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International Day of Peace experienced at Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix, Sept. 21, 0600-0800
Ken Koshio is from Japan and connected us to the rhythms of the day throughout the practice.
Ben Boomer began with a blessing to the seven directions as everyone moved to that focus and mediated on the return to oneís sacred center for the day of mindful movements in this tranquil environment.
Sharon Stetter facilitated the morning sponsored in part by the Arizona Yoga Association, the Cultural Arts Coalition and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
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 Garden and tea room, for making the space available.
Ben walked the area to give respect to the surrounding space as Sharon guided us through the beginning of the yoking of our bodies.
Kenís powerful cadence set the pace for our breathing and later our state of relaxation.
Sharon Stetter, yoga instructor and member of Arizona Yoga Association, a co-host organization, designed and facilitated the dayís event.
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 childrenís 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.
What a perfect garden to enjoy the sunrise and transform the way we greet the dawn of each new day. This is definitely an act of Peace Building and meets the thoughtful purpose of the United Nations Celebration of the International Day of Peace events around the globe...
Everyone walked away 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.
May Peace Prevail UPON the Earth for All!