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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.
● 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.
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