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Peaceful People: Day 29 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Forgiveness

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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Rev. Kebba Buckley Button and Fr. William Meninger
November 2012

Today, in the middle of the SNV, we consider the quality and action of forgiveness.  Whole books are available on this dynamic subject, because forgiveness is really a process, and for most of us, there is always more forgiveness work.  One of the leading teachers in forgiveness work is Fr. William Meninger, a monk and scholar. Fr. William sees the process in 5 stages:  Claiming the hurt, guilt /self-blame, victimhood, anger, and wholeness.  Fr. William points out, in his book, The Process of Forgiveness, that Christians are commanded to forgive.  For example, in Romans 12, where Paul instructs us to “bless those who persecute you” and as far as possible, to “live at peace with everyone”.  In Matthew 5, Jesus advises us to make peace with anyone with whom we are unreconciled, before we present our gifts  to the Lord.  That is how basic it is to do our best to forgive, and to live in harmony with all.

Here is the AGNT meditation for Day 29:

DAY 29 Feb. 27: The thought for today is FORGIVENESS.  When we forgive, we do not condone hurtful behavior.  When we realize that there is something within us that is more important than this hurtful experience, we are free to let go of the past and move on with our lives.  In doing so, we open our hearts to the humanity of those we forgive.

As we forgive others, we are teaching the mind to respond with forgiveness everywhere, even to the misdeeds and mistakes of our own past.  And if I have treated a particular person badly, even if I can no longer win that person’s forgiveness, I can still win the forgiveness of myself.

“The result of forgiveness is the stopping of the recycling of anger within ourselves and in the world. Peace will come to the world when each of us takes the responsibility of forgiving everyone, including ourselves, completely.”  –Gerald Jampolsky

Today:  I am willing to let go of the past, and forgive those who have hurt me, and towards whom I feel anger. I will forgive myself too.  Today, I will write a letter of forgiveness to someone (I do not have to mail it).

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace.  Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living.  Please enjoy those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

Peaceful People: Day 26 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Respect

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today is Day 26 of the SNV, and today we focus on respect as a tool for nonviolence and peacebuilding.  When we genuinely respect another person, we have regard for what the person is saying, and we listen without checking our texts or answering our cell phone.  We listen courteously and do our best to understand what the person is sharing.  Sometimes we ask questions to get more clarification of what the person is saying.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 26:

DAY 26 Feb. 24: The thought for today is RESPECT.  Gandhi taught “Language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”  Respecting yourself and others means making a choice not to use profanity or ‘put downs’.  Let our language be based on respect for those we address.  The life of peace excludes no one.  Let your words reflect your respect for others – speak from the depth of your heart and soul.  The other side of respect is listening – listen to others with the respect that what they have to say matters.  The act of listening has a calming effect on others, even if they are in a heated tirade, just listening models a nonviolent response.

Courtesy towards opponents and eagerness to understand their view-point is the ABC of nonviolence.

 –M.K. Gandhi

Today:  As I interact with and observe people during the day, I will be aware of ways in which I respect each person.  I will draw a picture of someone for whom I have a great deal of respect, then frame the picture with words that describe this person.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace.  Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living.  Please enjoy those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

Peaceful People: Day 25 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Friendliness

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

SNV, nonviolence, peace, peacemakingToday is the 25th day of the Association for Global New Thought’s (AGNT’s) annual Season for NonViolence (SNV).  During these 64 days, from January 30th  through April 4th, we contemplate the qualities that contribute to a nonviolent and peaceful world.  When we really research what serves nonviolence, a key insight we find is that peace begins within the individual and then builds in the ways in which individuals relate to others.  Friendliness occurs naturally when we like others and hold them to be precious.  When one person talks to another, eye contact that communicates respect and valuing, even affection,  speaks directly into the other’s soul.  The receiver of the message of valuing is touched and uplifted and will treat the next person with that same valuing.  When we touch each other’s hearts with warmth and humor, we draw that out in others also.  What if most people were friendly and honoring with each other?

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 25.

DAY 25 Feb. 23:  The thought for today is FRIENDLINESS.  To humorist Will Rogers, strangers were simply friends he hadn’t met.  View those you encounter today in that light.  Every time I am friendly toward another, I help break down the wall of separation and I contribute to nonviolence.

Today: I will make a new acquaintance, befriend a stranger.   I will go up to someone I haven’t met yet and say “Hi friend.”

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace.  Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living.  Please enjoy those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

Peaceful People: Day 24 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Harmony

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

Peace, SNV, nonviolence, peacemakingAs we seek to build a world of peaceful people, we are building world peace.  Today we consider harmony.  In music, “harmony” is a pattern of putting together different notes in ways that make the notes together greater than the individual notes. Today is Day 24 of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), in which we cultivate nonviolent and harmonious ways of being with others.  Here is the AGNT meditation for Day 24.

DAY 24 Feb. 22: The thought for today is HARMONY.  Choosing NOT to engage in any form of gossip today contributes to harmony.  Choosing to see the good in others rather than finding fault leads to peaceful relationships.  Look for the good in yourself and in others.  By making these choices, we are contributing to a culture of nonviolence, we are being a model of peace.

Today:  I will choose to see the good in others instead of finding fault.   I will spend the entire day without criticizing anything or anyone; if I am tempted to criticize, I will write down the criticism rather than speaking it, then later discover where the criticism is coming from within me.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace.  Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living.  Please enjoy those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

 

Peaceful People: Day 22 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Mission

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, we’re on Day 22 of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) Season for NonViolence (SNV).  Today, we ask ourselves, “[W]hat do I stand for?  What is my mission?”  If you have a personal journal, consider writing to yourself today about your mission, that focus that is most important in your life.  If you haven’t thought about this much before, start with this question:  “[W]hat matters?”  Write about the topics that are most important to you.  What issues have been up for you?  What aspects of life trouble your heart?  Today we invite ourselves to notice what seems most important and to point more of our activities there.  While you are writing, ask yourself what you have been spending time on, and notice if some of these activities now fail to appeal, as you think about focusing on a mission.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 22:

DAY 22 Feb. 20: The thought for today is MISSION.  “My life is my message” said Gandhi.   Gandhi’s mission was to be nonviolent.  What do you want to stand for in your life?  Do you know your life’s mission?

Today:  I will write down what I stand for in my life.  I will note at least one way I can show, through action, that I stand for my beliefs.  I will develop a personal mission statement and draw a picture of myself living my mission.   I will share my mission with at least three other people.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace.  Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living.  Please enjoy those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com

Peaceful People: What is the Season for NonViolence?

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

2013 SNV bannerIf you dream of a peaceful world, you are in the right place.This is a new place to read good ideas about creating peace.  Do you crave a nonviolent world, but you think there is nothing you can contribute to that vision? Then 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 am posting the thought for the day from AGNT.  I am also expanding on the meanings of the Season.  Posts for the January 30-to-February 18 period are at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com.  However, an expanded vision of peace ministry has enfolded the need for this new place, for news and views on ways to understand the development of peace and of nonviolence.

Here is AGNT’s theme for Day 21 of SNV:

Day 21 Feb. 19: The thought for today is INSPIRATION.  There are many people who inspire us. Take a moment to reflect upon who inspires you and what characteristics you most admire in them.  See the potential that is also within you and choose to cultivate these characteristics in your daily life.

“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere.  Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life BE Revelation.”  –Eileen Caddy

Today:  As I think of at least two people who exemplify the practice of nonviolence, I’ll acknowledge what it is I admire about them, what inspires me about them.  I’ll practice these behaviors today so that other people may be inspired and I’ll share this insight with at least three other people.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of  the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br).  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .