03 April 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 64: The Coming Year

Welcome to Day 64 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 64: The Coming Year

"Be the change you want to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Peace begins at the personal level. As we learn to live in peace with ourselves, our families, friends, co-workers and neighbors, that peace can spread beyond ourselves and out into the world. This is the only way world peace can be achieved; no grand declaration can make it so. Peace is the duty of each of us to create. We begin by accepting what is, consciously choosing what changes we want to experience, and moving toward them one step at a time.

Make the practices of awareness, contemplation and journaling part of your daily life. Be mindful of the value of your own peace. Contemplate ways to increase the peacefulness in your home, workplace and relationships. Use your journal to write about ways you can improve or change situations that do not appear to serve your greatest good. Practice compassion, forgiveness, understanding and love in all you do. Learn to be peace in your world.

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