07 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 37: Graciousness

Welcome to Day 37 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.


"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them." ~ Francis Bacon

Graciousness honors the oneness of humanity through kindness. It shows compassion for the challenges we are all subject to in life. We extend ourselves to others when we are gracious, accepting them as 'family' even when we are different or disagree. True graciousness is not expected or deserved, it is a precious gift.

Contemplate or journal about how you could bring graciousness into a situation you are currently facing. Imagine the kindest and most compassionate way to respond. Set aside considerations of fault or wrong-doing for the moment. How can you bring light and healing?

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