23 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 25: Friendliness

Welcome to Day 25 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.


"Therefore... cultivate friendliness; cultivate compassion, joy, and [detachment]" ~ Buddhist Proverb

Friendliness is a gift we can give to all we encounter in the world. It costs nothing to offer and takes nothing from us if it is not returned. Be kind, be helpful, smile, have compassion. Walking through our days with a frown, barely noticing those around us closes us off from our good. There are friends yet to be met, love yet to be found, kindness to share, hearts to mend. We miss these opportunities when we choose not to be friendly.

Today, be friendly with co-workers, cashiers where you shop, the teller at your bank or your server at your favorite restaurant. Smile, extend a friendly greeting. Notice how it feels when that friendliness is returned. Journal about or contemplate this experience.

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