22 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 24: Harmony

Welcome to Day 24 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.


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Have you ever heard an orchestra or choir learning a new song? In those early days of learning their parts, these groups can generate a great deal of dissonance. But when the piece is perfected, the harmony created by these diverse instruments carries awesome beauty. When our lives are not in harmony, when the diverse aspects create dissonance, we cannot create lives of wonder and joy. We must practice to create that harmony in our lives.

Choosing not to engage in any form of gossip today contributes to harmony and peace in relationships. Today, choose to see the good in others rather than finding fault.

Also, contemplate or journal about harmony, or its absence, in your life. Is there harmony in your relationships, in the ways you show up at home, at work and play? How can you tune up your life to create more harmony?

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