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Peaceful People: Day 52 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Equality

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Greetings, Peaceful People!  We are now on the 52d day of the Season for NonViolence.  Each day, we contemplate a quality that helps us to BE the peace we want to see.  Today, we contemplate equality.  And because we are so far into the SNV, let’s review the historical brackets for this annual tradition.

Each year, for the last 16 years, The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) has celebrated the Season for NonViolence (SNV).  In this 17th year, the SNV runs for 64 days again, from January 30th, the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death, to April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The SNV was created as a grassroots education and demonstration program committed to showing and growing nonviolence as a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.  For this year, the Dalai Lama has also lent his name and stature to the campaign.

Here is AGNT’s contemplation for this day:

DAY 52 Mar. 22: The thought for today is EQUALITY.  Have you ever noticed the groups of people who are under-represented in your activities and lifestyle?  The Constitution of the United States says that all people are equal, and all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Do you think everyone in our community is treated equally?  If not, what can you do to change this?

“Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.”

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

When you recognize as your equals those with whom you disagree, true opportunities for dialogue emerge – opportunities that are denied when you think of yourself as better than, or less than, others.   Martin Buber wrote about the “I-Thou” connection, the ultimate equality, and the place from which nonviolence originates.

Today:  I will be mindful of ways that I see myself as better than others.  When I listen to people today, I will listen to them as equals; when I speak, I will speak to others as equals.  I will enrich my life by considering how I can invite different people and unusual experiences into my life today.

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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 46 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Compassion

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AGNT’s Season for NonViolence (SNV) is very much about establishing a different consciousness, first within individuals, then in communities, and ultimately throughout the global community.  Today, we consider COMPASSION.  How compassionate do you feel you are?  When you have felt down or discouraged, have others been compassionate with you?  How did they express COMPASSION?

I had an exquisite experience of compassion one day, when I was in grad school.  I was very ill but had to go to a nearby grocery store.  Waiting for the cashier, I felt so weak that I was concerned I would fall, and I actually sat down on the concrete floor to gather myself.  I closed my eyes and prayed for strength.  I felt a tiny hand pat my shoulder.  I opened my eyes to see a 1-year old child standing there, looking concerned.  Her COMPASSION made my day.  Her caring uplifted me.  I said, “Thank you!  And don’t worry about me. I’m just sick.  I’ll be well soon.  Thank you!”  She looked relieved.  Her wordless kindness meant so much to me.

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Perhaps you have been compassionate with others, in ways you didn’t even think about at the time, but which meant much to someone who was discouraged.

Here, now, is AGNT’s meditation for Day 46:

DAY 46 Mar. 16: The thought for today is COMPASSION.  Mother Teresa implored us to “find someone who thinks he is alone and let him know that he is not.” 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  

The 14th Dalai Lama

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

Compassion is about both relieving suffering and about celebration (which also relieves suffering by putting it in a context of gratitude).  With compassion comes a greatness of heart. Compassion arises when we allow our heart to be touched by the pain and needs of others.

Today:  I will engage compassion to lead my actions, my words and my life.

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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 39 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Dialogue

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On this 39th day of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), we consider the quality of DIALOGUE.  Whenever and wherever there is conflict, each side generally expresses what they think, feel, and want.  However, for anything meaningful to come out of that expression, the other side needs to be listening and responding.  Also, if each side goes in prepared to possibly relax their position a little, the chances of resolution are greater.

“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”
–Jeff Daly

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”
— The Dalai Lama

Here is the AGNT contemplation for this day:

DAY 39 Mar. 9: The thought for today is DIALOGUE.  Marianne Williamson describes a healthy society as one in which “those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people’s opinions, and an appreciation for our shared humanity.”

We might not always agree with other people, but when we really listen to what they have to say we are having a dialogue.  We never argue in a dialogue.  We say what we think and then we listen to the other person so we can understand what they think and learn from them.

When we engage in dialogue, we seek not to prove we are right, or that the other person is wrong, but to state clearly – from a place of ahimsa and truth force – what we believe to be true.  We listen deeply so as to be able to understand the perspectives of those who do not appear to share our understanding.

 Today:  I will speak my truth quietly and clearly, and not enter into the spirit of argument.  I will listen with an open heart, with compassion, to the truth as perceived by others.

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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 34 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Love

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It has been said that “love is the answer, whatever the question”.  Add love to solve stress, tensions, and conflicts.  Today, on the 34th day of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), the trait we focus on is LOVE.  Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, was comparing the finest traits a person can have.  He summarized:

“And now abide faith,

hope, love, these three; 

but the greatest of these is love.”

–1 Cor 13:13 (NKJV)

Here is AGNT’s contemplation for this day:

DAY 34 Mar. 4: The thought for today is LOVE.  Gandhi wrote,

“Nonviolence is based on the assumption that human nature … unfailingly responds to the advances of love.”

All the great texts encourage us to “love your enemy.”  The ancients understood that this is where the creative energy comes from.  An enemy does not have to be life-threatening or violent; an enemy can just be a thought that gets us to look at something in a different way.   Consider the power of befriending someone you previously thought was an “enemy”.  In a conflict, rather than putting your energy toward winning, see what channeling that energy toward a loving, nonviolent solution can accomplish.

Today:  I will focus on what I can find to love in the person I like the least. As I meet people during the day, I will reflect on how love can enhance the relationship.

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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 One of Season for NonViolence (SNV)

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peace, nonviolence, SNV, Gandhi, King, Gyatso, Dalai LamaDo you dream of a peaceful world?  But do you think there is nothing you can contribute to that vision?  Then here is great news for you.  There are actually simple ways you can contribute your thoughts, your prayers, and even your actions toward the creation of that peaceful world.  Here is one great program to consider.

The Season for NonViolence (SNV) was originated 16 years ago by the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT).  The SNV runs for 64 days each year, from January 30th, the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death, to April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The SNV was created as a grassroots education and demonstration program committed to showing and growing  nonviolence as a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.  For this year, the 17th year, the Dalai Lama has also lent his name and stature to the campaign.

Each day during the SNV, I will be posting the thought for the day from AGNT.  I will also be expanding on the meanings of the Season.  Here is AGNT’s Day 1 meditation:

DAY 1 Jan. 30: The thought for today is COURAGE.

“I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

-Anne Frank

When you discover that everyone is contained in you and you are contained in everyone, you have realized the unity of life, which is the divine ground of existence.  Then you are not just a person; you have become a beneficial force. Wherever you go, wherever you live, those around you will benefit from your life.  Even one unassuming man or woman in a community has the courage to lead a nonviolent life, she will make her contribution, and she will slowly inspire others to make the same contribution, because human nature responds to such an example.

When we can say, “Whatever comes, we will not be afraid because the divine Self is within us,” then this resoluteness and faith will enable us to work free from tension, agitation, and fear of defeat. The person who works in this way is at peace, because he or she is not anxious about results.
Today:  I will light a candle to symbolize my commitment to accept the courage to practice 64 Ways of living nonviolently.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition).   Keep this book 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 49 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Honor

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

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In case you are just joining us in this series of articles, you’ll want to know the context.  We are now in the Season for NonViolence, the 16th year.  The Season was created by the Association for Global New Thought, or AGNT.  This Season, or SNV, runs each year, from the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Ghandi, thus honoring two of the most prominent developers/promoters of nonviolent methods in the history of humankind.  This makes the SNV 64 days long, from January 30th to April 4th.  During the SNV, AGNT invites us to consider 64 qualities that contribute to nonviolent solutions and can ultimately lead us to a sustainable World Peace.

Today, we consider the quality of HONOR.  When you are around certain people you admire, do you feel HONORED to be with them?  Do they “shine like the Himilayas”? Do you HONOR them?  Are there others you treat with HONOR?  In your journal, jot down some thoughts that come to mind when you consider who inspires HONOR in you, and who(m) you would like to honor.  In what ways could you honor them?

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 49:

DAY 49 Mar. 19: The thought for today is HONOR.

“Those who are good and pure in conduct are honored wherever they go. The good shine like the Himalayas, whose peaks glisten above the rest of the world even when seen from a distance. “

 -The Buddha

People who are as described by Buddha, who work for the welfare of others, will be very deeply loved, respected and honored wherever they go. It is a simple law of human nature that we love the highest, that we emulate such people, and we want to lead the kind of life they lead. This is the saving grace of human nature: when we see someone who is patient, kind, forgiving, and forbearing, we recognize their nonviolent ways, because we too, have those qualities.  As we honor them, we honor ourselves.

Today:  A simple way to raise my awareness of honoring others is to do so at mealtime.  Before each meal today, I will stop to think about all the people involved with the food I eat and I will silently say to them, “I honor you.”   Likewise, I will bless and honor the earth for its abundance.

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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 46 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Compassion

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

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AGNT’s Season for NonViolence (SNV) is very much about establishing a different consciousness, first within individuals, then in communities, and ultimately throughout the global community.  Today, we consider COMPASSION.  How compassionate do you feel you are?  When you have felt down or discouraged, have others been compassionate with you?  How did they express COMPASSION?

I had an exquisite experience of compassion one day, when I was in grad school.  I was very ill but had to go to a nearby grocery store.  Waiting for the cashier, I felt so weak that I was concerned I would fall, and I actually sat down on the concrete floor to gather myself.  I closed my eyes and prayed for strength.  Then I felt a tiny hand pat my shoulder.  I opened my eyes to see a 1-year old child standing there, looking concerned.  Her COMPASSION made my day.  I said, “Thank you!  And don’t worry about me. I’m just sick.  I’ll be well soon.  Thank you!”  She looked relieved.  Her wordless kindness meant so much to me.

Perhaps you have been compassionate with others, in ways you didn’t even think about at the time, but which meant much to someone who was discouraged.  Here, then, is AGNT’s meditation for Day 46:

DAY 46 Mar. 16: The thought for today is COMPASSION.  Mother Teresa implored us to “find someone who thinks he is alone and let him know that he is not.”

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

 –The 14th Dalai Lama

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

-Albert Einstein

Compassion is about both relieving suffering and about celebration (which also relieves suffering by putting it in a context of gratitude).  With compassion comes a greatness of heart. Compassion arises when we allow our heart to be touched by the pain and needs of others.

Today:  I will engage compassion to lead my actions, my words and my life.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is 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 .