pictures and/or words on fabric and frame these little pictures then, hang them up in my bedroom or around the house. These creations were beautiful to my young imagination.

Here is one of the few I still have.

April Showers

There was a particular picture/poem, displayed in the house for years but, has been lost to us for almost 20 + years.  I googled some of the words my Mom and I could remember and found the poem tonight!  Along with finding this treasure, I also discovered the words that helped me discern the concepts of life, as a young child.

P.S. Thank you Kozo, for another awesome peace challenge which, for me, equates to understanding my peace.

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

Dorothy Law Nolte

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.

If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with pity,
he learns to feel sorry for himself.

If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with jealousy,
he learns what envy is.

If a child lives with shame,
he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.

If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with praise,
he learns to be appreciative.

If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.

If a child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with recognition,
he learns that it is good to have a goal.

If a child lives with sharing,
he learns about generosity.

If a child lives with honesty and fairness,
he learns what truth and justice are.

If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.

If a child lives with friendliness,
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.

If you live with serenity,
your child will live with peace of mind.

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March Peace Challenge: Marching towards Forgiveness

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“This month I challenge you to post about forgiveness. Publish a post that exemplifies the power of forgiveness.”  Kozo Hattori

Forgiveness

To forgive or not to forgive

Do I prefer to present a gift of forgiving thus, replenishing my resolve to move forward into being?

or

Do I prefer to dispense an unforgiving nature thus, depleting my energy of being?

I choose to reload my energy and not nourish

the effort, of keeping a wicks burning flame alive

when my eyes alone, keeps vigil of the flicker.

candle out

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February Peace Challenge: Mad Men

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“This month we are asking you to be Don Draper and construct an advertisement for peace.” –Kozo

“Each piece of the puzzle creates a unified whole…

puzzle

lets jigsaw peace into our interwoven masterpiece of existence!”

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January Peace Challenge: Acts of Kindness

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  Bloggers for Peace (B4Peace) 2013 started with this very first challenge.

“For this challenge write about a daily/weekly gesture or act of kindness that you perform to create peace in your home and/or community.” -Kozo

Each day when I wake, my eyes open and I am alive. I can motion my entire body the way my brain signals my limbs to move and when I wish to speak, the words flow from my tongue clearly and I am understood.

Once upon a time, I woke up and was alive— only, my limbs would not move the way my brain signaled and when I spoke, my words did not flow from my tongue clearly.

My family guided me back into a bearable existence.

Strangers in a hospital placed me securely on a path to recovery

fellow patients were constant reminders, home is where I wanted to be.

Each day when I wake, my eyes open and I am alive. I am a respecter of life and the act of kindness is bestowing onto my mind, brain, body and soul the will to survive each and every day, which quite frankly brings peace upon myself and all who come into contact with my being…here.

“The great thing about an attitude is that it’s yours and you can change it.” Joyce Meyer

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September Peace Challenge

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“For this month’s Peace Challenge, I challenge you to post a quotation that will bring peace to the world.”
-Kozo

Dear Kozo, I hope I can bring peace to myself and the world around me.

♥ ♥ ♥

If we embrace the power of our inner strength, peace can spread within darkness,  sprout during a drought and shine like a ferocious quasar from the farthest distance of impossibility.

Believe

Sincerely,

1girl4adamwest

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