06 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 36: Mindfulness

Welcome to Day 36 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.


"On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. One who lives a pure life cannot be destroyed." ~ Buddha

When we pay attention to what we are doing, thinking, and saying we are being mindful. Yet It is easy to get lost in our thoughts on the drive home from work or during a conversation. Instead of being fully present, too many of us are re-living what happened in the past or worrying about what may happen in the future. Mindfulness helps us stay in the moment.

Set your intention to be mindful today. Bring your attention to simple tasks, quieting your internal monologue to be aware of what you are doing. Focus on tasks at hand, rather than planning 5 minutes ahead. Listen to what you say in your head and in the world. Contemplate or journal about the experience.

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