01 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 31: Praising

Welcome to Day 31 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 the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God." ~ White Eagle

When we focus our attention on what is working in our lives and our many blessings, we draw even more good to ourselves. Praising our good and the good of others is a powerful practice that shifts our awareness and increases our experience of joy. Our ability to recognize the infinite love that fills, surrounds and supports our lives grows as we engage in praising rather than complaining.

Be mindful today of praising your good. Notice if this is a natural attitude for you or if your first tendency is to complain and find fault. At the end of the day, contemplate or journal about what you discovered. Are you willing to commit to praising more and complaining less?

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