30 January 2011

Season of Nonviolence - Day 1

Today, we begin the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.

Eleanor Roosevelt has urged, "You must do the things that you think you cannot do." Practicing these 64 Ways will challenge you to do things that you think you cannot do. Today, light a candle and accept the courage to practice 64 Ways of living nonviolently.


Day 1: COURAGE

“I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet: for calmness to remember or courage to forget.” ~ Charles Hamilton Aïdé

How would your life change if you could forget? It takes courage to forget the wrongs we believe have been done to us, but it is even harder to forget what we often consider the beliefs we took on as a result. The experiences that made us tougher, less trusting, or less optimistic can also make it hard for us to be vulnerable, open and hopeful as we walk through life. We let those parts of ourselves become dormant, dismissing them as naïve.

~ From  A Season of Nonviolence

1 comment:

Emme said...

Love this! 64 days is not too much.. I am down!