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Peaceful People: Day 29 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Forgiveness

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Rev. Kebba Buckley Button and Fr. William Meninger

Today, in the middle of the SNV, we consider the quality and action of forgiveness.  Whole books are available on this dynamic subject, because forgiveness is really a process, and for most of us, there is always more forgiveness work.  One of the leading teachers in forgiveness work is Fr. William Meninger, a Trappist monk, scholar, and author. Fr. William sees the process in 5 stages:  Claiming the hurt, guilt /self-blame, victimhood, anger, and wholeness.  Fr. William points out, in his book, The Process of Forgiveness, that Christians are commanded to forgive.  For example, in Romans 12, where Paul instructs us to “bless those who persecute you” and as far as possible, to “live at peace with everyone”.  In Matthew 5, Jesus advises us to make peace with anyone with whom we are unreconciled, before we present our gifts to the Lord.  That is how basic it is to do our best to forgive, and to live in harmony with all.

When you walk into a room, who else are you bringing with you, who doesn’t even know they are with you?  When you hold hurts from the past, you are literally carrying the “hurters” with you wherever you go.  Forgive them, forgive the events, and you will stop carrying the weight of all those people on your shoulders.  And in your heart.  Forgiveness will take you to your peace within.

Here is the AGNT contemplation for Day 29: 

DAY 29 Feb. 27: The thought for today is FORGIVENESS.  When we forgive, we do not condone hurtful behavior.  When we realize that there is something within us that is more important than this hurtful experience, we are free to let go of the past and move on with our lives.  In doing so, we open our hearts to the humanity of those we forgive.

As we forgive others, we are teaching the mind to respond with forgiveness everywhere, even to the misdeeds and mistakes of our own past.  And if I have treated a particular person badly, even if I can no longer win that person’s forgiveness, I can still win the forgiveness of myself.

“The result of forgiveness is the stopping of the recycling of anger within ourselves and in the world. Peace will come to the world when each of us takes the responsibility of forgiving everyone, including ourselves, completely.” 

Gerald Jampolsky

Today:  I am willing to let go of the past, and forgive those who have hurt me, and towards whom I feel anger. I will forgive myself too.  Today, I will write a letter of forgiveness to someone (I do not have to mail it).

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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Peaceful People: Day 28 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Listening

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We are now on the 28th day of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), a program created by the Association for Global New Thought, or AGNT.  The program is now in its 17th year.  If the program were called “Season for Peacemaking”, more people might imagine we are inviting them to make signs and meet a group in the Capitol area, then demonstrate or march.  Far from that concept, most peacemaking involves “being the peace you want to see”, a concept introduced by Mahatma Gandhi.  So how do we BE the peace we want to see?  We do the inner work, creating peace within.  Then we can only vibrate peace, breathe peace, relate with peace, listen with peace, respond from peace.

Here is AGNT’s contemplation for today:

DAY 28 Feb. 26: The thought for today is LISTENING.  Can you stop what you are doing and thinking, and take time to truly listen to the feelings behind someone’s words to you?  Being fully present for the conversation and interested in what that person is saying is a practice of nonviolence.

A component of Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” involves listening with compassion.  The listener attends fully to the speaker’s words, while sensing the feelings and needs beneath the words.  The listener is simply fully present, not trying to “figure out” what the speaker is needing, nor trying to “get it right.”  If I can listen to you with compassion, it is usually only a short time before you listen with compassion to me.

Today:  I will be fully present to each conversation I engage in, and listen longer than usual – and with more patience – to what others are saying.  I will give the other person my full attention, because nothing else really matters.  I will look directly at the person who is speaking, without thinking about other things.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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Peaceful People: Day 27 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Generosity

Peaceful People: Day 27 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Generosity.  Being generous–with your heart, time, talent, or treasures– is peacemaking!  Are you in?

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Peaceful People: Day 27 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Generosity

© 2014  Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) is celebrating Day 27 of Season for NonViolence (SNV).  Today, our theme is generosity.  Many people see the word “generosity” and think, “[O]h no!  They’re asking me to give money again, and my budget can’t be stretched any further!”  But you can have a generous heart, and be generous with your kindness in every thought and action.  Think of it this way:  you have time, talent, and treasure, with which to be generous.  You can serve on committees, give people rides to vote or attend church, provide some free computer debugging to an older neighbor, or collect clothing donations at that monthly meeting.  Can’t lift much weight?  Collect plastic bags and egg cartons for your food bank.  Train your friends to bring them to you at church or at meetings.  Drive the bags and cartons to your food bank, and they will use them to distribute the food.  There are many ways to be generous.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 27:

DAY 27 Feb. 25: The thought for today is GENEROSITY.  Mother Teresa said, “There is a hidden poverty more pervasive than lack of money.  It is the poverty of the heart.”    Look at ways you can contribute to your family, friends and community through your generosity.   You will see how your generous gift comes back to you.

The more generous you are today, the more generosity you will have tomorrow. The more love you give, the more loving you become.  The more generous you become, the less need to defend what you have, the greater your capacity for nonviolence.

Today:  I will find three ways to give generously of my time, talent and resources to others.  I will create a ‘Gift Certificate’ for someone.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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Peaceful People: Day 22 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Mission

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Today, we’re on Day 22 of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) Season for NonViolence (SNV).  Today, we ask ourselves, “[W]hat do I stand for?  What is my mission?”  If you have a personal journal, consider writing to yourself today about your mission, that focus that is most important in your life.  If you haven’t thought about this much before, start with this question:  “[W]hat matters?”  Write about the topics that are most important to you.  What issues have been up for you?  What aspects of life trouble your heart?  Today we invite ourselves to notice what seems most important and to point more of our activities there.  While you are writing, ask yourself what you have been spending time on, and notice if some of these activities now fail to appeal, as you think about focusing on a mission.

DAY 22 Feb. 20: The thought for today is MISSION.  “My life is my message” said Gandhi.   Gandhi’s mission was to be nonviolent.  What do you want to stand for in your life?  Do you know your life’s mission?

Today:  I will write down what I stand for in my life.  I will note at least one way I can show, through action, that I stand for my beliefs.  I will develop a personal mission statement and draw a picture of myself living my mission.   I will share my mission with at least three other people.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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Peaceful People: Day 21 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Inspiration

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Today, the 21st day of the Season for NonViolence, we consider inspiration.  When you see or hear an idea that lifts your heart and moves you to take an action quickly, even passionately, that is inspiration. What inspires you?  Do you have heroes?  What about them inspires you?  Are there famous people who have a trait you try to build up in yourself?

Have you seen a photo or video lately, perhaps sent by a friend, that made you laugh and think, “I need to…?”   Did someone say something at a meeting that really moved you, and you just “had to write it down?”  Have you been to a nursery or plant sale and seen a plant that really “spoke” to you, so you just had to take it home and create a space for it?

A few years ago, my husband and I went to a big home and hardware store, and my eyes were drawn to a group of potted pine trees.  They were on sale, having not been purchased as live Christmas trees, and it was now after New Year’s.  The trees were about my height, minus the height of their large pots.  Something moved in me so strongly that I asked my husband if he would mind if we bought that tree and took it home.  I was struck by inspiration and let that wisdom flow through me.  Totally entranced by the perfect pine tree, I chose a place for it in my undeveloped yard.  I then continued developing the areas, walls, décor, and plantings, until I had a beautiful Feng Shui Garden.  The garden is now lush and dynamic, a place of joy, inspiration, and energizing.  I meditate there often.  I practice my photography there, and my garden photo collection is burgeoning.  And the little tree is now about 25 feet tall.  Where can inspiration take you?

Day 21 Feb. 19: The thought for today is INSPIRATION.  There are many people who inspire us. Take a moment to reflect upon who inspires you and what characteristics you most admire in them.  See the potential that is also within you and choose to cultivate these characteristics in your daily life.

“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere.  Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life BE Revelation.”  –Eileen Caddy

 Today:  As I think of at least two people who exemplify the practice of nonviolence, I’ll acknowledge what it is I admire about them, what inspires me about them.  I’ll practice these behaviors today so that other people may be inspired and I’ll share this insight with at least three other people.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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Peaceful People: Day 20 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Self-Forgiveness

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Today, we’re on Day 20 of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) Season for NonViolence (SNV).  If you’re aching for more peace in the world, you may be surprised that most of this work begins within each individual.  Within the SNV program of 64 days, we are often invited to rise to a gentler, more compassionate level within ourselves. This is one of those days, with the quality for today being self-forgiveness.   Often, there are resentments we hold toward ourselves, for our perceived failings or imperfection.  Our guilt toward ourselves for things we “should have handled better” in the past can be completely crippling, emotionally.  Such an internal guilt burden can even contribute to conditions such as weight gain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  If your internal conversation is ever harsh, be honest with yourself, and forgive you.  It’s the greatest gift you can gift yourself.  Remember, we need to BE the peace we want to see.  And BEing the peace feels good.

Try the AGNT meditation for today, below, and see if you don’t feel the world soften a bit.  Try the exercise.  Spend 20 minutes considering and writing.  And please consider sending us comments on your results.  Here is AGNT’s Day 20 meditation:

DAY 20 Feb. 18: The thought for today is SELF-FORGIVENESS.  When I judge myself, I tend to believe that who I am is what I have done or not done, what I have or do not have.  I know that who I am is greater than all these things.   I am greater than any mistake I have ever made.  When we get even the slightest glimpse of the unity of life, we realize that sitting in judgment of other people and countries and races, I’m training my mind to sit in judgment of myself.  As I forgive others, I am teaching the mind to respond with forgiveness everywhere, even to the misdeeds and mistakes of my own past.  Practicing self-forgiveness is a foundation for practicing nonviolence.

 Today:  I will write an apology letter to myself for anything I have done to myself that I wish I had not, or ways that I have disappointed myself and not fully lived up to my potential.  I’ll mail the letter to myself and when it arrives, I will read it in a quiet place.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   It’s a book to keep with you constantly, to quickly recharge your Peace Within, with quotes, photos, and poems that take you directly there!  Kebba is a corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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