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Peace Is... (Our Collective Poem from the 2017 BeThePeace Challenge)

"Peace is the extension of

Inner love expanding out

To all of life…"

~ A line from our collective poem

As an inspired impromptu part of our BeThePeace Challenge in 2017, I invited all 800 participants to co-author a poem about peace. I created a Google Doc with brief instructions (see below) and invited everyone to co-create it together in real time. It was a complete experiment; I had no idea what would happen or if anyone would even participate at all. To my delighted surprise, a gorgeous poem emerged! I invite you to take this in. Eight-hundred people from all over the world were invited to co-author a poem about peace. This is the unedited result.


A Collective Poem [The original instructions]

Instructions: Anyone from our Challenge is free to add a few lines or a stanza after the last line you see in the poem. Please do not edit or change what has been written so far. It doesn’t have to follow a structure. It doesn’t need to rhyme or even be composed of complete sentences. It doesn’t need to be in English; whatever language you speak is welcome. It just needs to come from your heart and please be kind. This is an experiment in collective co-creation. Let’s see what happens!

How would you finish this statement: Peace Is....


Peace Is...

A quiet rest inside my soul. Knowing I’m loved, connected, whole.

Awareness that we are all one.

Peace is reaching out to all

who truly listen to the call,

asking us to be aware

of what’s inside and take the dare

to first make peace with who you are

and then to join hands near and far.

Kindness. Respect. Tolerance

Stopping to think by taking a breath or two

Exploring a deep sincere wish that others do not suffer.

Peace is my home, the place I choose to be.

Peace is the Joy I decide to spread around me.

Peace is all over us.

Let’s just open our eyes to Love

The peace of Source is shining in me now.

Looking into my eyes in the mirror

And receiving the person there with Love and Compassion

Saying to those beautiful eyes:

“I Love You and Honour You”

Contentment with where you are now,

not needing anything else

Peace in me,

peace in you,

peace in everyone.

Peace inside,

Peace outside,

Peace everywhere

Peace is always here within

and if we sit for just a bit

then more and more

we’ll find Her door

then time will tell that all is well.

A touch of the wind,

A butterfly friend,

A stare into infinity,

All a reminder of what's within

Peace is the extension of

Inner love expanding out

To all of life…

Humanity, plants, animals, mountains, the ocean, the cosmos…

In this way we can become one with all that exists.

Peace is a compassionate choice,

a compelling calling,

a courageous act of love.

A soft, warm embrace,

A knowing that all is well.

It feels good and want to stay in it

And wish it upon all.

Peace is like a rainbow,

That includes all the colors of skins;

Peace is like a drop that falls into a lake

And sends its waves to distant shores;

Peace is like a tree,

That moves its life source

Through its roots, branches, leaves, blossoms and fruits,

All different parts of the One.

Peace is like the Sun,

That shines brightly for everyone,

Giving kindly, spreading Light!

Peace is like a chameleon's dance

Changing to fit each circumstance.

Peace can be found from within yourself

Search for your Soul

Be still and listen

You will find Peace sharing its music with you

Be still and listen

Spread your Soul’s music with the World

Only you can spread that music

Breathe it in, feel it, embrace it

Share it fearlessly

When we are ready we will awaken to a new world where peace reigns supreme. When we love enough we will see that there is plenty for all. When we practice peace this new world begins.

Peace begins with me

Peace begins with you

Peace begins within


May all know peace today and always! There is nothing more important than being and sharing this peace now.


To join our next BeThePeace Challenge, please sign up here. I can't wait to see what we create!


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