23 March 2012

Season of Nonviolence - Day 53

Welcome to Day 53 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mohandas 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.

Eleanor Roosevelt has urged, "You must do the things that you think you cannot do." Practicing these 64 Ways will challenge you to do things that you think you cannot do.

Day 53: ACTION

“Each of us can work to change a small portion of events and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation” said Robert Kennedy.  Imagine what actions Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy would be taking if they were among us today.

Truly nonviolent action is centered in love and compassion.  Actions speak louder than words, it is said, yet it is not so much loudness as clarity and truth that matters; a gentle action can be far more powerful than a forceful one.  So, too, the smallest actions - those closest to home - can be more meaningful than those expressed from a distance.

Today:  I will explore actions from the heart I can take today to express my commitment to peace and nonviolence - in both my personal life and in the public domain.  I will find a way to make one small change that will contribute to the well being of my home, school, workplace or community. 

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