03 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 33: Acknowledgment

Welcome to Day 33 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.


"I believe the key to our survival as a species is our acknowledgement that we are one with everything in life." ~ Kenny Loggins

Our country puts great value on individuality and personal freedom. We seek autonomy and often resent government intervention in how we choose to live and operate our businesses. Regulations necessary to protect life and our environment would not be necessary if all of our leaders acknowledged that we are interdependent with each other and nature in ways that support our ability to survive.

As long as corporations value the bottom line and profits above all else, we cannot live in peace with nature or each other. As long as we, as individuals, believe our actions have no impact outside of our own lives, we can continue to participate in activities and business practices that endanger the survival of all life.

Consider today the ways in which we are all inter-connected and acknowledge our oneness with all peoples and nature as you go through your day. Journal about what you can do right now to live in greater harmony with the planet as you recognize humanity's dependence on the Earth for its existence. 

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