Important Update: “For PeaceSakes ! TroopsHomeFast!
And The Great American Slow Down Fnst” ..A New Way to Fast
for Peace and 100 Fasters for Peace…10am-Noon …and Please
bring Flowers this Saturday if you can!
This is Cindi Fisher….Many of you know, this summer I went
to Washington DC for one week to join the Code
Pink Women for Peace “Troops Home Fast” and later
visited Camp Casey 3 for one week! My Heart ached even more for
Peace as my awareness of those suffering and dying in this terrible
War of aggression grew! I fasted for 40 Days from July4- July 4-August
12 and now have committed to fast every Saturday until the Troops
Come Home! Most Saturdays, I Sing and Stand for Peace at the Vancouver
Farmers Market from 10ish til noon.
This Saturday September 23, I have ask for 100 Fasters for Peace…
to join me 10am-noon We haven't reached 100 yet but I am hopeful
and still signing folks up, but will also be grateful for each of
you who show up or join me from afar.!
There are two ways to Fast!
1) You may Fast from Solid Food with water
or juices for the day (or as you decide)…
2) or you may choose to Fast from FAST
TIME for the day!
Both ways can help deepen your reflection and experience of Inner
Peace.. .Many wise teachers say Inner Peace leads the way to a greater
expression of Outer Peace and thus Peace In the World! I will be
teaching a very simple technique to assist you in fasting from Fast
Time, It can be used throughout the day and is called
10 Minutes, 10 Slow Steps, 100 Deep Breaths for Peace. (I have written
a description also at the end of this email)
Some of you signed up at Vancouver's Farmers Market/Esther
Short Park several weeks ago and plan to fast with me at the Market.
We will meet at the corner of 8th and Esther. 10am-noon Some of
you have committed to fasting at work, others at home and some,
even on the golf course that day! Wherever you are, whether you
have signed up or not, Please Consider Joining Us. Our purpose for
fasting and gathering together is “to provide an opportunity
for a Personal Statement for Peace and Bringing Our Troops Home
Fast, for quiet reflection, for building a stronger Peace Community
and for Joy!
I am also offering the opportunity to ALL to please consider joining
me in an Early New Year's Resolution… Resolve to Fast
(from food or fast time) for the next 15 Saturdays (as of September
23,2006) until the New Year. Thus planting and nourishing the seeds
so that 2007 will bear the fruit of a more Peace Full Year! My Friend,
Joy Ellison, loved the idea and said I should call it “The
Great American Slow Down” and so it is!
I will Fast both ways as part of the Great American
I will have empty paper plates, for those who join us at the park,
symbolic of Fasting. If you are Fasting at home, please consider
writing on a paper plate in bold Patriotic Colors I Am Fasting for
the Troops Home Fast and tape it to on your house door or car window.
Those of us gathered at the park will have an opportunity to meet
each other, share, participate in a park peace walk, sign the voters
peace pledge, have fun with some peace games, and send a letter
to our local elected officials~ You are also invited to bring flowers
but it is certainly not necessary~ I will deliver them to our officials
with a copy of the words of the song…”Where have all the
Flowers Gone?” (for you young ones…the song is about the
flowers being used for the gravesite memorials of those killed in
May you Walk Slowly In Peace,…Cindi Fisher
Here is the technique … 10 minutes,
10 slow steps, 100 Deep Breaths for Peace.
This calming practice was a cornerstone in giving me the Vision,
Strength and Determination this past summer to fast 40 days with
the Code Pink Women's Troops Home Fast!
Attempt to stop every hour on the hour and for 1 minute focus on
your breath…inhale very deeply into your abdomen ; shoulders
released, mouth slightly open, fingers relaxed, body at ease and
very gently release the air as if you are a gentle caressing breeze
blowing peace to a weary world…Believe you are the One the
World has been waiting For (most of us are awake around 12 hours
or so… thus I left room to forget and forgive ourselves …
you could miss a couplefof times and still stop 10 times that will
be 10 Minutes---)
10 Slow Steps
Create space in your Saturday (or choose another day) for
10 minutes with Nature…doesn't have to be deep in the
forest, although that would be wonderful :) your back yard, a tree,
a patch of grass…or just outside in the fresh air..rain or
shine…or at least open your window wide and look at the sky…begin
standing still slowing down your breathing…breathing peace
…bring your attention to your body and begin walking…only
move ever so slowly, paying close attention to every muscle that
moves and how your body moves and shifts weight as each foot ebbs
and flows, up…swing, over and down…in the beginning you
will probably begin with more than 10 steps in 10 minutes…however
this practice became so calming and peacegiving to me that sometimes
it has taken me ½ hour to go 10 feet (about 10 Slow Steps)…and
in time after the focus on my body calmed my mind, I began to commune
with creation in miraculous ways.
100 Deep Breaths
If you have been able to do the first two steps by the end of the
day, this part is easy…Remember in part one, where I ask you
to try and stop every hour, well if you were able to stop 10 of
the 12 hours and breathed 10 deep breaths…there you have your
100 Deep Breaths for Peace…Thank You !
For PeaceSakes ! Troops Home Fast! The Great
American Slow Down!
In Service to Peace, Love and Light,
a world free of violence and abuse,
free of war and the threat of war;
a society with equity and justice for all people of all villages
a nurturing, empowering, and connected community life,
where every person's potential is supported
in unfolding from conception through elderhood;
and the earth is restored now,
and honored and cherished for generations to come!
Please join me in creating
Peace in Our Hearts,
Peace in Our Vancouver Village,
Peace in Our Time!