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Peaceful People: Day 48 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Ecology

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So how can we express nonviolence toward the Planet as a physical place?  Today we are invited to consider ECOLOGY, the study of the interaction of biosystems on this Planet.  More broadly, ECOLOGY refers to minding the environmental balance, within us and around us.  Managing our resources wisely has benefits within our household health and budget, and managing global resources wisely has benefits in the global community.

Our Planet will be healthiest with low use of natural resources and high efficiency in the use and recycling of all resources.  Are you already using the least and recycling the most?  Then you’ll love AGNT’s meditation for Day 48:

DAY 48 Mar. 18: The thought for today is ECOLOGY.  Gandhi said,

To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

Individuals like you and me who make the final decisions about what is bought and sold in the stores, how much carbon dioxide is pumped into the atmosphere, and what is dumped into the sea. Each of us can begin to heal the environment right away by changing our daily habits.

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And what about our internal environment, which is as real as the one we see around us?  This internal environment has a powerful effect on the external environment: the way we think affects the way we treat the earth. When we purify this inner environment, we are not only making ourselves more secure and fulfilled, but we are also making an important contribution to the health of Mother Earth.  Nonviolence extends from ourselves, not just to our brothers and sisters, but to the earth as well.

Today:  I will practice recycling by using at least one recycled product and by recycling a product.   I will reduce, reuse and recycle the products I use.

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Peaceful People: Day 11 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Contemplation

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The 64 days of the Season for NonViolence, or SNV, are a time each year for us to develop our inner skills, so we can “be the peace we want to see”.  The 64 days span the time between the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Both men were deeply committed to the fact that we can choose our thoughts, and the fact that what we choose is all-important. Whatever we deliberately hold in our minds, whatever we fill our consciousness with, determines how we feel and what we experience. Our thought choices then affect everyone we interact with.  The Apostle Paul urged us:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8

DAY 11 Feb. 9: The thought for today is CONTEMPLATION.  For at least three minutes, relax, breathe, and let your mind be fed by whatsoever is good and beautiful. Many sacred texts tell us some variation of ‘your thoughts shape your reality’.

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”  –Aristotle

Today:  I take a moment to relax, breathe and let my mind be fed by what is good and beautiful.  As I think, so I am!  I will write down my thoughts and share them with others.

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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.

● Liked this blog?  Why not buy Kebba’s books?  Just click the links!

● Enjoyed this post?  Please click “like” in the FB widget in the right hand column!  You’ll have our undying gratitude plus a huge rise in your Good Karma.

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Peaceful People: Nelson Mandela’s Gifts

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On December 5th, the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, announced that “we have lost our greatest son”.  Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Prize-winning transformative peacemaker, had died in peace and grace, as he had sought to live for decades. Mandela fought apartheid and won.  He fought poverty and made progress.  He fought hatred with forgiveness and changed the world.

Born in 1918 in a tiny, roadless village, Mandela rose to become an urban attorney who worked for social justice.  With South Africa ruled by a White minority that denied rights to Blacks, Mandela became active in the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943. The ANC developed a military wing that utilized bombing to draw attention to their cause, and by 1961, Mandela was its leader.   In 1964, he went to prison under a life sentence, his public status “terrorist” for the acts of government sabotage.

In prison, he was inspired by the philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi, and he leveraged his imprisonment to get demonstrable anti-apartheid support from groups worldwide.  Unrest continued, until, in 1990, South African President F.W. De Klerk returned legitimacy to the ANC and freed Mandela.  Mandela became  President of South Africa in 1994.  De Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize, for their successful partnering to bring about a massive sociopolitical transition, through great political courage and integrity.

Mandela has written that when he left prison, he knew he would not be truly free, if he did not leave his anger behind.  He said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”  At his inauguration, in a demonstration of radical forgivenenss, a group of his jailers were seated in the front row.

Nelson Mandela gave the world many gifts.  Each quote, each principle he put forth, could become a book.  His own life demonstrated the experiment of violent and nonviolent methods for bringing about change, and a final shift into partnering with the former enemy to nonviolently bring about the greatest change.  Late in life, Mandela said, “[W]hen a man has done what he considers to be his duty to God and his country, he can rest in peace.”

May this great peacemaker himself rest in deepest peace.

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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 is a celebrated public speaker and corporate stress management trainer.  She also has a natural healing and stress management practice.

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: 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 .

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

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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

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

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

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The 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.

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 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 .