15 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 17

Welcome to Day 17 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.


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~ Martin Luther King

Living in integrity means knowing what you believe in and value and having the courage to stand for those ideals in your home, community and the world. It isn't always easy to live in peace in a violent world, yet the only way to create a peaceful world is for us learn to live peacefully in our homes, workplaces and communities. It is integrity to remain peaceful in the midst of conflict, and approach fear with love.

Contemplate being peace in your life and commit to being the peace you choose to experience. Throughout your day today, choose in the moment to remain peaceful in potentially volatile or difficult situations. At the end of your day, write in your journal about the experience.

Do the right thing. Spike Lee used these words as a title for one of his movies. When faced with a choice today, listen to your conscience. You know what's right. Do it. 

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