489430756_1e20e6391aIn a recent email to CNN, blogger Kelly West wrote, “How much coverage we expose ourselves to and how we want to acknowledge the anniversary is our choice.” She was referring to the 40+ televised programs planned for the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Thinking of tuning out the media coverage, either while traveling or at home? Here are some ideas:

Vist a Peace Pole — A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four or six sides, usually in different languages. In 1955 Masahisa Goi conceived of peace poles in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Since then, over 200,000 monuments have been planted in over 200 countries. You can find them in historically significant sites — the Giza Pyramids, Ground Zero, Macchu Pichu, Mt. Everest, the U.S. Pentagon — and in ordinary places likes libraries, hospitals and schools.


Can’t find one in your area? Then visit the photo gallery and take a virtual tour of Peace Poles around the world.

Walk a labyrinth or an outdoor sanctuary where you can reflect and meditate on what 9/11 means to you. Two of my favorites are the outdoor one at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut, and the rooftop labyrinth at the American Psychological Association near Union Station in Washington, DC.

Click here for a list of other public and private labyrinths around the world.

Participate in a community walk. At the family-friendly, apolitical and free “9/11 Interfaith Unity Walk” in Washington, DC, you can visit different houses of worship and religious institutions, listen to renowned interfaith speakers like Karen Armstrong and Arun Gandhi, and, in general, learn about faith traditions you may not be as familiar with. The 2.5 mile walk culminates at the Gandhi Memorial on Massachusetts Avenue.

Justine Ickes writes about culture, travel, education and people making a difference.
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