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Welcome to Day 36 of the Season for NonViolence. During this SNV, you’ve already studied, considered, and taken into your heart several dozen traits that help us each BE the peace we want to see. Perhaps you have taken some new actions as a result of considering these traits.
Today we consider MINDFULNESS. This is the opposite of distraction. Staying in the present moment is mindfulness. Being fully aware of your current moment and surroundings is mindfulness. Choosing to be fully present to each person you see or interact with—yes, mindfulness. Our lives change for the richer, when we become more oriented to mindful living. And the most difficult thing about mindfulness is learning to spell it with only one “l”. Mindfulness is developed simply by practice, making it a stronger and stronger habit.
“Inner peace is a State of Grace: a baby having just been fed, diaper changed, resting on their mother’s chest and surrounded by that familiar heartbeat. Inner peace is right here, right now, just a decision away. Mindfulness: we always have the capacity to experience joy and peace in every moment if that is what we choose to see.”
̶ Rev. Marvin Brown
Here is AGNT’s contemplation for this day:
DAY 36 Mar. 6: The thought for today is MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness is thinking about what you’re doing and knowing why you’re doing it. If we just act in each moment with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art. Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words and the needs and experiences of other people. By doing so, you are making life more beautiful and you are more likely to make nonviolent choices.
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
̶ Thich Nhat Hanh
Today: Choose something simple to do, such as eating a piece of fruit. Bringing my complete attention to it, I will not allow myself to talk to anyone or think of anything else except what I’m doing. Notice what my hands do, the way the food feels in my mouth, the taste, the texture, the idea of nourishing my body. Is this different from the way I normally eat? I will practice being mindful in everything I do today.
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