Tanya Russell, Founder and Principal
The purpose of art is to offer a perspective that is not within our everyday way of understanding, our normal way of seeing, or our habitual state of being. It is to offer something fresh.
This is what Justthisday is offering; a way of allowing people something new through stillness.
Stillness allows access to something exciting, deep and universal; it can lead everyone to their desired state of being.In the same way the viewer must rest in order to appreciate art, anyone falling still is able to appreciate the world around them and their own self.”
Bishop of Chelmsford
It has been said that most of the world’s problems are caused by the human inability to sit still. I am therefore delighted to support an initiative which simply invites the whole world to sit still for a few minutes.
With all the negativity in today’s world and the constant barrage of bad news, we need to find the energy to change the world for the better again. I believe there is no other way to do this than to join together in stillness, where we can experience our own inner peace and affirm our common humanity.
Making time to go deep within and create a strong foundation of inner dignity enables us to create our own foundation of peace and power and recognise our inner treasures. We are then ready not only to value ourselves but to extend that value and respect to all others.
The power of spirituality and the dignity of my own spiritual being enable me to transcend situations of discrimination, conflict and distress. The power of the spirit is really the greatest power that humanity has and now is the moment for discovering this.
Many today lead busy lives that seem not to allow time for stillness. The Brahma Kumaris’ initiative just-a-minute invites people to introduce regular one-minute periods of silence into their busy lives. A minute is all it takes to experience my own inner peace.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is very pleased to support Just This Day again in 2009.
It is delightful that this is a worldwide initiative. We would like to offer the School building in Buenos Aires as a venue for the event and at the same time hope that ‘Just This Day’ reminds the world that there is only one venue where we can all meet. We look forward to joining you all in that quiet space on the 23rd November.
Silent, still awareness is our common denominator. To be willing to allow the mind to rest in the peace of silence is the same willingness to meet all, everything and everybody as oneself.
“Just This Day” is the invitation to be yourself as silence. To be yourself as all.
Roland, John and Ruth White will join with you in meditation and are inviting their yoga school to participate in Just One Day. The students will participate as we join together in love and harmony with all people everywhere.”
Donald Lambie, leader
Just this day is a reminder that worldly life is like playing on the front of stage whilst meditation involves going backstage. This gives peace and fresh energy to meet the world harmoniously and well.
We live in a world of movement and change, but, within that everchanging complexity is a still centre which is in us all. It is the inner self of everyone, and to find it, is to bring peace and harmony to others as well as oneself. “Just This Day” offers an opportunity to share this possibility.
Stillness is the unchanging point from which everything begins and to which everything returns. “Just This Day” is an opportunity for all of us to join others and come together in this stillness; to connect with each other and remember that we are united, able to see beyond the changing forms to the underlying spirit which is in every one of us.
Father Laurence Freeman
If we could all touch into the still point of consciousness around which all human action and thought revolve, what would we find? Unity in diversity, hope amid our problems, healing for our conflicts. ‘Just This Day’ creates a special moment in the human family to allow this new way of seeing that is developing globally to expand and enrich our spirit.
Dancers learn so many ways to move in order to increase their vocabulary of actions. The length of dance phrases, the placing, timing, repetition and density of movements are all necessary to develop a form that allows dance to become more readable.
Pauses and stillness are part of this but there are many distinct qualities to stillness rather than representing an emptiness or movement.
Stillness to gain breath
Stillness with power
Preparing for movement
Stillness that draws or drains energy
Stillness to think and choose
Stillness to shift time
Stillness to be seen
Stillness to observe
On November 23rd, Siobhan Davies will remember the collective stillness that Just This Day offers everyone.
European Director, Jahangir Sarosh
May I congratulate you all for bringing “Justthisday” into our lives, for not only will it offer the quiet space so badly needed by each one of us, it will unite us all in the one thing no religion or nation has claimed as its own; silence. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for fulfilling this basic need we all have – for the space and the opportunity to be silent.
David Lynch Foundation
It is wonderful that more and more people are comfortable with the idea of meditation and that they are reaching out to create events like the one on november 23rd. David has never missed a day of meditation since he began more than 35 years ago so he will certainly be meditating with you on that day.
David thanks everyone at just this day for all that you do to make the world a better place for us all.
David Boddy, chairman
The ability to be deeply still is critical in leadership, so that new and transformational futures can be created that break entrenched positions and conflicts. Through stillness, the abilities of an individual are amplified and they have the space to be all that they can be. That is why Lucca Leadership endorses Just This Day. We hope that through this the ideal of unity can be furthered – that all human beings, of whatever nationality, culture or religion are part of a single human family, and that together humanity can shape a prosperous and peaceful future for all its citizens.
Silence is all there is and its wonderful to have the focus and attention on the ever present silence – the source of your being. Nothing else is important, silence is all we desire for. When silence is our direct experience every desire disolved. Its very presious to experience the field where many people are aware of silence. Its a gift to me to be in all your presence…
We at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre will be very happy to participate in this event. Becoming still is a fundamental precursor to developing a deep sense of equanimity, love and compassion towards all our fellow beings.
Silence has the power to unite us beyond all differences and divisions and bring Peace and Healing. Just This Day is a world wide initiative aiming to bring people of all religions and none together in stillness across the globe. As part of this happening the tent will be open from 11am until 3pm for anybody who wishes to take part. Come and help create a global wave of stillness.
Be still and know that you are God. Calm the mind. Enter into silence. Know that silence. Become silence itself.
Just this day, and every day,
The world arises in stillness.
A stillness that is prior to all suffering.
Here, in this place of great silence,
Is the Real communication of the Heart.
We wish to participate by having our centres open to ANYONE who wishes to meditate, be in silence for that day. It is timely considering the present state of the world, both personal and collective.
Mr Anthony Renshaw
Your initiative is delightful and unifying and quite, quite simple. Therein lies its inspiration and its beauty.
Deep inside a huge potential beckons, waiting to open you to the infinite wisdom, freedom and love within. This presence lies in the heart of stillness. It is calling you home right now, longing to set you free. So stop, be still – for Just One Day.
Just this Day is an inspiring vision, everybody who cares for the upliftment of soul and renewal of society should observe the day.
Dear Fellow Human-being, Thank you for this initiative. Wherever meditation and stillness arises the heaviness of the world is lifted. May the world meditate on this day and may it restore peace and bliss to all. We shall be delighted to join the rest of the world on the 23rd of November.
With love and respect in our hearts, a thought we learn to strengthen and stabalize, the impossible will become possible. With these faithful and hopeful thoughts we wish to contribute to this great initiative of jtd and hope it turns into ‘Every day’.
We hope to follow a similar timetable to that at st martins. We feel previleged to be able to participate in this worldwide initiative and have full confidence that it will indeed make a difference.
Ellen Price, Assistant director, Office of communications
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Baha’i National Centre about the
“Just this Day” initiative. This is a wonderful and worthwhile project, which we will gladly share with baha’is and their friends.
We wish you much success with your efforts to unite the world through prayer and meditation.
Lama Zangmo, Resident Lama
The Buddha’s teachings say:
To give up negative acts,
To practice positive acts,
To tame one’s mind,
This is the teaching of all the Buddhas.
A day of meditation, stillness
and peace is a good step in that direction.
We wholeheartedly support this event and we promote peace and stillness within everyday, so people can enjoy a brighter, healthier, happier life.
Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Chair
In seeking the Oneness that binds all creation, being still and quiet together can be an amazing and life affirming experience. We forget the different words we use in all our liturgies; we forget the various Names we use to address the Unity and instead are truly together, seeking that One Beyond all of our individual and limited understandings of that Name and we then can rise from that stillness able to understand better and better those things that unite us as creatures of this world so that we can seek peace and harmony within it.
As Bilyay, we fully support this day when powerful energies of peace, happiness and stillness will illuminate the whole universe through our planet. Moments of meditation will enable our spiritual messages to connect to the rest of the universe starting stemming from our hearts. May all the unifying powers of love be upon us all.
In a world where we are constantly making ‘sounds’ highlighting our differences, the possibility of becoming completely silent and still is a powerful means to help us transcend our differences at least for one day and recognise the Oneness or Ekataa of our deeper selves. Project Ekataa and its team fully support Just This Day in creating this opportunity for all people of goodwill around the world to be as One on 24th Nov this year and for many years to come.