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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.
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.
● 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.
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