31 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 61: PEACE

Welcome to Day 61 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 61: Peace

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

If we truly understood that we are all one family, all one life, we could not kill each other. If we were fully awake to the loving light that unites us all, we would share our world, knowing that there is more than enough for all. Peace would be the natural result. Armies, border guards and peace treaties will not be necessary when everyone has enough and lives in love instead of fear.

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, "Practice watering seeds of joy and peace and not just seeds of anger and violence, and the elements of war in all of us will be transformed." Today, make a choice to meet each experience with an intention for peace.

Notice any issue that creates feelings of loss, insecurity, discomfort, or the need to control things today. Be aware of how fear motivates your actions. What is your fearfulness creating? Contemplate or journal about how fear is showing up in your life.

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