17 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 19

Welcome to Day 19 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.


"Life has no other discipline to impose than [we] accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, [or] evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such." ~ Henry Miller

The phrase "It is what it is" neatly summarizes the attitude of acceptance. No amount of screaming, kicking, hair pulling or argument can stop the rain, bring back one who has passed on, return us to some vision of the good old days or mend a broken relationship. When we accept the reality of what is, we begin the process of healing and make room for what is to come.

"Resentment, fear, criticism, and guilt cause more problems than anything else," says Louise Hay. Today, choose not to judge yourself (your looks, your capabilities, your expressions). See all the ways you are unique, loving, capable and bright!

Are you fighting against something in your life? Maybe it is an emotional wound that hasn't healed or a recent event or situation. Whatever it is, identify one fact of your life that you have not yet truly accepted. Make time today to seek acceptance in meditation, mindfulness and writing in your journal as you look this reality in the eye.

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