24 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 26: Respect

Welcome to Day 26 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.


"We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes giving someone space – physical or emotional – is the highest form of respect we can offer. We respect others in our lives when we allow them space to feel what they feel or honor their expressed wishes about our actions in their presence. Even when we vehemently disagree with another, when we respect their right to believe as they do, we bring more peace into any situation.

Be mindful today of how you interact with others around you. Do you respect their feelings, needs and beliefs or do you ignore them? Do you judge or condemn the person because you disagree with them?

Gandhi taught, "Language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”

Today, respect yourself and others be choosing not to use any profanity or "put downs." Journal about or contemplate what you observe about your behavior and attitudes and your willingness to be more respectful.

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