I composed the Prayer of Peace because I believe we can only achieve peace in ourselves and in the world by awakening to the fact that we are all one–one part of the same life force that lies beneath the illusion of our differences. For this reason, I shared it at the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. For this reason I would also like to share it with you now, more than ten years later.
I’d like to invite you to acknowledge this truth and pray for true peace together on January 1, 2011. As you pray, imagine the kind of world you want to live in and the kind of person you need to be to create it. Wouldn’t the best New Year’s resolution be to take the steps necessary to become that person? The potential to do that lies within each of our brains. We just need to make the choice, and then center our thoughts, words, and actions around that choice.
Thank you in advance for taking this small step toward being, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “the change you want to see in the world.”