“Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
In 1982, the United Nations General Assembly officially named September 21 as the International Day of Peace to “strength the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”
Here at Bala Yoga, we do our best to promote an atmosphere that inspires peace. We believe that peace should be honored and aimed for everyday, but International Day of Peace gives us the opportunity and reminder for people to gather around and work together to promote peace between communities.
If you are looking for ways to celebrate International Day of Peace, let’s chat on how we can do our part. Below are 5 ways to get involved in International Day of Peace.
- Do More Yoga
- You might be thinking, well that’s too obvious, but we just had to cover it. Regardless of how much time you have, we challenge you to connect breath with movement on September 21st. Simply step onto your mat and connect to the sense of peace within yourself.
- Organize Meditation Time at Work
- For those who will spend the International Day of Peace in at the office, group activities are an excellent way to bring your co-workers together for positive communication, encouragement and understanding. Connect with your coworkers and create a communal sense of peace. Make sure everyone at the office is invited!
- Time for Silence
- Wherever you find yourself on International Day of Peace, we encourage you to find one minute of silence. This time could be spent meditating on a more peaceful world, praying for those in need and honoring the lives of our neighbors. Let this one minute be a time to be mindful of your surroundings and to think of others.
- Give Back
- Get outside of your bubble, extend yourself to other communities and show that you stand for all humans. Seattle is full of wonderful organizations, from Yoga Behind Bars and Street Yoga, to non-yoga oriented groups such as Mary’s Place, Compass Housing Alliance, or World Relief Seattle. Find an opportunity that speaks to you, and volunteer your time.
- Find an Event Near You
- Check out Facebook or Eventbrite to see what International Day of Peace events are happening near you. Take part in the conversation and be an advocate for peace.