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Meditation for Peace

November 13, 2011

It’s difficult to convey the power of the meditation for peace. I really haven’t any idea how many people took part – but a lot! A huge circle was formed in the courtyard and up the steps.  As the clock chimed 11 all fell silent.  Then from within the cathedral the last post was sounded.  The silence in the cathedral lasted 2 minutes though we had decided on a 20 minute silence, especially to incorporate the eleven minutes past.  The silence was broken, gently, by a drummer. A large number of people then set off on a walking meditation for peace from the cathedral down to the Houses of Parliament.

Since then it’s been very busy, especially today (the Lord Mayor’s Show) and our “Alternative ” show in the afternoon. Literally thousands of people – supportive, curious and, occasionally hostile in an incoherent sort of way. My highlight (like the one act I go to see on the Pyramid at the festival) was David Harvey – for those of you who don’t know he is an extraordinary interpreter of Marx’s work, or, put another way, helps someone like me (who finds reading Marx very difficult) accessible. However, this evening, in front of a vast crowd, he offered support and encouragement to the Occupy movement and suggested some strategies for the long haul ! There was then a question and answer session, also very helpful, and best of all I actually got to talk to him afterwards – we discussed the insanity of the continual demand for ‘growth’, which of course means requiring us ‘the consumers’ to be consumed by illusion and debt. I’ve spoken with the tech team and it all went up on the live stream and will shortly, hopefully, go up on YouTube.

I’m not sure if you’re aware but lots of things are on the Live Stream.  To access it go to: and click on the Live Stream link on the right of the page. It’s not ‘Big Brother’ so it’s not 24/7 but it’s worth checking out.


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  1. “We shall rise up from the flames” as a song from Greenham claims.I’m using the technology of the 21st century, reading the Observer online whilst Spotify provides a Requiem Mass from 1605 through my top of the range computer speakers. Except I’m not.reading the Observer – I’m commenting here, having been drawn to check in for the latest update. Kyrie Eleison.

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