Real World Learning

Real World Learning


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

If you want to teach kids about peace, provide them with opportunities to explore real world learning. Take them to places where they can meet and interact with diverse people. You can start right in your own neighborhood. Let them discover the myriad of things they can explore and enjoy outside. With proper supervision, give them space to socialize not just with children their own age but also with people from all walks of life.

Traveling is likewise a great way, not just for children, to learn and understand more about the world. Without personal experience and context, it would be easy to misunderstand and believe the stereotypes about people from other cultures. And it is only when you travel to unfamiliar places and get to see things from up close that you get a better grasp of the value of diversity.

Schools are not the only places to get an education. Learning is a continuous process. And those who embrace lifelong learning will find that there is much to learn from the real world – outside the classroom. And if you take a moment to observe some of the most well-traveled people around you, you might be surprised to find that they are among the least prejudiced and more compassionate people you know.

Four Effective Ways to Increase your Peace of Mind

Four Effective Ways to Increase your Peace of Mind

How can one achieve a peace of mind? It’s easy and everyone can do it. However, it requires extra concentration and effort to keep your mind at peace.

Stress isn’t something you want to have when planning to achieve a peaceful mind. To let your mind, calm down and achieve peace, here are some effective ways to increase your peace of mind.

Give Yourself Some Time

Sit and take all the time you need. Dealing with stress, problems, and emotions could take some time.

Don’t let these limits you from achieving a peaceful mind. Don’t rush things and try to do things little by little. Don’t force yourself into doing something you cannot. Just keep calm and get yourself enough time to explore, heal your emotions, and find inner peace.

Accept and Let Go of Things You Can’t Control

Final Goodbye
Learn To Let Go and Move On.

Don’t overthink about anything that you are out of control. It’s normal! Don’t stress yourself from this. Just accept it and let go, there’s nothing to lose. Also, acceptance is one of the keys to achieving a peace of mind.

Don’t Mind How Other’s Think of You

Never let others ruin your peaceful mind. Just do what you love and don’t hesitate trying new things. Doing this will make you improve your confidence. Being confident will helps us find the peace we’ve been always waiting for.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Don’t stress out mistakes! Instead, use it to do better next time. Mistakes are great teachers! Learn from it and apply everything you can think of to make it right for the next time.

Did you learn something new? If yes, that’s great! I hope that these tips will help you achieve a peace of mind. It’s not easy at first, but don’t give up.

Keeping a peace of mind can change how you view life in different perspective. This includes appreciation and inspiration. Enjoy a clutter free desk to improve your thinking by buying a desk charging station organizer to keep your thoughts going.

How Axis of Friendship Began

Scholar and activist Rita Nakashima Brock, of Faith Voices for the Common Good, was a catalyst behind launching the Axis of Friendship in 2008. Here is an interview with Brock regarding how Axis of Friendship began.


Question: How did the Axis of Friendship begin?
Broc: “Last July, Rev. Pat DeJong [senior minister] at First Congregational Church in Berkeley, Calif. (FCCB) and I met to discuss what we could do about the demonization of Iran, and HR 362 making its way through the House, which included a naval blockade against Iran, an act of war under international law. It was clear the US military was in trouble in Iraq, so starting a war with a country 3 times its size whose legally elected government the US overthrew in 1953 was of great concern to us.

We decided to meet with others in the East Bay we had worked with previously in trying to stop the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. At that meeting, I suggested that another war protest would not be news and we needed to include some Iranian Americans to create a strategy they could support. We invited leaders of the Iranian Student Association at Cal Berkeley, an organizer for Iranian voters in the South Bay, and a friend of mine, Amir Soltani, with whom I’d shared a Harvard connection and with whom begun to work on poverty in Oakland.

The Iranian Americans said no one from their communities would show up for a political protest (because of danger to their families and themselves, and disillusionment with such protests), but they love festivals. We decided to hold a US-Iran friendship festival in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with food, music, art, and speakers, ending with taking children’s peace art to Nancy Pelosi’s office near the Plaza. We had the speakers first (nine leaders from various faiths and communities, plus a middle school group, which read peace poetry) and called a press conference”

Question: How did you settle on September 12 as the date?
Brock: “The first feasible date for the event last year, given all the political conventions that summer, was September 12, a Friday afternoon. Amir, who had worked as a journalist, pointed out that on that day in 2001, 10,000 people had stood with candles in the streets of Tehran in solidarity and sorrow with the tragedy of 9/11. So, our choice of date seemed ideal to point to the global friendship that emerged that day all over the world. After discussing what to call it, we settled on the Axis of Friendship. A Festival of Friendship seemed to vague and general and needed explaining. Whereas Axis of Friendship directly linked the festival to the aftermath of 9/11 and the invention of an “axis of evil” in January of 2002, which was used to launch “preemptive” wars of aggression.

We decided to hold a candle lighting vigil as the conclusion of our festival and invited other communities to do so. Both Chapman University’s church relations office and the community at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, Calif., decided to hold vigils, and our festival in San Francisco was very successful.”

Question: What else is important for people to know?

Brock: “I think there are many ways for Christians to promote peace. The work of overseas ministries is an underappreciated and underutilized avenue for positive work for peace. At the same time, we have an increasingly diverse society and amazing opportunities to strengthen the Axis of Friendship with people in our own regions. We need to be reaching out to Iraqis, Afghanis, and Iranians who are our neighbors, and befriending them.

I first came to appreciate Iran in college because of work I did in Biblical studies and the impact of Persia on Isaiah and on Christianity. Then over a decade ago I met an Iranian Muslim feminist in London, Roxanne Zand, who introduced me to feminist writings she translated and to modern Iranian artists she was supporting as an art curator. And, of course, I have learned a great deal from Amir and the Iranian Americans I have come to know in the East Bay.”

Promoting Peace With Iran

Negotiators from all over the world have been zeroing in on a deal that would prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. And all over the world, Global Zero members are speaking out in support of these negotiations. A deal with Iran is an important step toward achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Here’s how a nuclear deal with Iran will move the global community closer to a safer future.

The spread of nuclear weapons is a recipe for increased instability on a global scale. The addition of just one more nuclear-armed country, especially in the Middle East, could dramatically upset regional and global stability. If Iran builds a bomb, its neighbors will feel pressure to arm themselves. This could potentially spark a disastrous arms race.

More nukes also means more potential for accidents and increased likelihood that terrorists will get their hands on a bomb. They make the world a more dangerous place. A diplomatic solution with Iran will break the cycle of proliferation and promote greater regional stability for years to come.

A multilateral nuclear deal with Iran will mark a historical breakthrough and prove that diplomacy can stop the spread of nuclear weapons.


A deal with Iran would be a huge victory for diplomacy and proponents for Global Zero. With a diplomatic solution comes unparalleled verification — ensuring that the international community can confirm that Iran holds up its end of the bargain. It can set a new standard for international inspections and provide a model for dealing not just with “tough cases” like North Korea, but all nuclear-armed states or others seeking to build these weapons. It will also prove how much can be achieved when nations come together and act with urgency and resolve to improve global security.

A deal with Iran will make the world safer and pave the way to a world without nuclear weapons. And the deadline is drawing closer — a deal could be announced as early as June 3

Axis of Frienship

An Axis of Friendship with Iran Festival was held this past Sept. 12 in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza in memory of the lives lost on 9/11, and in unity with thousands in Iran who support peace and dialogue.

Thousands of people addressed the crowd on the importance of reclaiming the “axis of friendship” with Iran. The purpose of the festival is to prevent future wars and achieving global peace. Inluential people joined in on the even as speakers such as Iranian-American writer Amir Soltani, Dr. Jeff Ritterman, Nooshin Razani of Military Families Speak Out, and Michael Batchelder of Jewish Voice for Peace.

The San Francisco event ended with the lighting of candles by hundreds of supporters from across the globe.


Karl Rove’s appearance at the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s annual speakers forum drew a small but spirited group of peace activists to the capital city’s downtown convention center. There were more than 2,500 people who attended the event, which also featured speeches by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Deepak Chopra and others.

Although it was an event to promote peace, there were hundreds of protesters greeted attendees arriving for the morning program with signs such as “Jail Rove for Contempt” and “Arrest Rove for Contempt of Congress.” These were a reminder of the disregard by Pres. George W. Bush’s longtime political guru and former deputy chief of staff of a House Judiciary Committee subpoena, and of Rove’s refusal to testify at a July 10 hearing regarding the administration’s role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama.