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October – Shelter-A-Dog-Month!

October 4, 2011

The quest for Peace does not exclude the Animal Kingdom, rather kindness and hospitality to animals, is a great quality in Peaceful children of all ages and men and women with a balanced personality. All creeds emphasize it. many countries have  statutes passed, special enclosures and protected spots set apart for the preservation of animals. Over 50 million dogs live in the United States, however many of them have no homes.

Animal shelters are found all over the United States to protect these dogs. Let’s pause for a moment and think about dogs this month as America has set apart the Month of October to promote the adoption of puppies and dogs – supposed to be “Man’s Best Friend.” Read the  PRAYER OF THE DOG Posted in POEMS …PRAYER OF THE DOG (more…)

A Summer Story

August 17, 2011

A Summer Story.

The Positive Self Image

June 23, 2011

A Child’s Image Pics.and Write Up            The stepping stone to peace building  THE POSITIVE SELF IMAGE   The importance attached to a child’s self image in his/her personality development has been asserted over and over again in studies on child education, child psychology and in sciences that study the child in the many branches by child analysts, play therapists, teachers of art, music, nutrition and more.

The starting point of the child’s development of a positive self image is at the point of birth. From that point on he needs company, love, affection and amusement, not only food for his body but food for the mind, to keep him away from frustration, boredom and being mentally depressed. he needs company, a living person to watch and listen to, not put away in a pram or cot with a dangling toy to amuse him. A mother’s or a nurse’s love and care at this stage of the child’s personality development to grow emotionally and intellectually cannot be underestimated.

  The ‘tantrums,’ and ‘naughty,’ behavior in a child’s later years has often been traced to this loneliness, and frustration a child suffered during his early years. It has been argued that customs could determine the character of adults and that many characteristics good and bad thought to be unalterable ‘human nature,’ were merely the results of ‘environment’ and ‘upbringing.’ So we cannot blame ‘human nature,’ or ‘original sin,’ for our shortcomings. if we take care to give the right conditions and environment we can bring up children without serious faults of character. it seems that faults and virtues are rather the result of nurture rather than nature. Given the right conditions one can turn a devil into an angel and reversely a devil into an angel.

 In this respect encouraging a child’s ‘self esteem,’ with a view to fostering a ‘positive self image,’ cannot be under estimated. very often we pose the question to children, “What do you like to be (……..) when you grow up”? ” What do you hope to be in the fuutre?” and you will note the marvelous response from the child. The child could site the name of a popular sports hero, a movie star, a ballerina, a musician, a community helper or often like to imitate the role of his/her parents or relative in the future.

  As Dr. maria Montessori put it within each child is a great potential waiting to be released. In this respect she considered the work of the child to be that of creating the adult she will one day become. 

   The following verse MY IMAGE may be read out by an older child and discussed among a group of children of mixed ages during a ‘Show and Tell,’ time in a classroom schedule, with toys or replicas of what they wish to become when they grow older.  (more…)

Books

June 22, 2011

Books.

PEACE TALES FROM ASIA – Building A Culture of Peace

                    By Chandrani Warnasuriya

Help build a Peaceful World around! HOW ? Let’s begin with the child.

Read stories to the child, on Peace thoughts, Unity, Co-operation, Kindness, Generosity, Helpfulness and more, from the above book and see the changes around!

Visit Blog for purchase only $12/-

Books

June 22, 2011

Books.

PEACE TALES FROM ASIA – Building A Culture of Peace

                    By Chandrani Warnasuriya

Help build a Peaceful World around! HOW ? Let’s begin with the child.

Read stories to the child, on Peace thoughts, Unity, Co-operation, Kindness, Generosity, Helpfulness and more, from the above book and see the changes around!

Visit Blog for purchase only $12/-

What can ‘Peace’ do for you? What can you do for ‘Peace’?

May 10, 2011

                                                   Recently world news went through a ‘rock n roll,’ of breaking news from one theme to another, from one spot in the world to another that drew crowds to different kinds of jubilation. Were you part of it? Were you concerned with a tiff you had with your best friend at school, or a friend you were developing a new kind of friendship? Did you have a fight with your brother or sister at breakfast or dinner time? Got angry with somebody and was in a mood for war or any other kind of feeling bogging you down?

   Then suddenly you wished things were better. That you didn’t have to go through it after all? Did somebody help you understand or you realized things could have been worked out better without all that fuss? You begin to agree, and you feel different about the issue you were saddled with, and then you calm down and a kind of peace and relief returns to you. You begin to feel and experience peace, and peace in turn will befriend you.. You would be at ease. Frustration, worry, anxiety, fury all gone and you are at peace of mind and heart, beginning to experience the joy, the comfort and the consolations of peace. The experience like as if you are in a new luxury house, all to your self and you wish you can go out, invite and share it with others. The luxury of being at peace within and sharing it with others.

“Peace has its own victories no less renowned than war,” wrote John Milton the great English poet to Oliver Cromwell, a great political and military leader of England at a time when England was torn with Civil War and strife.

Peace in our own times through song and music. In our own day victory of peace over war seems to be gaining ground slow and steady with the end of terrorist regimes in many parts of the world. The Vietnam war and its aftermath saw many song writers and composers of lyrics such as the ‘Beatles,’ filling Albums with ‘Peace Songs.’ anti-war and non-violence songs. ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ sang John Lennon and his group. ‘Peace,’ resonated as Cat Stevens sang. :I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world to come; and I believe it could be, some day its going to come. Cause out in the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train; Oh Peace Train take this country; Come take me home again.”

  Limelighters got many in their Album Until we get it Right. “Come the Day,” performed by the Seekers, Songs of Pete Seeger, Olivia Newton-John in her Album Gala, “A Thousand years of Peace,” by Alchemy VII available in the Albums The Magick and White Raven. Inspiratinal songs of Gina Citoli in Mama Earth and many others are heart warming songs singing and spreading the message of peace, vocally and rhythmically in song and music. Many of these are available noe On-line, and downloadable on MP3s, Cell Phones,I-Phones and others.

   Peace Building through Organizations, Institutions and Activist Movements.  Since World War II numerous organizations and movements have sprung up round the globe dedicated towards promoting peace. Peace building through non-violence, Conflict-resolution, peace education programs, Course studies in Colleges, Universities and academic Institutions are getting popular. Spreading literature on ways to foster harmonious and peaceful relationships among different religious and ethnic groups and communites and promoting active participation in programs at community, neighborhood, local and global levels have gone a long way to spread the message round the world.

   Instituting the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1901 gave the world exemplary individuals who by their untiring efforts, dedication and indomitable courage, have established landmarks for peace; shown others the way to make this world a better place to live in by their extraorrdinary and admirable tasks often undertaken.

What can you do to spread Peace?  ‘Peace,’ like ‘Love,’ is something you never out grow.Once you have a taste of peace, you will learn to cherish it all the more, talk about it and share it with others.. Are you a volunteer engaged in activities with children? A Care giver, Community leader, peace maker involved in Community programs to foster better relationships? Here are some thoughts to reflect upon and work on to build up and manipulate your own way of reaching out to peace building at the grass roots level of children.

  let’s break down the word Peace into its component letters. You have ‘P’ as in ‘people,’ ‘E’ as in ‘enjoy,’ “A” as in the article “a’ “C’ as in ‘choice,’ and “E,” as in ‘end.’ People enjoy a choice end.  This indeed would amount to a choice piece of cake that the child in us all would enjoy in the end. It is like a story with a happy ending. What are the ingredients essential for making the “Peace Cake.”? These include ingredients such as, Unity, Co-operation, responsibility, generosity, Kindness, Flexiblity, Sobriety and more.

   Stories appeal to the mind and imagination of young children. At a very young age their minds are like sponges that absorb these ingredients, necessary for the process of peace building in a fruitful and profitable manner.

  My book Titled, Peace Tales from Asia  – Building a Culture of Peace,  is a collection of stories retold, selected  to emphasize and illustrate the meaning and application of the above ingredients. Written in a lucid and engaging style children will have fun and enjoy reading and listening to them. Notes at the end of the book contain valuable suggestions for classroom and group activities.

 watch out for peace building exercises, activities, puzzles, stories, poems and inspirationals and others i will be publishing in this blog to be used together with the book. Available from the publishers at http://sbpra.com/Chandraniwarnasuriya  or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com

Religions and Peace Building in A Multicultural Classroom

April 10, 2011

            Highlighted in recent news was an event of singular importance,(UCAN April 7) Around 250 representatives of 12 religions round the world,’summoned the world to peace.’

Quite curiously this took place in Assisi where twenty five miles north of it in the 13th century there stalked a hungry wolf in the Umbrian town of Gubbio trying to eat up the people. The people were forced to remain inside the city walls till a Friar visited the town. The people begged of him to remain with them, but the friar managed to steal out of the town and into the woods where he was confronted with the man-eating wolf. The friar raised his hands in a prayerful gesture and bid the quadruped to submit, which it did, laying his paw in the friar’s palm. The two then managed to come to an agreement. The friar promised to feed brother wolf for the rest of his life by commanding the people to feed him with food daily till he died. There still remains a monument to the quadruped in the town of Gubbio, recalling the incident. After his death the wolf was buried in a chapel dedicated to St. Francis.

    This strikes home a valuable point to reflect upon. The fact that among warring states, factions, groups, rebels and individuals, religious leaders  could come together   pray and work out new vistas for peace, where in the past, people barricaded themselves behind borders of differing belief systems, now they are striving together towards achieving world peace, is a welcome gesture, an indication that religions are assuming a center stage in the strategies for achieving world peace. Why can we not begin the process at the bottom line of the multicultural classroom? The classroom where children of different cultures and religions work and study together? Instead of building walls of prejudices, conflict and antagonism, calling others ‘wolves,’ on the path of attack, it is well for children to talk with each other and express themselves of what is ‘dear’ ‘sacred,’ or ‘hallowed,’ in these cultures. Exposing children to elements held with respect and reverence  such as religious symbols of different faiths is a spring board to action to establish cordial relations among children, a stepping stone to peace building in the new generation.

  ” Different religions, how do we get to know each other in a multicultural classroom?” I have discussed this proposition in seven chapters, in my next book written in a narrative style with dialogue and illustrations, “What Is Hallowed about It” –  A Child’s Approach to Popular Symbols in World Cultures.” (Nonfiction)  Manuscript Complete.