08 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 10

Welcome to Day 10 of 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.

Day 10: FAITH

"All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without faith in something greater than ourselves, we would have little motivation or grounds for believing in goodness. Humanity has a long history of violence, unimaginable cruelty and selfishness, yet there have always been lights within the darkness. Love is the most powerful path to world peace. Faith and love can overcome our challenges and save us from darkness and fear.

When Cesar Chavez was organizing farm workers, he challenged them to say, "Si, se puede" (yes, it is possible) when they didn't know how they would overcome obstacles. Today say, "yes, it is possible," even if you don't know how your goal will be realized. Have faith, and say "it is possible” until you find, or are shown, a way.

What do you have faith in? Journal about or contemplate where you place your faith. Is it based in love or fear?

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