Maya Mathias is creating a podcast and newsletter for concerned citizens
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“Today we are all doing penance every day. We’re working hard, trying to make money to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, trying to maintain a good relationship or marriage, trying to keep our children safe and happy and educated, trying to keep the world from blowing itself up. We don’t need any more penance. We need some joy, an ideal, encouragement, a philosophy worthy of us, a real community, neighbors to keep us from having to go it alone. We need our own religion: our sources of inspiration, hope, and healing.”
- from ‘A Religion of One’s Own’ by Thomas Moore

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.” - Nelson Mandela

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Political division. No-confidence votes. Government corruption or shutdowns. Corporate greed. Fear of "the other." Income inequality. Financial anxiety. Cultural tensions. Decades-long wars.

And we citizens seem to be caught in the middle. Angry at the leaders who have deserted us. Distrustful of the institutions that used to look after us. Worried about what the future holds for us. And, consciously or not, afraid that someone who doesn't look, think or pray like us is going to steal our right to a better future.

Is this the world we signed up for? And should we be giving up, because it all seems too broken to be worth our effort?

Call me stubborn, or relentlessly hopeful...but my answer is NO.

Sure, our problems are big and hard to solve, but solve them we can. And solve them we must. Or we'll continue to destroy ourselves, and each other.

The question is, where do we begin as citizens? When it feels like the entire house is on fire, which precious item do we save first?

I've spent many years reflecting on this for myself, and helping other goodhearted citizens (from many countries) discover, when all's said and done, what remains their most precious item - the essence in their soul, the life story in their heart, the cause within their spirit.

Then I help them heal from the spiritual scars of that story, and integrate that hard-won wisdom into their life's work.

When this happens, your life becomes guided by the "religion of one's own" that Thomas Moore speaks of. It's a peaceful inner light that points you in the direction you were born to go, and toward the lifelong cause you are meant to champion.

"You cannot change what you don't make peace with." - Maya Mathias

That's why I produce my newsletter & podcast Peace Matters, a weekly dose of
  • peacebuilding insights on news that impacts us
  • tools to bring us more inner peace, self-discovery and self-actualization
  • updates on the work we do, plus answers to your questions about peacebuilding in turbulent times

With your patronage of this newsletter and podcast, we can become more peaceful from the inside out and, together, we will build a more peaceful planet.


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One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

- Mary Oliver
The Journey

Tiers
Member
$2 or more per month

Monthly "Peace Matters" roundup.
We cover a lot of ground each week in our podcast and newsletter. As a Member, you'll receive a monthly summary of our stories, including the powerful peace-building questions we discuss through those stories.

Seeker
$5 or more per month


Practice stillness. 

You'll receive one MP3 download from my Inner Peace meditation series. Topics include making peace with time, and connecting to your creative Muse.

I'll also send you one new meditation every three months, for as long as you remain a patron.


This tier includes access to the monthly "Peace Matters" roundup.

Learner
$8 or more per month


10% discount on yearly membership for "Lead for the World" magazine.

"Lead for the World" (LFTW) magazine seeks to uplift the world through peaceful leadership. One citizen, one community, one nation at a time.


LFTW articles transmute the darkest of news headlines into something that offers hope and light where none existed. You’ll start to see news as something to learn and grow from, not something to wring your hands over. The more time you spend on LFTW, the more you’ll treasure news as a window to both the breadth of our world, and the depth of our collective soul. 


This tier includes access to the monthly "Peace Matters" roundup, and one MP3 download every three months (for as long as you remain a patron) from my Inner Peace meditation series. 

Goals
0 of 150 patrons
With 150 patrons, I can cover the technology expenses for Peace Matters and this community.
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“Today we are all doing penance every day. We’re working hard, trying to make money to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, trying to maintain a good relationship or marriage, trying to keep our children safe and happy and educated, trying to keep the world from blowing itself up. We don’t need any more penance. We need some joy, an ideal, encouragement, a philosophy worthy of us, a real community, neighbors to keep us from having to go it alone. We need our own religion: our sources of inspiration, hope, and healing.”
- from ‘A Religion of One’s Own’ by Thomas Moore

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.” - Nelson Mandela

=====================================

Political division. No-confidence votes. Government corruption or shutdowns. Corporate greed. Fear of "the other." Income inequality. Financial anxiety. Cultural tensions. Decades-long wars.

And we citizens seem to be caught in the middle. Angry at the leaders who have deserted us. Distrustful of the institutions that used to look after us. Worried about what the future holds for us. And, consciously or not, afraid that someone who doesn't look, think or pray like us is going to steal our right to a better future.

Is this the world we signed up for? And should we be giving up, because it all seems too broken to be worth our effort?

Call me stubborn, or relentlessly hopeful...but my answer is NO.

Sure, our problems are big and hard to solve, but solve them we can. And solve them we must. Or we'll continue to destroy ourselves, and each other.

The question is, where do we begin as citizens? When it feels like the entire house is on fire, which precious item do we save first?

I've spent many years reflecting on this for myself, and helping other goodhearted citizens (from many countries) discover, when all's said and done, what remains their most precious item - the essence in their soul, the life story in their heart, the cause within their spirit.

Then I help them heal from the spiritual scars of that story, and integrate that hard-won wisdom into their life's work.

When this happens, your life becomes guided by the "religion of one's own" that Thomas Moore speaks of. It's a peaceful inner light that points you in the direction you were born to go, and toward the lifelong cause you are meant to champion.

"You cannot change what you don't make peace with." - Maya Mathias

That's why I produce my newsletter & podcast Peace Matters, a weekly dose of
  • peacebuilding insights on news that impacts us
  • tools to bring us more inner peace, self-discovery and self-actualization
  • updates on the work we do, plus answers to your questions about peacebuilding in turbulent times

With your patronage of this newsletter and podcast, we can become more peaceful from the inside out and, together, we will build a more peaceful planet.


=====================================

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

- Mary Oliver
The Journey

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Tiers
Member
$2 or more per month

Monthly "Peace Matters" roundup.
We cover a lot of ground each week in our podcast and newsletter. As a Member, you'll receive a monthly summary of our stories, including the powerful peace-building questions we discuss through those stories.

Seeker
$5 or more per month


Practice stillness. 

You'll receive one MP3 download from my Inner Peace meditation series. Topics include making peace with time, and connecting to your creative Muse.

I'll also send you one new meditation every three months, for as long as you remain a patron.


This tier includes access to the monthly "Peace Matters" roundup.

Learner
$8 or more per month


10% discount on yearly membership for "Lead for the World" magazine.

"Lead for the World" (LFTW) magazine seeks to uplift the world through peaceful leadership. One citizen, one community, one nation at a time.


LFTW articles transmute the darkest of news headlines into something that offers hope and light where none existed. You’ll start to see news as something to learn and grow from, not something to wring your hands over. The more time you spend on LFTW, the more you’ll treasure news as a window to both the breadth of our world, and the depth of our collective soul. 


This tier includes access to the monthly "Peace Matters" roundup, and one MP3 download every three months (for as long as you remain a patron) from my Inner Peace meditation series.