Permanent Online Vigil for Peace
for our world
for Palestine, Israel, Ukraine, Yemen, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Tigray and everywhere people are suffering under violent conflict.
Vigil, pray, meditate, wish, hold an intention, shine the light, contemplate...
Join the skype meeting room to add your energy. You do not need an account. We invite you to use this virtual sacred space and consider volunteering to help hold the space. If you want to join the space when there is another person there then check the calendar (Further down this page). We hope to eventually have enough committed people to ensure a continuous holding of the space for peace..
If you want to be sure to join when someone else is in the meeting room, take a look at the calendar, below. It uses the following abbreviations:
SH - there will be at least one person silently holding space in the online meeting room at this time, for you to join with.
* - there will be something extra happening, e.g. a guided meditation, live meditation music or some other process. Click the event for details.
Ind - the event uses an independent meeting room (not the worldpeaceprayer zoom meeting room). Click on the event to see details and relevant link.
If the timezone at the bottom left of the calendar is incorrect then please check that you don't have a vpn disguising your location.
Christian 24-7 online prayer for peace in Ukraine
24-7 Prayer is running a continuous online prayer for peace for Ukraine. You can join their roster and they have suggested prayers that you can use. They also have lots of other prayer rooms and encourage people and groups to set up their own 24-7 prayer rooms
Ananda Marga continuous live online kiirtan for peace
The Ananada Marga community in Russia started a continuous live online kiirtan for peace on March 3 (I think) and have been going ever since, with the help of Margis around the world. Kiirtan is a form of devotional song originating in india. The Margis often sing the mantra "Baba Nam Kevalam". yogapedia.com gives the following definition: Baba means "beloved," nam means "name" and kevalam means "only." Therefore, the mantra may be translated as "only the name of the beloved." It can also take on a meaning that love is everywhere and is the essence of everything.
Plum Village online groups
Thich Nhat Hanh is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition and the father of socially engaged Buddhism. Although the online meditation groups listed at www.plumline.org have a broad focus, I include them here because of the inherent nonduality between peace within oneself and peace within our world.
Other peace prayer groups online
Prayer for Peace in the World Facebook Page - 2200 likes, primarily Christian
Worldwide Prayers for Peace / Kirtan Prayers Global Facebook Group - 7,800 members, kirtan singing an chanting
If you have a regular practice of meditation/prayer/contemplation, please consider combining some of this time with worldpeaceprayer. We need people like you to volunteer to hold the space in the online meeting room (which is usually a silent space) for 15 minutes or more at a time (weekly). Also, If you are part of a community group or faith community that may be willing to take on a regular block of time, Click here to volunteer. (If you would like to offer help in another way, we probably need that, too. In particular, promotion and general technical assistance).
How it started...
Last Thursday night (March 3), distraught at the unfolding horror in Ukraine and mired in my own sense of powerlessness, I hopped online hoping to find someone/somewhere/some virtual space that I could join in a vigil for peace in Ukraine. I found some online vigils that would happen in a day or two but nothing I could join in right now. Wouldn't it be wonderful, I thought, to have a permanent online sacred space where people of any faith or none could drop in, any time, from anywhere with an internet connection, to give their love, energy, intention, prayers - for peace - and to share that space with others holding a similar intention. I realised that, technically, a basic version of this could be started quite simply - with a webpage and a skype meeting that is permanently open. The first domain name I entered was, miraculously available: worldpeaceprayer.org.
The initial website and skype meeting are set up. Now we need lots of volunteers to join a roster to hold the space. All you need is 15 minutes a week and if you already have a regular meditation/prayer/contemplation routine then why not connect to worldpeaceprayer at the same time? (If you would like to offer help in another way, we probably need that, too. In particular, promotion and general technical assistance). You can be part of what will become a continuous chain of people around the globe, holding the space for peace.
Are you interested in helping? Got some ideas? know of anyone else doing something similar? We'd love to hear from you.
Peace to all,
There is no pathway to peace. Peace is the path ~ Thomas Merton
(Yes, it's quite ironic to have a FB logo (it links to our FB group) beside such a quote, knowing the harm that the company has facilitated in our world. Given that FB is so useful for promoting good projects, let's also pressure them to improve their practices and #stophateforprofit).