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Peaceful People: Closing Thoughts for the Season for NonViolence (SNV)

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

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Congratulations to everyone who read and considered even one of the 64 qualities put forth in this 16th Annual Season for NonViolence (SNV).  Did you become more aware of your own traits and feelings?  Did you find yourself doing anything differently?  Did you write in your journal, or start a new one?  Were you in any way inspired, as Ghandi suggested, to be the peace you want to see?  Did you notice the World changing?  Please send your thoughts; we would like your feedback.

In fact, the World made a number of changes over the last 64 days, including the continuation of the Arab Spring, the rise of China’s first President who began in poverty, and the approval by the UN General Assembly of the Arms Trade Treaty.  Did these things happen because of changing consciousness?

Your thoughts and prayers help.  Daily, ask yourself, “[H]ow can I be at peace?  And how can I be the change I want to see?”  And always hold the vision of a nonviolent World, with a thriving, sustainable peace.

Here now is AGNT’s thought and prayer for the closing of the Season for NonViolence:

CLOSING Apr. 4: Every day, I join others in this prayer for World Peace:

With each kind thought,

each choice for nonviolence,

we plant a seed that shall bloom

to bring forth rich fruit in its Season.

Together, friend, we till the soil and

plant the seeds that all creation may

sing for joy and dance in the

Garden of Peace.

May our prayers and practices

during this Season be but the beginning

of a new culture of peace, security and

joy that shall endure unto our

children’s children’s children.

Amen/And so it is.

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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 and consider those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

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Peaceful People: Day 64 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Celebration: UN Adopts Arms Treaty!

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

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Breaking news for World Peace!  Yesterday, April 2, 2013, on Day 63 of the Season for NonViolence, the United Nations General Assembly approved a landmark treaty regulating the international arms trade.  Only Syria, North Korea, and Iran voted against it.  The global arms trade does about $60 billion annually.  The UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon said, “This is a victory for the world’s people.  The Arms Trade Treaty will make it more difficult for deadly weapons to be diverted into the illicit market… It will be a powerful new tool in our efforts to prevent grave human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law.” The treaty will take effect after 50 countries ratify it.

People who cultivate peace are having an effect on the world.  So break out your celebratory beverages and toast to progress!  Now here is AGNT’s meditation for the last full day of the 16th annual Season for Nonviolence:

DAY 64 Apr. 3: The thought for today is CELEBRATION.  Margaret Mead said “[N]ever doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Nonviolence is building the courage to speak and act with respect, reverence and compassion for our own being.  Rejoice in the work that you have done.  CELEBRATE the journey that you have made with countless others who believe that every individual can move the world in the direction of peace with their nonviolent choice and action.

Today:  I CELEBRATE my knowledge and maturity, my choice of nonviolence, and the journey I have chosen.

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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 and consider those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

Peaceful People: Day 63 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Release

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

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If you have been following this series of articles, you’ve had 62 days already to consider the Season for NonViolence, or SNV, this year.  You’ve also been considering your personal role as a force for nonviolence.  You know by now that qualities within you, and the nature of your interactions with others, are the building blocks of nonviolence, locally and globally.  If you are new to this series, while today is the next-to-last day of the SNV for this year, you can still read the articles on the 64 qualities at your leisure.  [Until 2/19/13, my SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living. ]  And of course, you can consider today’s essential quality, RELEASE.

Today, we consider AGNT’s theme of RELEASE.  Do you ever feel distracted from your work or your favorite sport by repeated thoughts of certain aggravations?  Do you ever find you’re feeling pent up, or others “set you off” easily?  Those thoughts and feelings are the ones to consider releasing.  When we remain attached to aggravations, we cannot be in peace.  We must RELEASE frustrations, pain, anger, and fear, to be able to be clear minded and peaceful.  Peace within you leads to peaceful interactions with others, which can lead to peacefulness on a large scale, especially with many others practicing peacefulness.  Here now is AGNT’s meditation for Day 63:

DAY 63 Apr. 2: The thought for today is RELEASE.  A Sufi proverb says “when the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what is found.”  Release the weight of your past, the judgments of yourself and others, and be the change you wish to see.  Make room for what is here in this present moment, release the hurts and resentments and mistakes of the past and be present to the nonviolent presence you are right here right now.  In the presence of a man or woman in whom all hostility has been released, others cannot be hostile. In the presence of a man or woman in whom all fear has been released, no one can be afraid. This is the power of true nonviolence, as we can see in the life of Gandhi. Because he had released all hostility, he was a profound force for peace.

Today:  I reflect back on how far I have come during this 64 day journey.  I release the idea that World Peace is not possible by acknowledging that I really do make a difference.  Say out loud, “I DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”

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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 and consider those as time allows.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .

Peaceful People: Day 62 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Commitment

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

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Today, we are almost at the end of the 16th annual Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) Season for NonViolence.  For each of the 64 days since the anniversary of the passing of Mahatma Ghandi, we have been considering a quality or concept that will help each of us to move further into nonviolence.  We complete this year’s cycle on April 4th, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Today, if 1 billion people made a simple move further into nonviolence, can you imagine the shift for the Globe?  During this SNV, you have probably been thinking, “[S]o what’s my role?”  And “[H]ow could I, one person, make a difference toward World Peace?”

It’s time to get out your journal and ask your heart those very questions.  Then see what you write.  If you are just starting to read this article series, see the notes below to find the other articles, and any of them will give you simple ideas and easy steps to take.  Every little bit helps.  As you journal today, ask yourself what your COMMITMENT can be.  Start small, and make your COMMITMENT in your journal and your heart.  Begin to practice your new COMMITMENT.  You can always get out your journal, consult your heart, and step up to more.

Consider now AGNT’s meditation for Day 62:

DAY 62 Apr. 1: The thought for today is COMMITMENT.   Until one is committed there is hesitancy, a chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment that one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it!
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Begin it now!”

Goethe

And so it is with nonviolence.  We set forth a COMMITMENT to nonviolence with an intention that we can act upon today.  By doing so, we are presented with situations and circumstances that will allow us to model our COMMITMENT, to bring nonviolence to a situation.

Today:    I will identify what I am willing to do as a consequence of my COMMITMENT to nonviolence.    I will clarify and affirm my personal COMMITMENT to nonviolence by sharing it with at least two people.

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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 61 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Peace [Within]

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

Peace Within, nonviolence, SNV,AGNT, peaceToday, we are invited to consider the quality of personal PEACE.  We need to nurture our PEACE within, in place of humoring negative thoughts or nurturing agitation.  Have you ever noticed that you react differently to the same events, depending on whether you are very relaxed and feel loved, versus when you are tense and under pressure?  If the dog chews up a favorite shoe of yours, under one set of conditions, you may laugh and find that cute.  If you are loaded with tension, fear, or anger, the dog chewing up a favorite shoe may “cause you to blow up”.  If you blow up, was it really the dog’s actions that caused you to react that way?  No.  It was about you.  So today, you can be a peacemaker by getting in touch with your PEACE within.  Then your PEACE will multiply outward and help create World PEACE.  This is why I wrote the book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr ).

Here, then, is AGNT’s meditation for Day 61 of the SNV:

DAY 61 Mar. 31: The thought for today is PEACE.  “Practice watering seeds of joy and peace and not just seeds of anger and violence, and the elements of war in all of us will be transformed,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.   You water seeds of anger and violence by deciding to stay angry and act violently.  You water seeds of joy and peace by deciding to be peaceful, no matter what is happening to you.  PEACE  does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart, and then respond in a nonviolent way.

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”   –Elie Wiesel

Today:  I choose to meet each experience with an intention for peace.  I will be aware of any feelings of anger or irritation and replace the feeling with calm.  I envision any areas of unrest transformed into safe havens for all people.  I see beyond conflict and discord to the truth: peace is everywhere present and active.

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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 .