Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Afrikaans (South Africa) – VREDE * Albanian – PAKE * Arabic – SALAAM * Armenian – HASHDOOTYUN * Bengali – SHANTI * Bulgarian – MIR * Catalan – PAU * Chinese - HE PING * Czech – MIR * Cree – PATUKAYNUMIN * Danish – FRED * Dari Persian (Afghanistan) – SULH * Dutch – VREDE * English - PEACE * Inuit (Greenland) – ERKIGSINEK * Fijiian – BULA * Finnish – RAUHA * French – PAIX * German – FRIEDEN * Greek – IRINI * Hawaiian – ALOHA * Hebrew – SHALOM * Hindi – SHANTI * Hungarian – BÉKE * Icelandic – FRIÐUR * Indonesian – DAMAI * Irish – SÍOCHÁIN * Italian – PACE * Japanese – HEIWA * Kinyarwandu (Rwanda) – AMAHORO * Korean – PHYONGHWA * Lao – SANTIPHAP * Luganda (Uganda) – EMIREMBE * Malay – KEAMANAN * Maltese – PACI * Maori (New Zealand) – RONGO * Nepali – SHANTI * Norwegian – FRED * Persian (Iran) – SULH * Pilipino (Philippines) – KATAHIMIKAN * Pintupi (Australia) – YATANPA * Polish – POKÓJ * Rundi (Burundi) – AMAHORO * Russian – MIR * Sanskrit – SHANTI * Serbo-Croatian – MIR * Shona (Zimbabwe) – RUNYARARO * Spanish – PAZ * Swahili (Kenya, Tanzania) – AMANI * Swedish – FRED * Tamil (Sri Lanka, India, Singapore) – SAMADANAM * Thai – SANTIPHAP * Tibetan – SIDI * Turkish – BARIS * Urdu (Pakistan) – AMAN * Vietnamese - HÒA BÌNH * Welsh - HEDDWICH *Zulu (South Africa) - UKUTHULA
Saturday, February 24, 2007
You may find yourself in meditation, seeking meaning in the world. Turning within is the best place to start any search, because it is where all of our answers lie. When we go within, we find we have every possible tool at our disposal. We have a connection to the universal energy that runs the cosmos and every molecule in existence; intuition that guides us from that highest of sources; a heart that knows what truly moves us; and a mind that holds our every experience in its memory. When we use all of these together today, we know who we are and what path to follow.
Connecting our source reminds us that the universe has limitless unformed energy and that we can shape it to fit our desires. We assign meaning to our lives because we are largely responsible for its creation. Every choice we've made in our lives has led us to where we are right now. And we can make new choices in every moment to lead us to our goals and dreams. When we spend time connecting to what makes us who we are as well as to our limitless potential, we can move confidently forward in the world. Though we may meet obstacles and face challenges, we know that we are equipped with the tools that will allow us to work with whatever the universe sends our way. Today you can choose to work from your center to live your most meaningful life.
Friday, February 16, 2007
SaveDarfur.org has a post called "Educate Others" that's worth checking out...
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have responded to the suffering in Darfur by standing up and demanding that their governments take action to end the crisis. However, many individuals still have not heard about the genocide in Darfur. To build the political will necessary to end the genocide it is imperative that more people learn about the security and humanitarian crisis in Darfur and find out how they can help end the genocide. We have created materials to help you teach others about the ongoing genocide in Darfur. These resources include background information on the conflict in Darfur, a PowerPoint presentation, and recommendations for engaging your audience in advocacy activity on behalf of the people of Darfur.
I left my home in Philadelphia full of hope Tuesday morning. I carried this hope, and that of my fellow Darfurians, with me to Washington to hear President Bush’s State of the Union address. Congressman Steve Israel from New York invited me to this special occasion. Talking with him during the day, I learned that he also wanted President Bush to use his platform on Tuesday night to lay out a plan to end the genocide that has ravaged my homeland for four years.
President Bush did mention Darfur in his speech, saying that the US will "continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur.” As I sat in the Capitol gallery, I appreciated his words but at the same time, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disappointment. I did not see how those words could be more than the promises that Darfurians have heard from the international community over the last four years.
Darfurians have heard the outcry of the American people and the world community who have taken on the responsibility of speaking out for those that are unable to speak for themselves. What they are still waiting for, though, is a tangible solution for the world’s greatest ongoing humanitarian crisis. President Bush and the United States Congress declared the situation in Darfur a genocide over two years ago, and I am still hopeful that they will work together to offer a solution to the crisis before his tenure is complete.
The situation in Darfur is currently at a turning point. On the ground the violence has escalated in recent months and even spilled over the border into Chad and Central African Republic. What we as Darfurians are asking is that President Bush and the international community push for the implementation of an effective international peacekeeping force, already authorized by U.N. Security Council resolution 1706, to protect our friends and family who remain unprotected.
I remain confident that the international community will come to the aid of those still struggling to survive in Darfur, but I don’t know how much longer hope can sustain them.
What you can do
UUSC: Drumbeat for Darfur:
Acting to End Genocide Now
UNICEF - Crisis in Darfur
or you can do nothing.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
sometimes I think the world is on upside down, and it's hopeless, and then I read about people who DO things to make it right, and I am encouraged....
“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
from Withinsight: Close Guantanamo Bay