- Focus more on the gift of presence than the gift of presents—we need far more connectedness in our lives and far less “stuff.”
- Create prayer and/or meditation time—just ten minutes can calm body and soul.
- Reduce noise—replace the blare of the TV with soft music . . . or just the welcome sounds of silence.
- Stay home—the malls and shopping centers distract us from our true centers.
- Rediscover the family meal—experience the gift of sitting together around the table with all technology silenced.
- Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward all.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
- Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being . . . We must be the change we wish to see.
- When, as individuals, we disarm ourselves internally—through countering our negative thoughts and emotions and cultivating positive qualities—we create the conditions for external disarmament. Indeed, genuine, lasting world peace will only be possible as a result of each of us making an effort internally.
–the Dalai Lama
- If there is to be peace in the world . . . there must be peace in the heart.
- The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
- If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
- Peace be with you.
At the heart of our seasonal celebrations—the food, the festivities, and the familial gatherings that serve as the connective rituals of the holidays—is the universal message of peace and goodwill to all. And it is truly universal, as the various expressions of the Golden Rule noted below attest. May this holiday season, however you celebrate it, provide numerous opportunities to both give and receive sincere messages of peace and goodwill.
The Golden Rule, as expressed in the sacred traditions of
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. –Jesus of Nazareth
- What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is the law; all the rest is commentary. -Rabbi Hillel, first century BCE
- None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. -Al-Nawawi, thirteenth century CE
- Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you. –Confucius, sixth century BCE
- A state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another? -Samyutta Nikaya (Buddhist Scripture), sixth century BCE
- This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. –Mahabharata (Hindu Epic Poem), fifth century BCE