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Greeting the Dawn of the New Day in the Japanese Gardens, Phoenix, for 108 Sun Salutations and meditation, September 21, 2009, Monday.
Some of the members of the Community Collaborative for Peace who planned and facilitate the events of 2 days focused around the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2009 http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/; gather in the early morning before the first light to embrace one another and THE NEW DAY at the Japanese Gardens.
Scott Schaefer and Ben Boomer began the day with Sacred Music and a Blessing of the Space.
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Ben gave a blessing to the seven directions as everyone moved to that focus and mediated on the return to one’s sacred center for the day of mindful movements in this tranquil environment.
Located at the: Margaret T Hance Park 1125 N. 3rd Ave, a top the I-10 Tunnel in downtown Phoenix. We all thank Diana Larowe, Executive Director of the Japanese Gardens and tea room, for being another member of the Community Collaborative for Peace and providing this space for this early morning event.
Sharon Stetter, yoga instructor and member of Arizona Yoga Association, a co-host organization, designed and facilitated the day’s event.
Esther Vandecar and Ken Koshio of Fushicho Daiko, "Phoenix Drummers" http://www.taikoaz.com/ provided the background vibrations that filled the area with feelings of Peace and Love for 2 hours.
These lower vibrations of sound have a means of emotionally connecting to our hearts, minds and souls lifting one’s spirits to the heavens.
The first light of the new day appeared shortly after the yoga and music began. The literature to embrace the universal need to “Greet the New Day in Ritual and Ceremony”around the world was provided through the short story by Arizona writer Byrd Baylor. The Way to Start a New Day, illustrated by Peter Parnell. This children’s literature is a means to embrace the concept that we are all more alike than unlike. Each culture has given honor to a means to acknowledge the early morning light.
The ending of the guided yoga practice by Sharon.
Some continued on their own for additional thoughtful meditation and movement. Others completed all 108 Sun Salutations which took over two hours.
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
Everyone walked away from the day’s event with a full and peaceful heart. Again the acknowledged “Act of Peace Building” is to still ones body, and mind in a purposefulness of focus that prevents one from any aggressive behavior.
We all thank Esther Vandecar & Ken Koshio for their incredible drumming and percussion vibrations that connected nature’s sounds and the heart beats of our bodies.
Additional Events occurred throughout the remainder of the day:
May Peace Prevail UPON the Earth For ALL!!!!
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