“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
Mildred Norman Ryder, AKA Peace Pilgrim
(July 18, 1908-July 7, 1981)

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

Photo by James Burton


 From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America.
excerpted from


Spiritual Teacher, Non Violence Advocate, Peace Prophet


This is a photo of a map carried by Peace Pilgrim on one of her earlier pilgrimages. It is from a scrapbook located at the home of her sister, Helene Young. The map has a 1958 date on it so probably can be associated with Peace’s pre-1964 walking when she was still keeping track of her mileage.

“Every experience is what you make it and it serves a purpose.  It might inspire you, it might educate you, or it might come to give you a chance to be of service in some way.”

“Life is a mixture of successes and failures. May you be encouraged by the successes and strengthened by the failures.”

“There is another kind of possessiveness. You do not possess any other human being, no matter how closely related that other may be. No husband owns his wife; no wife owns her husband; no parents own their children.  When we think we possess people there is a tendency to run their lives for them, and out of this develop extremely inharmonious situations. Only when we realize that we do not possess them, that they must live in accordance with their own inner motivations, do we stop trying to run their lives for them, and then we discover that we are able to live in harmony with them.  Anything that you strive to hold captive will hold you captive – and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.”


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