19 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 21: Inspiration

Welcome to Day 21 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 trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn't. But I don't sit back waiting for it. I work every day." ~ Alberto Moravia

In theology, inspiration is defined as a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. It is easy to see divine inspiration working in great works of art and music such as the Sistine Chapel or Handel's Messiah. But inspiration is not limited to artists; it is available to all of us. Inspiration is in each insight we gain, each new perception, change in attitude or behavior we experience. The open heart finds inspiration at every turn.

Open yourself to inspiration today. Sit in silence, quiet your mind, and listen for the voice of inspiration. Journal about or contemplate about the spiritual work necessary for inspiration.

Also, think of at least two people who exemplify for you the practice of nonviolence. What is it you admire about them? Practice these behaviors today so that other people may be inspired.

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