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Women’s International Forum

The mission of the Women’s International Forum is to provide a forum for briefings and discussions on international affairs, in order to promote understanding and mutual appreciation among members of the diplomatic community, the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations community at large.  WIF’s mission is to also  network, promote knowledge and raise awareness

United Nations International Bazaar

Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, spouse of the United Nations Secretary General, invited her “dear friends” to participate in the 1st “United Nations International Bazaar”. Although this was sent out in February, she made a good choice of May 20th for it was a beautiful spring Tuesday. The event was held in the Rose Garden outside the

Nakashima Foundation Honors the Very Reverend James Morton

Nakashima Foundation for Peace Honors The Very Reverend James Morton with the Inaugural Nakashima Foundation Award for Peace The Nakashima Foundation for Peace honored The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean Emeritus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Founder of The Interfaith Center of New York, and Honorary Chairman of the Nakashima

Mira Nakashima and Miriam

George Nakashima Woodworker “1941-2014: The Process”

Having moved from downtown to Soho to the slice of land near the Hudson River, the center of the NYC art world is now in Chelsea. Large raw spaces are transformed into white clean exhibition halls. The area pulsates with the exciting works of art that pass through. April 9th was a clear day but

UN Women For Peace Celebrating International Women’s Day

Being at the United Nations’ Headquarters in NYC on March 7th for the UN Women for Peace event felt a bit differently than being in Auroville in South India just a month earlier for the Nakashima Sacred Peace Table Dedication.  The formidable surroundings of the UN building, the view over the East River, the Delegates’

Pathways to Vibrant Health & Well-Being Telesummit

I am so grateful to be a part of this incredible Vibrant Well-Being Telesummit, along with the other co-authors of the soon-to-be-released anthology book, “Pathways to Vibrant Health & Well-Being     Profound Stories of Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Healing To Uplift and Encourage You on Your Personal Journey.”    Would you like to feel more

Nakashima Sacred Peace Table Dedication

Nakashima Sacred Peace Table for the Peoples of Asia Dedication & The Inauguration of the Hall of Peace in the Unity Pavilion: This was a beautiful and creative event which took place in Auroville on February 11th. People from the community were joined by diplomats from Delhi and participants from the United States. Infact the

Nakashima Sacred Peace Table in Auroville

Auroville, founded in a UNESCO sponsored ceremony in 1968, is especially important to the Nakashima Foundation for Peace because George Nakashima lived and grew in his spiritual understanding at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in nearby Pondicherry. Pondicherry is where George built what many recognize as the first modern building in India, the guest house Golconde. This

A Happy Green 2014

As you reflect on the year past, here is a simple ritual you can do to prepare for the new year: a happy green 2014.     Make a list of that which you wish to let go.  These may be negative thoughts, habits, traits, experiences, people.  Whatever. Then burn this list with all the

Winter Solstice

As the days shorten and the nights grow longer, we turn inwards – resting in the warmth of the heart with family and friends. Give yourself this chance to feel the holy joy of now. A bird sighting, the low sun’s light, the cold air, the embrace of a loved one: each is a treasured

Chanukkah

And if Chanukkah reverberates for you, consider that it, as Thanksgiving, is a holiday of religious freedom.  It is filled with the awe of faith & miracles. Indeed, Chanukkah is called the Festival of Light, extending for 8 happy days. The unique confluence of these 2 holidays is wonderful and empowers each other. Gratitude, empowered

Thanksgiving/Gratitude/Giving thanks

What wonderful emotions! And here we are now in the midst of this vibration in mid-November. This very high and most precious of vibrations. Take full advantage of it. Each and every day make a list of 5 people, experiences, aspirations that you are grateful for. Your best friend, seeing the golden leaves of autumn,

Valentine’s Day

The best gift for Valentine’s Day – or any day – is all wrapped up, waiting to be opened. As we proceed to the Day of Love on February 14th, there are many possibilities: jewelry, red roses, clothes, chocolates, music, a romantic dinner.  Of course, these are all lovely and wonderful.  They are tried and

Humor and Optimism Really Do Help Us.

Let’s All Agree with Mae West. There is nothing like a good laugh to make you feel good.  Or better.  Or great.  I am sure you have had this wonderful experience many times during your life.  Suddenly, the room is brighter.  You feel more comfortable.  You have more energy and are relaxed. The hilarious laughter

How I Saved the Lives of 5 people

How I saved the lives of five people – including my daughter’s and my own – during a Deadly Fire in Our Building The Holiday Season of 1998 was an especially powerful one for me. It came after a deadly fire which occurred in my building in New York City on the upper west side.

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