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Peaceful People: Day 60 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Witnessing

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, you can help build World Peace by WITNESSING and writing an email.  Is there any unjust matter in your community that disturbs you?  Something that has been on your heart?  Perhaps recent school shootings have made you think that gun control laws need some refining?  Perhaps Italy’s announcement of a decision to re-try Amanda Knox made you think you would like to say something to the US State Department?  Would you consider writing one email?

Now you can go to http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml and simply click on your state and get information on your congressman, your senator, or federal agencies like the State Department.  Each office has staff designated to respond to inquiries from voters.  On that same website, if you want to reach your local government, enter your target, such as “Phoenix Mayor”, and hit <enter>.  You will taken promptly to a City of Phoenix website showing you the email address to reach the Mayor.

So why not email your message today?  WITNESS that need.  Take a small step.  Or more.  Are you in?  Now here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 60:

DAY 60 Mar. 30: The thought for today is WITNESSING.  “We are each other’s bond,” writes poet Gwendolyn Brooks.  Those who practice nonviolence cannot close their eyes to injustice or cruelty.  We are here to be a witness for justice and compassion.  Those who practice nonviolence look at injustice or cruelty and know that it is possible for the situation to be different.  You can stand up for truth by your presence, your words and your actions, and by doing so, make a difference.

Today:  When I see injustice, I will say or take action to bring about a peaceful change.  I will write down my thoughts about the action I took, and share this with another person.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 58 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Citizenship

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Is World Peace possible?  This week, US President Barack Obama gave a speech in Israel, in which he said “Peace is necessary… Peace is possible.”  If you would like the possibility to become the reality, today consider the quality of  CITIZENSHIP.  Participation in the life and thinking of your community can shift events more than you might think.  The qualities your participation expresses can cause others to shift their own behavior, because they admire and begin to model your nonviolent qualities.  Also, you may be moved to invite others to join you in participation, such as an email campaign or a committee.

 

Get out your journal or iPad and make a list of your positive qualities.  How do you express nonviolence already, and how do you feel led to further activities in CITIZENSHIP?  Take 5 minutes to journal about these.  You can always add more later.  Have you noticed others admiring or copying you?  Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 58 of the SNV:

 

DAY 58 Mar. 28: The thought for today is CITIZENSHIP.  Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations urges, “Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams.” Make a difference in your community by becoming involved.

 

To be a citizen means to help your community be the best it can be.  You are a member of many communities:  your family, your place of work or school, your place of worship, your city, your country, and the planet.  Participation in your community presents an opportunity to model nonviolent action, peaceful resolution, and how each of us can and do make a difference.

 

Today:  I will call or write one of my legislators and register my views.  I will tell at least three people of my efforts and ask them to do the same.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 56 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Self-Sufficiency

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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The best World Peace is a sustainable peace.  Economies have to be working in healthy ways, for a sustainable peace, within and among countries.  Often, creating micromarkets for baked goods, for weaving, or for clothing, allows women, even in closed and impoverished societies, to begin generating incomes that change communities.  Micromarkets generate hope as well as SELF-SUFFICIENCY. Sometimes, a village water well is what shifts a community into SELF-SUFFICIENCY, as in India.  Sometimes sand-box water filters make the difference in permitting SELF-SUFFICIENCY, as in the riverside fishing communities in Brazil. When communities change, provinces change, countries can change, and the face of the World can change.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 56:

DAY 56 Mar. 26: The thought for today is SELF-SUFFICIENCY.  People need the dignity of work and the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.  Economic SELF-SUFFICIENCY is a requirement for a nonviolent world.

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.”

Mahatma  Gandhi

For Gandhi, economic SELF-SUFFICIENCY – symbolized by the spinning wheel – was a vital element of independence from colonial rule and from oppressive economic conditions.

Today:  I will discover the satisfaction of making something for myself instead of buying something – and from spending time in self-sufficient quiet reflection or meditation.   If I know someone who is looking for employment, I will offer to assist them with a resumé, an application, making phone calls, or practicing interviewing.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 55 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Responsibility

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today is Day 55 of AGNT’s Season for NonViolence.   Today, you’ll want your journal or iPad out again, as we consider RESPONSIBILITY.  Ready?

 

How much RESPONSIBILITY do you take for your life and the quality of life around you? Do you believe that you are the person who puts your left foot in front of your right, to take any action in life?  Do you take RESPONSIBILITY  for the unproductive or negative results of the risks you take?  Do you nurture your relationship with the Divine and take RESPONSIBILITY for following the guidance you receive?  Do you help your loved ones, sharing household RESPONSIBILITY when they are sick or having a difficult day?  Do you share in your community by voting and by attending your HOA meetings?  Do you fill your car’s gas tank and eat the right lunch for your body?

 

Did you get your answers into your journal?  Then you are ready for AGNT’s Day 55 meditation:

 

DAY 55 Mar. 25: The thought for today is RESPONSIBILITY.  The quality of your community starts with you.  Take RESPONSIBILITY wherever you are.   Whatever we are today is the result of what we have thought, spoken, and done in all the previous moments before now.  The RESPONSIBILITY for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow will be right.  This applies to our physical, emotional and spiritual life; we each have the ultimate RESPONSIBILITY for our choices.

 

Today:  I will pick up trash that is not my own, whether at home, at the office or on the street.   If there is a conflict present in my life, I will take responsibility for my part in the conflict.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 54 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Giving

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, you can help build a peaceful world by GIVING, even a little.  Sound interesting?  Oh, and get out your journal and pen (or laptop, or iPad) now.  In case you are just joining this series, we are celebrating the themes of the Season for NonViolence, or SNV, a program created by the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) 15 years ago.  There is a different theme, thought, or key word to ponder or meditate with each day, and possibly act upon, if you are so moved.  Most peace building has nothing whatever to do with making signs and joining a march or taking a bus to Washington.  Most is about changing our inner selves so that we reflect differently as we look at others.  Our actions and the World will change as we change.

So to what and whom are you currently GIVING?  Where does your time go?  Where do you give your love?  Where does your money go?  Take a few minutes and journal about where you put your energy and other resources.  Now ask yourself which areas you feel great about, which you think are a waste for you, and which you would like to give more to, in some way.  You can change your answers from year to year and month to month.  So you may want to come back to this meditation every month for a while.  And remember, as we change, the World changes a bit.

Now you are ready for AGNT’s thought for Day 54:

DAY 54 Mar. 24: The thought for today is GIVING.  Practice generously giving by sharing time, talent, energy and material resources with others.  Whatever you give, do it without thinking of getting anything in return. Do it as a service, not reluctantly, but with joy.  That is a real gift.

Whatever you give, be sure it is from the heart:

“Not in what we give, but what we share,

For the gift without the giver is bare.”

–Poet James Russell Lowell

Today:  I will clean out my closet, bureau drawers, or garage and give away things I’m not using.  I will give my time to a volunteer organization and my financial resources to a cause that supports and practices nonviolence.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 53 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Action

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, you can help build a nonviolent world by taken some small ACTION.  Change is cumulative, and a small thing you do will have at least a small effect on others.  For example, what if a person stopped swearing and expressing angry thoughts?  People would relax around that person more, use cleaner language, and express less anger.  If you are trying to create a new project, at least you can research the steps and resources you will need.  Take a small ACTION each day, and you may be surprised at the cumulative results in a month.  Remember the traditional French saying (translated): “After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Another concept that many have used indifferent forms is:

Anyone who thinks an individual cannot make a difference has never been to bed with a mosquito.

–Golda Meir (and variations attributed to others)

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 53:

DAY 53 Mar. 23: The thought for today is 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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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 50 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Choice

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, you can help World Peace by your CHOICE of thoughts.  Are you in?  Our thoughts are heard by our nervous systems, and low-energy or low-vibration thoughts, such as pessimism, resentment, and anger, literally drag us down.  On the other hand, high-level or high-vibration thoughts, such as optimism, confidence, and gratitude, literally lift our energy.  Plus, others receive the communication of our moods and energy levels without our having to verbalize about them.   So we actually strengthen or weaken others with our CHOICE of thoughts.  Paul, in his letter to the Phillipians, made this point powerfully:

 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things…and the God of Peace will be with you.”

-Phil 4:8-9

 

Here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 50:

 

DAY 50 Mar. 20: The thought for today is CHOICE.  Be aware of any jokes or remarks that show disrespect toward ethnic groups, women or men, classes of people, religious groups, gays or lesbians.  By being considerate of every person’s dignity and by choosing not to participate in disrespectful communication, I am contributing to a nonviolent society.

 

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.  The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become.  Your integrity is your destiny– it is the light that guides your way.”

Heraclitus

 

Do you think the statement “We always have a choice” is true?  Do you ever think that you don’t have a choice?  Do you ever think you must be violent?  Can you always choose nonviolence?

 

Today:  I will write about the choices I face throughout the day and on how they translate my commitment to nonviolence into my thoughts, words and actions.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, 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 .