My daughter, Megan Feldman, is an award-winning journalist and the author of, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, which is coming out next year from Penguin.
Last month she gave a TEDx talk in Boulder, CO and it’s now posted on YouTube. It’s just 10 minutes long and you’ll be glad you watched it.
“Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.” http://ow.ly/E2GLM
This is how her book came about:
Azim Khamisa, international peace activist and director of three foundations that teach non-violence and conflict resolution, was the feature of an article Megan wrote for Spirit Magazine two years ago. The story of how Azim forgave his son’s killer and went on to reach millions of middle and high school students around the world with his message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation drew such huge response that New York publishers began asking her to write a book on this topic. And so, she birthed a book, and in January will give birth to a baby boy.
Following are excerpts from Azim’s November newsletter:
“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'”
~ Eve Merriam
“Santa is really the only cultural icon we have who’s male, does not carry a gun, and is all about peace, joy, giving, and caring for other people”
I do believe in the understanding that we are one human race. In spite of the color of our skin, our religious orientation, our socioeconomic status, our gender, or sexual orientation, or our nationality, we can get that we are ONE human race and ONE global family! If we don’t get that, we will never get to peace. And what is more important than getting to peace?
It would be the most cherished gift of any holiday season.
I am very saddened that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. On this Veterans Day first and foremost let us pray for the souls of these men and women, and let us pray for their families so they may have the strength to continue in the absence of their loved ones.
Veterans need much more help. They need to be acknowledged as the heroes of our society. There needs to be substantially more effort in helping and caring for them in a meaningful way.
I have often wondered how to bring my message of self-forgiveness to the veterans. This is important for them to learn and could potentially save the lives of many. However I have no connections into the military. If any of my readers have access to the military I would be happy to bring my work to the veterans. I do believe it has relevance to veterans who may be suffering as a result of the violence they experienced and perpetrated in the line of duty.
If you’d like to contact Azim, just go to www.azimkhamisa.com
Make a holiday season filled with Love!