Wouldn't it be nice if every morning commute started with a smile? No elbows or furrowed brows. No awkward glances or stubborn stances. just a pleasant ride to mark the start of a happy day. we thought that would be nice.
....ever thought you were part of something bigger? You were right.
4.1 million Londoners ride the bus, rail and tube on a daily basis. That's an impressive number of people to hitch a ride to work with every day.
The sad news is, few of us are having a good time. Londoners would happily take a swift kick in the shins if it meant avoiding the stress of their daily commute.
And its not just us saying it. Studies report that people who commute via public transport record higher levels of anxiety, on average, than those who travelled in a private vehicle.
We say: why sweat the small stuff? We have to commute so lets make it the most peaceful, stress free part of our day.
Take us on your journey and we will take you on ours.
Peacebeam teaches us that a peaceful community starts with the self. So by doing something good for yourself, you're also doing something good for those around you.
Short on time but ready to help make a difference?
To get a better idea of what its all about, listen to this sample Peacebeam (its about 4 minutes long) and follow this handy 4-step infographic to channeling your inner calm and peace, making it a habit for life. Its easy, time efficient and effective. To discover more about Peacebeam's ethos see our FAQ section.
On your commute, download and listen to the daily session to let calmness and kindness wash over you.
This is a one-to-one conversation. More kindfulness than mindfulness and no preaching, no guilt-trips and nothing stuffy or patronising - promise!
As the community of Peacebeam users grows so will the peace and positive energy in London. Each Peacebeam starts a ripple of peace.
That's how easy it is to give back - in just 5 minutes a day!
.............one bleak and rainy Tuesday morning in 2016. I was on the 07.33am train to London Waterloo. Standing - because there are never any seats - stressed, busy and running a little late. Feeling my temper start to flare as my neighbour's backpack kept banging me in the face and scrolling through my messages and emails while trying to stay upright during a stop-start signal problem scenario, I was stung by a startling realisation: If I was 'too stressed' and 'too busy' to think positive thoughts about the person pressed next to me on the train, how could I expect anything from my community? If I couldn't find the time or energy for the small acts of peace and kindness, I wondered, how can I help create the big changes I want to see in the world?
I knew I wasn't alone. Stress and 'busyness' get the better of most of us. So I sat down with the good folks at Peacebeam and several coffees and dinners later the solution for the stressed out commuter hit us. It all begins with the 'self'.
Imagine if whenever our stress levels heightened, we consciously - and with great willpower - collected our thoughts and cooled off so that the person traveling next to us received only unconditional kindness and peace.
Not by what we say or do, but by the energy we emanate.
We wondered what it would look like if others did the same thing, at roughly the same time, and we were able to connect everyone?
And so Peacebeam was born.
We can't wait for you to join us on this well-being to world-being journey.
Jane and the Peacebeam Team xxx