Monthly Peace Challenge: Acts of Kindness

bannerIn a few hours, we officially start the Bloggers for Peace 2013. At this point, we have 40 bloggers committed to publish at least one post a month on/for/about peace. That is 480 peace posts, more than a post a day, that will uplift the internet throughout the year. If you want to join Bloggers for Peace click on the badge to the right. From this tiny seed, how big a tree of peace can we grow? What about a multinational forest of peace?

To help inspire the Bloggers for Peace (B4Peace), we will have a Monthly Peace Challenge. To participate, tag your post with B4Peace or leave a link to it in the comments. Anyone who completes all twelve Monthly Peace Challenges will receive a Free B4Peace T-shirt.

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I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change”–Michael Jackson

Let’s start our journey towards peace on a personal level. For this challenge write about a daily/weekly gesture or act of kindness that you perform to create peace in your home and/or community. How does this practice affect you and your day? What are the reactions you get from this act of kindness? Try to give specific examples. For artists, poets, and photographers, share a piece which means KINDNESS to you.

“Even a very simple action may be an extraordinary expression of the compassionate heart.” Sharon Salzberg

Many of us already practice acts of kindness everyday. What NEW acts of kindness can we incorporate into our lives? For example, I was thinking about finding one blogger everyday who needs love. Maybe they have no followers. Maybe they just posted about being a victim of abuse. Maybe they lost someone/something dear to them. I will read and empathize with this blogger as best that I can. Then I will write a comment on their post letting them know that they are loved.

Imagine what would happen if everyone who read our blogs decided to practice one new act of kindness a day/week.

Don’t forget to tag your post B4Peace. Also, if you know how, link to at least one other B4Peace’s post. The easiest way to do this is go to explore topics and type in B4Peace in the upper right hand corner search window. You can also go to the B4Peace page in the top menu of Everydaygurus and find a clickable list of all the bloggers committed to this project. For a great article on pingbacks, click HERE.

Thank you for reading, sharing and/or smiling.

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73 comments on “Monthly Peace Challenge: Acts of Kindness

  1. [...] I would like to wish everyone a happy new year—tonight for us here in the Southern Hemisphere and tomorrow for others. Instead of “resolutions”, I’m going to make a list of things I want to achieve this year. That way, I will have goals rather than rules. One of those goals, of course, will be to write one post a month for the Bloggers for Peace cause. [...]

  2. Cathy G says:

    It’s amazing how acts of kindness grow! The teacher in my daughter’s special needs Faith Class has a book with index cards where we enter an Act of Love or Kindness every week that my daughter has performed. I’ll enjoy writing a post about it. It’s amazing and humbling when I look back at all the little books to read what’s occurred over the years. Thanks for a great suggestion!

  3. I am happy to commit to writing a blog a month for peace. I usually do more. Thank you for this important challenge. It all begins with each of us.

    • Kozo says:

      Thank you so much, IdealisticRebel. I know a lot of bloggers like yourself post regularly on peace. I’m just hoping that we can link together to inspire and learn from each other. Hopefully, we can create a wave of peace that will pick up new internet surfers from around the globe.

  4. Sunshine says:

    Yay! Oh, just want to tell you if you would be kind enough to add the Press this button to your share this box…it is nothing major but in order for me to remember things, I sometimes just press the page as a reminder draft of what I need to work on. haha…memory fails very often these days…thanks! :) <3

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks for the tip, Sunshine. I put the Press this button on, but I think you have to go to the actual page, not the homepage, to see it. I changed the homepage, so just click on “continue reading.” Can’t wait to read your post. {{{Hugs}}}

  5. I am smiling and feeling the love in your words. The response is going to be something incredible that you will be so proud of. Such an awesome undertaking Kozo and so fitting with the question you have about you to serve :-)

    • Kozo says:

      You are so kind, Anyes. Your idea of a question for the year helped clarify my purpose in life. Thank you so much. Notice I put an alternate challenge for photographers. :)

      • I am so glad to have helped you, such a great feeling.
        I saw it the photographers challenge and will do my best to raise to it :-)…so cool and very inspiring.
        I have finally figured out how to put the Bloggers for Peace badge here…I am all ready and very excited :-)

  6. heartflow2012 says:

    You may know this one, but here it is for all of us:
    “Be kind whenever possible.
    … It is always possible.” The Dalai Lama

  7. oliviaobryon says:

    I think it’s incredible you have 40 people already committed to blog for peace in 2013– I have a feeling that number will grow even more as posts begin to appear. Thank you for inspiring peace. :D

  8. Russell Bradley says:

    . Not until one finds the the peace of love that dwells in ones own Heart will one find it anywhere else, it’s not out there, Ask yourself who you are serving is it because you want to feel good, because it makes your ego feel better. In the very next breath you will judge someone for not doing as you do then you will see what the motive was. That love of peace needs no reward its actions are inspired not controlled, as soon as one does the limitation of that Ego appears. Give up something that your Ego holds in ownership, you will know what it is because the idea of giving it up will make you angry, start there if you really want to find peace within.

    • Kozo says:

      Great advice, Russell. That pesky ego keeps sneaking up. I am trying to act out of a true love of peace. Remind me if I get off track.

      • Russell Bradley says:

        Hi Kozo
        when the vehicle is obstructed the driver puts his foot down and his wheels spin, the more power he puts to the pedal the more smoke and spinning he produces. Its where the vehicle is steered that makes the difference. Put it in reverse and clear the kerb that has created the loss of traction. A bird can fly for miles on the right wind without flapping its wings once. When people drown they use up all there energy because they go in to fear, when all the time they could just float on the surface if they had faith in it. How much more is Consciousness than water.
        Surrender to the heart requires total honesty about motive that’s where one finds the Ego.
        It is possible with this that a dynamic connection is made between people of like minds coming together, there is no challenge involved nothing to win or lose just the void in which it may form itself with out motive. Peace, Stillness, Understanding and Compassion are not involved in stance, they to are like water.
        Russell

      • Kozo says:

        Thanks, Russell. Your analogies help so much. I’m beginning to see how all things are possible if we leave the ego behind. I’ve had the feeling of flying on the right wind, but it has been fleeting at best. I look forward to letting go with faith and just floating.

      • Russell Bradley says:

        It will come this year, but don’t exclude what you are doing now it arrives without expectation ,the tropical situation awakens you more fully when you are ready.

        http://peacelovewisdombliss.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/disappearing-world/

      • Kozo says:

        Russell,
        Amazing link to your post. It is just what I needed to hear. I have been struggling with resentment of people not seeing the “real me.” Maybe that is why I love The Who song, “Can you see the real me?”
        I need to love the world just at it is. This will lead to peace of mind and peace on earth. Thank you.

      • Russell Bradley says:

        One in Spirit Journey Well
        Russell

  9. [...] bloggers, Kozo over at Everyday Gurus, recently started a group called Bloggers for Peace. The first challenge, pick a daily or weekly act of kindness for January and blog about it. I knew instantly what I [...]

  10. [...] This post was inspired by : http://everydaygurus.com/2012/12/30/monthly-peace-challenge-acts-of-kindness/ [...]

  11. So many inspiring people you have gathered around you Kozo, thank you :-)

  12. Reblogged this on bodhisattvaintraining and commented:
    Kozo from everyday gurus is gathering together bloggers for peace – the first monthly challenge is out, would you like to join us?

  13. [...] read his recent post with this month’s prompt, our first, and maybe jump on the peace train yourself? I’ve been singing it all day while [...]

  14. So exciting! I can feel the blogger peace movement already well underway! I am already working on my post about peace (although as you know pretty much all of them speak of it).
    Hugs and cheers! Go Kozo Go!
    ~Gina

    • Kozo says:

      Woohoo, Gina.Go Peace Train Go. I am already teary-eyed from the posts I have read so far. I can’t wait to visit your blog. Thank you for putting your Peace Power behind this project.

  15. sofiasiberia says:

    If i could, i’d put 100 likes to this post of yours, Kozo! You have a power to inspire people, an earthly messenger of
    love!
    You also brought a great idea to our attention – to support bloggers who are
    just at the start and those who simply need a couple of supportive words not to give up!
    I personally never pass by blogs with no or just a few comments and i always try to say something warm and encouraging to those endeavorous folks :) I was one of them, you all were too, guys.
    I’ll alwas keep supporting you, Kozo and help spreading your message! I hope we all start being kinder, closer and more accepting of one another, folks!
    Happy New Year, all year through!
    ~SS~

    • Kozo says:

      Thank you,Sofia, for your kind words and support.
      I completely agree with you about supporting other bloggers. I once wrote a post called “Shout out to my 5 followers.” I remember when I was hoping to get more than two likes per post, much less a comment.
      I feel blessed to have so much support, input, and love for Bloggers for Peace. I really think that it will make a difference, even if that is just to let one person know that they are loved and valued. That they we don’t want them to live with violence. That their pain matters.
      Here’s to a peaceful 2013 with you and other loved ones across the globe. {{{Hugs}}}

  16. goldfish says:

    40 bloggers? Way to go, Kozo!

    • Kozo says:

      Actually, 48 now, Goldfish. I checked a post this morning that linked to your blog. It said something like “for a funny blogger, click here.” I bust up laughing when I found out who was at the end of the link.
      Thank you so much for the post below. Like I said on your post, you are honest and raw, like fresh sushi. And that means a lot coming from a Japanese American blogger. haha

  17. [...] the start of Kozo’s Operation Knock Off This War And Hate Business. That’s what I like to call it, but it’s really Bloggers For Peace. He gave us a [...]

  18. diannegray says:

    What a beautiful way to stat the New Year. Loads of hugs from me, Kozo :D

    • Kozo says:

      I love getting hugs from Down Under. It is almost like I have a hug in reserve for the next day since you guys are a day ahead. :)
      {{{Hugs}}} from yesterday to you, Dianne.

  19. To start the new Year out on a positive note ~
    http://barefootbaroness.org/2013/01/01/let-peace-begin-with-me/

    Thank you & May Peace Begin First In Our Own Homes. ~ BB

  20. 1EarthUnited says:

    Wonderful lyric by MJ! Kozo, it’s possible to create a new world now! To change the old, we build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Much love, one life!

  21. Kozo says:

    One life, 1Earth, Onelove, Maddie.

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  23. eof737 says:

    This should be a fun ride. I’m glad there are enthusiastic souls for PEACE out there. ;-) Thanks for the pingback.

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  29. [...] Kozo at Everyday Gurus has started Bloggers for Peace in an effort to do something actively to promote peace. Read all about this effort to blog at least once month about peace, how to link up, get the badge, etc. [...]

  30. [...] If you’re interested in promoting peace through blogging and want to become a Blogger for Peace, commit to write one blog post on peace once a month and click on the badge below to let Kozo at Everyday Gurus know you want to join.  You can post a photo, video, essay, or anything you want that has to do with peace.  Kozo is also providing a monthly post where he gives a peace challenge which can give inspiration for your monthly peace post.  January’s peace challenge is “Acts of Kindness“. [...]

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  32. [...] If you’re interested in promoting peace through blogging and want to become a Blogger for Peace, commit to write one blog post on peace once a month and click on the badge below to let Kozo at Everyday Gurus know you want to join. You can post a photo, video, essay, or anything you want that has to do with peace. Kozo is also providing a monthly post where he gives a peace challenge which can give inspiration for your monthly peace post. January’s peace challenge is “Acts of Kindness“. [...]

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  35. Kozo,
    I’m not sure if this falls into the Acts of Kindness category since I never actually mentions Acts of Kindness, per se. However, I believe the statements I make, the questions I asked, and the challenge to my readers qualifies.

    Blessings,
    Kina

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  38. [...] boy for the peace movement. To be fair, this is also because I realise I have failed to respond to Kozo’s challenge to write about Acts of Kindness this month (I am interpreting a bit liberally here), so if nothing [...]

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  41. Hi Kozo!!! It’s never too late to join a peace movement!!!! Personal truth is wonderful!! http://myloveofthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/january-peace-challenge-acts-of-kindness/

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