10 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 12

Welcome to Day 12 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 tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me." ~ Sylvia Ashton Warner

Are you like a tree with deep strong roots that hold you firm no matter what storms may come? Or are you a tumbleweed, blown about by whatever winds may come? When we are grounded in truth, when we find meaning and purpose in our lives, we contribute to the well-being of all.

Gandhi said, "To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves." And Black Elk said, "Some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds." Today place a seed in the earth, plant a tree or nurture an open space.

Today, journal about or contemplate your own groundedness. Are you easily swayed by others or do you know what matters and stand in that knowing, no matter what comes?

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