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Peaceful People:  Day 56 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Self-Sufficiency

© 2014 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

AGNT. SNV, nonviolence, Peace Within, peace, self-sufficiencyThe best World Peace is a sustainable peace.  Economies have to be working in healthy ways, for a sustainable peace, within and among countries.  Often, creating micromarkets for baked goods, for weaving, or for clothing, allows women, even in closed and impoverished societies, to begin generating incomes that change communities.  Micromarkets generate hope as well as SELF-SUFFICIENCY. Sometimes, a village water well is what shifts a community into SELF-SUFFICIENCY, as in India.  Sometimes sand-box water filters make the difference in permitting SELF-SUFFICIENCY, as in the riverside fishing communities in Brazil. When communities change, provinces change, countries can change, and the face of the World can change.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 56:

 DAY 56 Mar. 26: The thought for today is SELF-SUFFICIENCY.  People need the dignity of work and the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.  Economic SELF-SUFFICIENCY is a requirement for a nonviolent world.

 

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.”

Mahatma  Gandhi

For Gandhi, economic SELF-SUFFICIENCY – symbolized by the spinning wheel – was a vital element of independence from colonial rule and from oppressive economic conditions.

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Today:  I will discover the satisfaction of making something for myself instead of buying something – and from spending time in self-sufficient quiet reflection or meditation.   If I know someone who is looking for employment, I will offer to assist them with a resumé, an application, making phone calls, or practicing interviewing.

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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 49 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Honor

© 2014 Kebba Buckley Button.  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 17th 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 Gandhi, 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 Himalayas”? 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?AGNT, SNV, honor, Peace Within

Here is AGNT’s contemplation 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 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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