Compassion and Peace
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein, 1921
7 Days of Rest and Reflection, invites a space for cultivating peace and deep compassion for ourselves, for each other, for all species, for Mother Earth and for all of Creation.
What would it mean to cultivate peace with and compassion for the foundations of life?
This question may seem strange as we are not used to relating to the elements, other intelligences, species and consciousnesses through the sentient, emotional prism. However, if we allow ourselves a leap of the imagination into what it may feel like to be Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Climate, Biodiversity and the Web of Life, from their perspective, and their relationship with Human Beings, what could we learn from this poetic reflection. And what may it look like if we were indeed to extend our field of compassion to these foundations of Life. How differently would we engage with them? In what ways would our personal and cultural stories and behaviors transform, and what would the outcome of that transformation be?
INSPIRATION FROM THE COMPASSION GAMES
We are grateful that the COMPASSION GAMES has joined 7 Days of Rest as a partner offering their co-creative platform as a rich resource and inspiration. The Compassion Games invites us to inspire and be inspired by sharing our experiences and actions that contribute to a thriving planet for all.
Share your experience of kindness, service and compassionate action during the 7 Days of Rest and Reflection,
and become part of making compassion a game for all to enjoy everywhere!
INSPIRATION FROM THE PEACE
We invite participants to sign the beautiful Peace Pledge below, as a declaration willingness to amplify peace and harmony in the world by practicing loving-kindness and compassion for all lives. The compassion games and the Peace Pledge Project created the inspiring video below.
INSPIRATION FROM LINDA TUCKER AND THE GLOBAL WHITE LION PROTECTION TRUST
"No-one understands the value of Days of Rest better than the White Lions, luminary animals who hold a Peace Plan for earth at this time. Only through deep reflection and introspection in these volatile times - and then a LionHearted commitment to right action - can we shift our destructive paradigm from that of exploitative self-service to generous, inclusive, heart-centred and service-based leadership that will ensure the continuity of our planet and its beloved creatures. A time of rest is the foundation of health, vitality, and Regeneration - which brings a LionHearted commitment to serve Mother Earth."
Linda Tucker and her foundations, the Global white Lion Protection Trust and the Linda Tucker Foundation, support the deeply-aligned ethos behind 7 Days of Rest, which is in keeping with the 6th Law of LionHearted Leadership™: Regeneration.