06 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 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.


"The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually." ~ Greg Anderson

Our thoughts and words have great power indeed. We can, through the power of our words and thoughts, create great wonders or dark disasters. Our bodies manifest our beliefs, thoughts and words just as our beliefs about ourselves and others are reflected in our actions. Before we can act on this knowledge we must be aware of what we believe.

Writer, poet, activist, and professor Maya Angelou turned a traumatic childhood experience into a catalyst for creativity and achievement. Today, choose a painful incident in your past and find the “gift” it has given you. Consciously share this gift with others today.

Look to your actions today and contemplate what false beliefs are behind choices that undermine your health and well-being. Journal about these beliefs and how they affect your life and the world around you.

From A Season of Nonviolence

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