Today is ANZAC Day in Australia. It is a national holiday dedicated to the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The origins of the day goes back to The First World War and a great loss of soldiers from these two countries that happened on the beach of Gallipoli in Turkey. Over time it has come to include all soldiers from all wars fought by these two nations.
I do not in any way condone war in any shape of form but do believe we need to honour those who have died and give them the thanks they deserve. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I also think it is a great day to think about world peace and how we as individuals can change the world with our thoughts and actions. I really believe that thoughts have incredible power and that we as individuals can make a difference. Look at the Vietnam War and how the people were able to bring about change. Look at Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and all the other great people who have stood up for what they believed in and helped those in need. All these people were once just everyday people like you and me who had a strong desire to do what was right. The ancient yogis spoke about ahimsa the act of non-violene, satya truthfulness, asteya non-stealing, aparigraha non greed and santosa contentment. These are all great virtues that are not only found in the ancient Indian Vedas but in many religions and spiritual groups or as individual beliefs. There is great wisdom and peace in the the world.
So I look at today with great Hope, hope with a capital H. Hope for a better future for the planet and all the people and creatures who call it home. So light a candle, say a prayer, meditate, smile at a stranger, do whatever feels right for you to bring more love and peace into your life and those around you. We are loving and compassionate people.
Love and peace to you all on this very special day.