• 177th International Peace Meditation “The Events of 9/11″

    September 4, 2011 — The events of 9/11 crystallized for me, the belief that we must unite as peoples of the United States, and indeed of the world, against those who seek to destroy our freedoms. The beautiful diversity that we share was challenged, making us fearful, and causing us to begin to close our hearts to those whom we might have trusted.

    We have a choice. We can be afraid of anyone different from ourselves, look out only for ourselves, and live so that only the fittest survive. We can allow terrorism to win by shutting ourselves down.

    Or, we can decide in our hearts and minds that humanity is one family with many beautiful expressions of color, language, and customs. We can say that we will honor all those lost, and those who mourn, by declaring that we will unite toward a True Democracy–where all are equal, and all are free!

    The choice is one we each will make.

    Children need our leadership away from images of fear and messages of hate, to commitment to peace and unity. This is why we need to commemorate and celebrate September 11 annually as “International Unity Day” in our schools and communities. We need to build our educational curricula upon themes of diversity while ensuring equality in every area for children and adults. This is how we prepare our children to live in a world where they will work and live with many people who do not look like them, and who have different customs and beliefs.

    We can do nothing and allow terrorism to divide us. Or, we can take steps, small or large, to begin this healing journey.

     

    The choice is ours.
    The time is now.
    It may be our only chance.

    Let’s start before it is too late!

     

    “Commemoration”

    On 9/11/01

    3000 people died at the hands of terrorists
    The world stood still
    Shock waves shot around the globe
    People lost all sense of security

    Unimaginable pain was felt
    Mothers and Fathers, Brothers and Sisters
    Husbands and Wives, Infants and Elderly
    Gasped a never-ending gasp.

    Terrorism rallied and cheered
    Democracy waited, and knew.
    Both knew nothing would ever be the same.
    Nothing.

    We were all victims
    Victims of faceless death
    Raining equally on weak and strong
    Showering the earth with ashes of flesh and mortar.
    On 9/11/01

    Love was blocked out like the sun
    Darkness covered the earth
    The pallor of suff’ring and death
    Had levied a mighty blow.

    Somehow, we knew
    We knew we would rise again
    We knew that death could not stop
    Any who had ever known freedom.

    Freedom was challenged
    To rise again like the phoenix
    From the ashes of destruction
    To unparalleled levels of leadership.

    Each of us knew in our heart
    That the love of freedom was stronger
    Than even the challenge of death.
    We knew we’d never forget.
    On 9/11/01

    Our courage was strengthened
    Our commitment to peace was renewed
    We knew that if we divided, they’d conquer
    We knew we must each carry forward.

    For the sake of our children
    Our children’s children, and again theirs
    We would not succumb to hate and terror
    We’d build up-not tear down.
    On 9/11/11

    We realize that my brother’s brother is mine
    That my sister comes in many colors
    But we’re the same
    Beneath the skin.

    We realize that we must unify for freedom
    Out-number, out-rank, out-care
    Those who would tear down our buildings
    Our symbols, our children, our hearts.
    On 9/11/11

    We realize that united, we stand a chance
    Of overcoming the hate that would kill us,
    Of freeing the oppressed everywhere,
    Of demonstrating love as stronger than fear.

    We are united in service
    We’ll share love and support ’round the world
    We’re taking love of freedom to new levels
    We’ll demonstrate that love is stronger than hate.
    On 9/11/11

    We’ll be grateful
    That terror does not reside within us
    That we will overcome terror, and fear of terror
    Until only our unity prevails.
    On “International Unity Day”

    We commemorate all who’ve been lost to terror
    Commemorate the bravery of men and women and children
    Commemorate our friendships, lifetime allies,
    As we celebrate our unified commitment to peace.
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