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For those of us who love peace, we love to be surrounded by peaceful people who build healthy and happy relationships. We may go for weeks without experiencing any emotional or physical violence. We may then be surprised and even angry, when someone is rude or unkind. Reading a news article about an incident of personal violence, we may become enraged. How dare they? How can people be that way, when we have worked so hard to build peace and harmony and love in organizations and countries? The anger seems both real and justified. But we need to be both philosophical and patient. We need to be in MASTERY over anger, even righteous anger.
Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 45:
DAY 45 Mar. 15: The thought for today is MASTERY. Labor organizer, Cesar Chavez taught “If you use violence you have to sell part of yourself for that violence. Then you are no longer a master of your own struggle.” To practice nonviolence you must learn to master your anger. Breathe deeply, silently counting backwards from ten to calm yourself and cool off before you speak or act with impatience or anger.
“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”
This should not be surprising. After all, to attain excellence in anything we have to work at it. An Olympic swimming champion doesn’t go for a workout once a week on Sunday afternoon, but practices for hours every day. The impetus to gain mastery over one’s mind and senses does not come from some Olympian height, or from a distant deity; it doesn’t come from any monastic rule, or even from one’s spiritual teacher. It comes from deep within yourself. You have had a fleeting glimpse of the shining presence within, and in its bright remembered light, all your flaws and blemishes are thrown into sharp relief. You can’t wait to start removing them.
Today: When I think of something or get into a situation where anger comes up, I will acknowledge the anger then breathe deeply, silently counting backwards from ten, and then decide what action to take. Mastery of nonviolence will come as I continue to practice.
● Kebba Buckley Button is both a minister and a Master’s Degree scientist. She is 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.
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