25 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 27: Generosity

Welcome to Day 27 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.


"To generous souls every task is noble." ~ Euripides

Our thoughts usually go to images of gifts and material goods when we consider generosity. But generosity of spirit comes from within. It is our willingness to give of our time, our smiles, kindness, compassion and love. When we approach life with a generous spirit, we bring light into all we do. We may never know how we impact the lives of others by our acts, but when we cultivate a generous spirit, we can do no harm.

Mother Theresa said, "There is a hidden poverty more pervasive than lack of money. It is the poverty of the heart." Find three ways to generously give of your time, attention and resources to others.

Meditate today on your own generosity of spirit. Do you give of yourself freely or do you withhold your kindness and compassion? Journal about what you discover.

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