20 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 22: Mission

Welcome to Day 22 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.


"Can you have more than one major mission pervading your life? NO. That would be like coming to a fork in the road and trying to go both ways by straddling it." ~ Charles Garfield

Many of us want to know our purpose in life. We admire those with clarity and passion around their own mission and feel the pull of something within that we cannot identify. In order to be clear about our mission we must understand ourselves, our values, beliefs, and passions. It is there our mission resides. As we gain clarity about ourselves, we become better able to perceive our mission and purpose in life. This clarity is a powerful place from which to pursue that mission with passion.

"My life is my message." says Gandhi. Write down what you want to stand for in your life. Note at least one way you can show through action that you stand for your beliefs. Take this action today.

Then, contemplate or meditate on these questions today: 

* What gifts do you possess that support your mission? 
* What are you most passionate about? 
* Are you willing to let go of the fears that hold you back from living your mission in the world? 

Journal about the insights you gain.

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