26 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 56: Self-Sufficiency

Welcome to Day 56 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 56: Self-Sufficiency

"If it is to be, it is up to me." ~ William Johnson

We have no option other than to create our own lives. Others can support us in many ways, but they cannot live our lives for us. When we allow ourselves to depend on someone or something other than ourselves, we risk losing our autonomy and giving control to another. To be fully at peace, we must be able to act independently, make our own choices and live according to our own beliefs. In true partnership with like-minded people and organizations, we are able to have both autonomy and interdependency.

Who do you depend on? Do you recognize that you are the power in your own life or do you believe that you need a particular job, person, or situation to survive? Journal about or contemplate the feelings that arise out of any feelings of need or dependency that you notice.

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