13 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 15

Welcome to Day 15 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.


Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” ~ Francis Bacon

In biblical times people were to be purified before entering the Temple or going into battle – ritual bathing to clean the body and show reverence. We are reverent in holy places and at sacred times, but we are also called to have reverence for ourselves and each other. To do so, we must seek to honor all life, to take care of what is ours – including our planet – and respect others and their property.

Environmentalist John Muir said, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul." Today, go for a walk and realize the beauty around, above and below you.

Then contemplate or journal about how different our world would be if we all had reverence for the divine all around us. Everything in creation is an expression of the divine. How do you honor it?

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