When you call your event 'Peace in the Park: Festival of the Spirit' and write that you want for people to "experience the remarkable energy that is created when we all focus on sending peace and good wishes to humanity," you might as well reserve a guest parking space for me because I am so there (with the family too)!
"Don't postpone joy." Three little words that pack a punch. That is how we were greeted today at the welcome booth by people dressed in white representing Brahma Kumaris, a nonprofit organization offering a wide range of free programs and courses to serve communites and create a better world for all. These are the kind folks that put together this event at no cost for attendees. There was live music, tent talks, meditation tents and a book store with journals, books and cd's. I was in heaven.
The weather was sunny and windy (sorry, northerners) and it felt good to be outside participating in such a fun event. My parents enjoyed the live performances, my husband got some cool shots for his Project 365 and I ventured out to experience each tent.
One of the highlights for me was getting my VirtueScope read. They told me it was like reading your horoscope but it's through your virtues. The reader had me pick three cards: a foundation card (your driving force), expression card (primary way others perceive you) and outcome card (the culmination of your efforts). My cards were caring (foundation), forgiveness (expression) and cool or level headed (outcome card). The reader told me that if I focused on being a caring and forgiving person, I would remain calm and cool in every situation. I thought it was an interesting concept and would love to have a full reading one day.
We ended our peaceful day with a serenade by Didgeridoo music. This fantastic wind instrument was invented by indigenious Australians 1,500 years ago after they noticed a tree eaten by termites to make wonderful sounds when the wind would run through it. This musician played the Didgeridoo really close to our bodies to allow us to feel the vibrations.
There is something to be said about gathering people with the goal of peace and tranquility. I would love to see more events like these added to cities across the world. Have you ever been to an event like Peace in the Park? Have you ever had your VirtueScope read? I want to hear from you. Leave your stories/comments/questions below.