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A Guide to find Peace
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Publisher:  Cyberwit ISBN-10:  9788182531 Type: 
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Copyright:  January, 2008 ISBN-13:  9788182531017
Non-Fiction

This book develops a procedure to help individuals

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This book develops a procedure to help individuals, families and all social groups to find peace, by the promotion and the diffusion of thoughts that are indispensable for a sane social development.
  This diffusion could be possible by the systematic and non systematic education, using literature and culture that are able to lead us towards peace.  A serene mind, a state of tranquil spirit and a harmonious, altruistic way of life are capable to transform Earth into a Peace Universe.
We need to create a solid equilibrium between the members of the social cells: families and then neighborhoods. 
How can we achieve these goals?  The literature that involves high values and especially the peace poetry can be innovative instruments to help us in this attempt.
 To cite other matters, the concept of the peace that I present in this book is the general from personal to social levels.
Personal peace can be reached through the development of a mind free of stimulus after relaxation, meditation and even pray. Literature is a great help in this direction. Familiar conflicts can be resolved using literary activities too.
Social peace is not only the lack of violence but above all, the presence of a continuous and vivid equilibrium in the interior of social groups.  We need to study the ways to maintain societies far from compulsive repetition of the social violence. Recent investigations found that history characters that have perpetrated genocides or other crimes against humanity have had a terrible infancy. We need to understand the delicate mechanisms of history and the psychological causes of political decisions. Consistently, the extraordinary way to prevent the social violence is the education of new generations in the maintenance of peace as a main and important value to be maintained and to be cultivated by all. Globalization has created a new environment where the interchanging of diverse cultural values is practiced daily. Particularly, Bilingual Literature is the main cultural activity that transports the cultural meanings that are fond of peace, in the meaning of equilibrium, harmony and serenity. 

    Maria Cristina Azcona
 


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A Guide to Find Peace

Preface

I have thirty-two long years working professionally. During the first twenty years I attended behavioral and learning problems in children. During the innumerable sessions of family that I carried out, to diagnose emotionally and then to orient the parents on the ways in which they should treat their children, I discovered the imperceptible threads that connect these problems with parents¨ attitudes and emotional factors, in a clear relation of cause and effect. Subsequently I could go detecting the processes that carry to the construction of a solid conjugal, familiar and personal happiness, through the cultivation of the human virtues and the education in values. Finally I get interest into the reach of peace through the cultivation of literature and especially through the cultivation of poetry.
This book develops a procedure to help the individuals, families and all social groups to find peace, by the promotion and the diffusion of thoughts that are indispensable for a sane social development. This diffusion could be possible by the systematic and non systematic education, using literature and culture that are able to lead us towards peace. A serene mind, a state of tranquil spirit and a harmonious, altruistic way of life are capable to transform Earth into a Peace Universe.
We need to create a solid equilibrium between the members of the social cells: families and then neighborhoods. But how can we achieve these goals? The literature that involves high values and especially the peace poetry can be innovative instruments to help us in this attempt.
To cite other matters, the concept of the peace that I present in this book is the general from personal to social levels.
Personal peace can be reached through the development of a mind free of stimulus after relaxation, meditation and even pray. Literature is a great help in this direction. Familiar conflicts can be resolved using literary activities too.
Social peace is not only the lack of violence but above all, the presence of a continuous and vivid equilibrium in the interior of social groups. We need to study the ways to maintain societies far from compulsive repetition of the social violence. Recent investigations found that history characters that have perpetrated genocides or other crimes against humanity have had a terrible infancy. We need to understand the delicate mechanisms of history and the psychological causes of political decisions. Consistently, the extraordinary way to prevent the social violence is the education of new generations in the maintenance of peace as a main and important value to be maintained and to be cultivated by all. Globalization has created a new environment where the interchanging of diverse cultural values is practiced daily. Particularly, Bilingual Literature is the main cultural activity that transports the cultural meanings that are fond of peace, in the meaning of equilibrium, harmony and serenity.




Maria Cristina Azcona



Professional Reviews

Foreword
Now a Concerned Educator

Foreword by Stephen Gill, Dr-Canada


María Cristina Azcona from Argentina wears several hats. She is a poet, psychologist, fiction writer, editor and researcher. She is also involved in peace organizations, like the IFLAC (The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace), for which she is one of the directors. Azcona founded Bilingual MCA, a non-profit organization, to promote bilingual literature for peace, and edits an e-zine for the promotion of peace by bilingual poets worldwide. She also organizes poetry readings for the members of this organization, who visit Argentina.
In addition to her involvement with these and other activities related to peace and the creative arts, she has authored several books most of being collections of poems. She contributes her literary outputs regularly to international journals and magazines. I read her work often in these outlets. She has been honored with many awards.
It is not her awards that matter— it is rather her concerns for peace. Her obvious message in poetry and prose is to live and let live. This serious timely message keeps providing a fodder to her imagination. As an educational psychologist and peace maker, she is aware of the fruits of peace and the dangers of wars. This is the centre of her writing.
As a skilled jeweler, María Cristina Azcona knows how to transform her words into a unique form and with the colors and brush of her imagination she presents not only the hands and feet of peace, but also its heart. She brings out the inner realities of the world of today, and shapes them into the beauty of nonviolence. This keeps the fire of her imagination burning.
María Cristina Azcona surprises me with her new book, in which she assumes the role of a concerned mother, guide and a responsible teacher. The book is about counseling children. She has organized important steps to take in order to use literature for the growth of a child into a mature citizen of peace. Some sections of this valuable book are directed towards peace education, and resolution of conflicts through the use of arts and literature. She combines her skills as a poet, professional studies as a psychologist, and her own personal concerns, to explain how the ambrosia of peace can be tasted through listening, reading and lyrics. Some important chapters are about education at home, parental roles with talented children, social peace through education, culture and peace, and social poetry.

Being a poet for peace, also from the profession of teaching, and now as a director of the Children’s Aid Society in my hometown in Canada, I am also involved with children. Without preparing them for the future, human efforts to build an edifice of peace will not be of a lasting nature. That is why the General Assembly, in its resolution of ten principles, recommends observing a day every year to promote the welfare of the children all over the world. This resolution was adopted on November 20, 1959. Observation of this day varies from nation to nation. The Government of Canada designates the 20th of November as the Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations and UNESCO also observe the same day as Universal Children’s Day.
These recommendations of the General Assembly recognize the need to protect children from racial, and other forms of discrimination, and against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. These recommendations also recognize that children need an atmosphere of affection, understanding and of moral and material security to grow up in. As I say in my poem “These Children”, children “have yet to learn/ to deal with the muddy pellets of abuse/ or the ice of neglect/ while maturing into the oaks/ of exceptional might.” Therefore, children need guidance and a home of peace and love.
I feel pleased to invite readers to enter from any portal of this book, to see the beauty of the pen, imagination, skill and professionalism of María Cristina Azcona. The powers of her observation, as well as the inner realities, are other matchless features of this book.
Entrants will find meaningful gems arranged in a style that is individual and charming. A Guide to Find Peace cannot be ignored by parents, teachers, librarians and anyone who is engaged in building a better future for humankind.
Obviously, María Cristina Azcona wears several hats. However, these hats have been textured with the beautiful rainbow of peace.

Stephen Gill, Dr.
Canada
December 20, 2007
(www.stephengill.ca)







A review by Ernesto Kahan
Comment on the book "A Guide to find Peace" of María Cristina Azcona


By Ernesto Kahan*, Israel 2008

María Cristina Azcona is a careful, immaculate, serious author in the use of the language, deeply intellectual and bilingual. She is the director of the Argentine section of IFLAC – International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, and IFLAC in Spanish, and also the creator of the web page: Bilingual MCA, Bilingual Poets & Writers for Peace. Since these and other places, Azcona promotes tolerance in the world and arrives at all the corners on Earth and to the hearts of the writers that contribute to such culture of peace.

I repeat what I wrote a year ago on the author: María Cristina Azcona is a leader and universal ambassador for peace; is a flag of IFLAC in Argentina and the world, tireless worker, genius humanist and generator of literary esthetics. If humanity took example of her life, the world would be much better.

It is not then coincidental that have given birth the book "A Guide to find Peace". This is a text that covers the theme of peace since practically all the angles: Individual, family, neighborhood, national and universal. That it is why since it was published about one or two months, we already have received positive reactions from all the continents.

The author understands that peace is a healthy state inside the interior and outside of the individuals, and in their relation with the surrounding world. Her proposals in this book are fruit of her own social and professional experience. She wrote about herself:

"I have thirty-two long years working professionally. During the first twenty years I attended behavioral and learning problems in children. During the innumerable sessions of family that I carried out, to diagnose emotionally and then to orient the parents on the ways in which they should treat their children, I discovered the imperceptible threads that connect these problems with parents¨ attitudes and emotional factors, in a clear relation of cause and effect. Subsequently I could go detecting the processes that carry to the construction of a solid conjugal, familiar and personal happiness, through the cultivation of the human virtues and the education in values. Finally I get interest into the reach of peace through the cultivation of literature and especially through the cultivation of poetry.

Since the beginning, the reading of the book is done with great increasing interest. Then, when the reader is more involved and familiar with the text, become highly motivated and identified with it and always learn.

The author begins analyzing the individual aspects of the problematic, like displeasure and its causes. Among the diverse psychosomatic states includes a wide collection of symptoms and signs, discusses the methodology for the diagnosis and presents strategies (such as innovative thinking) to confront them. Then the author focuses on the educational aspects, to which dedicates a lot of attention. Her thoughts are directed toward the education for peace and toward the resolution of conflicts by the use of arts and literature. In the process of the reading the reader gradually arrives to the general aspects of the society and to the global community.

As a touch of gold, Azcona finalizes the text with the role of the poetry, which is her beloved matter, and offers her poems that impact every anxious intellect. Those poems are various and many of them complain about the inhuman world situation and ask, as a dream, for a change that will arrive though the heart illuminated by the supreme force of the celestial spirit. In her poem "World without Brain" she said:

Humanity has lost the route to love
Because is like a brainless little dove
[…]

Each poem is a pray for those who suffer and pain. It is enough to take a look at the titles of the poems, to understand what the principal subjects of them are: Window to Heaven, Sounds of the Angel, Sapience Tree, The Unemployed's Prayer, The Carton Picker's Prayer, Launderer's Prayer, Planet Earth's Prayer, Peace Goes On, Hope, Brainless Earth, Humanity, and many other, that it necessary to read in order to perform, as she says, "better flights"

It is impossible to comment this book without go step by step by each one of the elements that they compose it. It is preferably to suggest to the readers to read it with care. It is a book that people must read it repeated times to discover everything that has been exposed and hidden. The place for archive it, should be always next to the hand and the spirit.

Is accurate to say, as it is written in the magnificent foreword of Dr. Stephen Gill, of Canada: "A Guide to Find Peace" cannot be ignored by parents, teachers, librarians and anyone who is engaged in building a better future for the humankind.

My gratitude to María Cristina Azcona who has published this exceptional book, and from my personal view, for her impressive literary criticism she included in "A Guide to Find Peace" about my book entitled "Genocide" that I wrote in collaboration with the Japanese author Taki Yuriko.

* Prof. Ernesto Kahan MD MPH. Tel Aviv University, Israel
Vice President- World Academy of Arts and Culture (Approved by UNESCO)
President-Israel Physicians for Peace and Preservation of the Environment & Former Vice President of IPPNW (Organization awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1985)
Vice President-IFLAC (Intl Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace)
Ambassador in Israel of the movement Poets of the World
Ambassador, Universal Circle of Peace Ambassadors - Geneva – Switzerland
President of AIELC - Israeli Association of Writers. Spanish Branch


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