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Thursday, August 17, 2006

walking in peace

i find it quite coincidental that yesterday, shortly after i posted my piece on the dalai lama, a man of peace , i received this note in my e-mailbox from christine at liberation yoga:

Peace Walk This Saturday August 19th!

This Saturday Take Your Inner Peace To The Street!

On October 8th 2005, the renowned Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, led over 3000 people in a mindful Peace Walk around MacArthur Park, Los Angeles. It was a beautiful demonstration of embodied peace. Thay, or "teacher", as his students refer to him, called upon us to "walk in such a way that each step we make becomes a realization of peace; each step becomes a prayer for peace and harmony walk together in silence with no banners and no pickets not a petition addressed to anyone, nor a demonstration against anyone walk to unite our hearts, to nurture our togetherness and to dissipate fear and separation learn together that wrong perceptions of self and others are at the foundation of separation, fear, hate and violence, and that togetherness and collaboration is possible."

The October 8th walk initiated Peace Is Every Step. PES is a Sangha (community of peace) which has taken up the task of sponsoring Peacewalks on a regular basis. We held our first walks on December 18th in Long Beach and January 22nd in Santa Monica. You can read about those walks here: Long Beach Peacewalk and Santa Monica Peacewalk. You are invited to help us nourish and cultivate the seed planted by the prior Peacewalks by stepping in peace with us again on Saturday August 19th at Liberation Yoga from 4pm to 6-7ish pm.

Here's what you can expect:

The event will begin with a meditation to set us in a place of mindfulness and then we will walk for approximately 40 minutes. We will return for meditation, and an exercise in mindful eating followed by discussion.

We encourage everyone to join together in the community that is LIBERATION YOGA and share the peace we are so passionately seeking and experiencing with one another, with the city and the world.

THIS IS FREE AND OPEN TO ANYONE! Wear a hat if you are sensitive to the sun and wear comfortable shoes. The walk will not be far in distance but will be at slow and mindful pace.


more information on this weekend's walk in hollywood -- including maps, parking, notes on mindful walking -- can be found at peaceiseverystepla.org/peaceiseverystep/hollywood.html

peace is every step is sponsored and supported by la yoga magazine as well as many los angeles-based yoga studios, including:

angel city yoga, studio city
black dog yoga, sherman oaks
bryan kest's power yoga, santa monica
city yoga, west hollywood
free spirit yoga, long beach
liberation yoga, west hollywood
pacific ashtanga, dana point
pranayoga, glendale, studio city, and woodland hills
progressive power yoga, brentwood and studio city
yoga at the village, glendale
yoga blend, burbank
yoga center, redondo beach
yoga circle, downtown la
yoga garden studios, santa monica
yoga loft, woodland hills
yoga yoga, newhall

"We shall walk in such a way that each step we make becomes a realization of peace; each step becomes a prayer for peace & harmony. [Our] walk will not be a petition addressed to anyone, nor will it be a demonstration against anyone. [Our] walk is to unite our hearts, to nurture our togetherness and to dissipate fear and separation.
We shall learn together that wrong perceptions of self and others are at the foundation of separation, fear, hate, and violence, and that togetherness and collaboration is possible." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

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