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If you dream of a peaceful world, but you think there is nothing you can contribute to that vision, here is great news for you. There are actually simple ways you can contribute your thoughts, your prayers, and even your actions toward the creation of that peaceful world. Here is a great program to consider.
The Season for NonViolence (SNV) was originated 15 years ago by the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT). The SNV runs for 64 days each year, from January 30th, the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death, to April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The SNV was created as a grassroots education and demonstration program committed to showing and growing nonviolence as a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.
Each day during the SNV, I will be posting the thought for the day from AGNT. I will also be expanding on the meanings of the Season. Here is AGNT’s Day 1 meditation:
DAY 1 Jan. 30: The thought for today is COURAGE.
“I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
When you discover that everyone is contained in you and you are contained in everyone, you have realized the unity of life, which is the divine ground of existence. Then you are not just a person; you have become a beneficial force. Wherever you go, wherever you live, those around you will benefit from your life. Even one unassuming man or woman in a community has the courage to lead a nonviolent life, she will make her contribution, and she will slowly inspire others to make the same contribution, because human nature responds to such an example.
When we can say, “Whatever comes, we will not be afraid because the divine Self is within us,” then this resoluteness and faith will enable us to work free from tension, agitation, and fear of defeat. The person who works in this way is at peace, because he or she is not anxious about results.
Today: I will light a candle to symbolize my commitment to accept the courage to practice 64 Ways of living nonviolently.
● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (on Amazon.com >Books>Buckley), and the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (on Amazon.com >Books>Button). She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.
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Joan Muschamp said:
Thank you for sharing this. I have been watching in dismay as it seems our gun control debate in this country is spawing even more gun violence, violent attitudes, and the deep seated anger that festers and explodes.
Whether it’s combatting your road rage, standing up for a victim of racist slurs, or reaching out to help a domestic violence victim, there are many ways we can help stop this. Tolerating and encouraging violent protests simply allows it to grow.
Kebba Buckley Button said:
Joan, thanks so much for visiting and sharing. I absolutely agree with what you’re saying. Yesterday, in Phoenix (my city), a man was unhappy with a business mediation and shot 3 people. One died, one will die, and one has a wounded hand. The shooter was then violent with himself, and this morning he was found shot dead in a rental car. That’s 4 people who didn’t have to be shot. Thanks for caring as I do.
Donovan Dreyer said:
Thank you for the awareness of this annual event. Since we are so intimately linked, basically indivisible with one another; you are right, everything we do does impact the rest. I am in!
Arleen Bradley (@ArleenBradley) said:
I never knew about this group. I am so happy it is out there it is sorely needed in this day and age. I hope the message becomes more public this year. Thanks!
Kebba Buckley Button said:
Arleen, I am so glad to be of help. I’ll be posting for all 64 days of the Season for NonViolence. On twitter, I’m @kebbabutton, if you would like to follow that series. Thank you for caring.