09 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 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.


"I admire people who are suited to the contemplative life. They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just be. It's wonderful to have someone like that around, you always feel you can count on them. You can go away and come back... there they are, just the way they were, just being." ~ Elizabeth Janeway

Many of us take time to contemplate life and spirituality; we choose to regularly connect to our inner selves and find greater peace. Great good can be done in the world by taking time for contemplation and meditation while we continue to participate in the activities of the world, bringing peaceful energy to our work and relationships.

For at least three minutes, relax, breathe, and let your mind be fed by "whatsoever is good and beautiful and just." Sacred scripture states, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Today, contemplate how your own practices aid you in being a positive presence in the world and make a commitment to dedicate time each day to peace, solitude and quiet.

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