Thursday, May 10, 2012

Peace Pole

One of the things I look forward to with my garden is having a place where I can just be in nature and relax away from phones and stress and tv and all those things.  Just me and nature and be at peace.  While we were planning our garden one of the things I wanted in it was a peace pole.  "The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world."  (from the Peace Pole Project)  "The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace."

You can find Peace Poles all over the world, in city squares, in school yards, in churches, and in gardens.  We decided to put one in our garden.  You can have the words on the Peace Pole printed in whatever languages you want.  Our Peace Pole is written in English because we live in America and that is the main language of this county, in Polish because my husband is Polish, in Gaelic because I am Irish, and in Spanish because our son is from Guatemala.

 So if you need some time to sit and meditate or to find a bit of inner peace, come pull up a chair or a blanket next to the Buddha statute and look at the pole or the plants growing and breathe the fresh air of Spring.
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

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