You may be celebrating the New Year tonight, but some people at Carolina Beach began their New Year rituals at seven a.m. -- and they were not alone. As the sun began to shine on Carolina Beach the last day of 2007 a dozen or so people took a moment to pray and join others around the globe in World Peace Meditation. Rev. Jim Young said, "Every year millions of people from around the world stop at seven a.m. eastern time, which is noon Greenwich, England, time -- the only moment of the day that the entire world is on the same day." Rev. Young has been leading the meditation since 2001. "Everybody just stops to pray to visualize and do whatever their spiritual practice is to bring their own hearts to a place of peace," he said. "The idea is that as we become more peaceful the world becomes more peaceful." Linda Kooharchick has attended the sunrise mediation for the past three years. She said, "I'm here to be part of the World Peace Meditation to add my energy to bring about world peace and personal peace." And even if you couldn't make it to see the sun come up on New Year's eve, Rev. Young says you can still help make the world a better place. "We invite everyone to join us, but if you can't be here in person, in the privacy of your own home just take a few moments to stop and be peaceful." All in hopes of a safe, healthy and happy New Year. The Quartus Foundation began the world peace mediation in 1986; the same prayer and meditation is used all over the world.
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