19 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 49: Honor

Welcome to Day 49 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.

Day 49: Honor

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." ~ Albert Einstein

When we take time to pause and honor the miracle of life, our hearts expand in grace and gratitude. To honor is to recognize with pristine awareness the gift of the moment, the gift in another, the treasure in a situation or circumstance...the exquisite miracle of being.

Before each meal today, stop and honor all the hands that brought it to you and to bless the earth for its bounty. The farmers. The one who harvested it. The person at the plant who packaged or processed it. The driver who brought it to the store. The clerk who rang up your groceries or the chef at the restaurant. Imagine this chain of blessings from the beginning.

Go out and honor others, honor life, honor the good that is yours. Allow peace to flow.

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