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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 (http://PeacefulPeople.wordpress.com ).  And of course, you can consider today’s essential quality, RELEASE.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”
–Lao Tzu

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.  Non-attachment, or 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 contemplation 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 the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition) (http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc).   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 stress management expert and has a holistic healing practice.

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