Peace Blossoms in Freedom

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, the column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace delights at the Campbell Farmers' Market inspiring acts of unity and harmony.

illo: AD Avila 
Greetings to all and welcome to This Week in Peace! Today is Saturday, a good time to appreciate the freedom and variety of life. Saturdays are special because many of us rest from our jobs. We exercise the privilege of choosing our own activities. The notion of doing things differently, changing our routines or planning to do new things makes the joy of Saturdays accessible to all of us. The Dance of Peace blossoms in the spirit of this type of freedom. The right to do what brings us joy is for everyone, it is one of the components that helps us birth our dreams.

A great, local place where leisure flourishes is the Campbell Farmers' Market. Families stroll around holding hands, browsing fruits and vegetables, and take their time doing it. As the Dance of Peace unfolds here each week, it is inspiring to witness togetherness. Parents, grandparents, children, and friends of all ages enjoy the relaxed environment. It's ideal for dancing; everyone is already on foot. There are no cars to be wary of and beautiful sights abound, and dancing together is one of them! 

The children at this market bring a unique delight during the Dance of Peace. Their facial expressions are endlessly amusing. Each one forms their own impression of the Dance of Peace. It shines from within upon their unguarded faces. Some stare, unblinkingly transfixed. Others clap and grin. Many approach with a younger sibling by their side, making sure it's safe before participating.

Toddler watching the peace dance
 Tiny peace watcher

A little girl this week, around age three, couldn't quite decide what she thought and needed to return repeatedly. She convinced her mother and sister to take a seat on the bench across the street. Once they were settled, she made a pattern out of running over to the dance, standing nearby in stillness, then running back to her family. This went on for over thirty minutes. While this was cute and funny on its own, something deeper evolved as she ran along her route. People looked out for her. Older children and adults saw her, stopped what they were doing, and looked around to make sure she had a nearby family to care for her. Others excused themselves politely when they crossed her path. It was glorious to see people taking the time to care. Strangers exercised protective awareness over this little one so that she could explore the world around her in peace. Many among us hold in our hearts a secret hope of unity and harmony for our world. Though it may seem far-fetched at times, small events like this bring it closer to us. Let's keep this going! Thanks and see you out there!

 

***Hours/Location for the weekly Dance of Peace Performances:

Sundays 11am, Campbell Farmers' Market 
Tuesdays 12 noon, San Carlos and Meridian, San Jose

Check Out More of This Week in Peace Column:
The Dance of Peace Spreading Magic in Santa Cruz

Dancing for Peace in Sin City  

Peace Within Ourselves

This article is part of the categories: Arts & Culture  / Community  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Campbell Farmer's Market  / Dancer of Peace  / Khalilah Ramirez  / Peace  / Peace Dancer  / This Week in Peace 

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