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Peaceful People:  Day 58 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Citizenship

© 2014  Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.            AGNT, SNV, Peace Within, nonviolence, peaceIs World Peace possible?  One year ago, US President Barack Obama gave a speech in Israel, in which he said “Peace is necessary… Peace is possible.”  If you would like the possibility to become the reality, today consider the quality of  CITIZENSHIP.  Participation in the life and thinking of your community can shift events more than you might think.  The qualities your participation expresses can cause others to shift their own behavior, because they admire and begin to model your nonviolent qualities.  Also, you may be moved to invite others to join you in participation, such as an email campaign or a committee. Get out your journal or iPad and make a list of your positive qualities.  How do you express nonviolence already, and how do you feel led to further activities in CITIZENSHIP?  Take 5 minutes to journal about these.  You can always add more later.  Have you noticed others admiring or copying you?  Here is AGNT’s contemplation for Day 58 of the SNV: DAY 58 Mar. 28: The thought for today is CITIZENSHIP.  Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations urges, “Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams.” Make a difference in your community by becoming involved.

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To be a citizen means to help your community be the best it can be.  You are a member of many communities:  your family, your place of work or school, your place of worship, your city, your country, and the planet.  Participation in your community presents an opportunity to model nonviolent action, peaceful resolution, and how each of us can and do make a difference. Today:  I will call or write one of my legislators and register my views.  I will tell at least three people of my efforts and ask them to do the same. ——————————————– ● 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. ● Liked this article?  Why not buy Kebba’s books?  Just click the links!

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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 44 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Cooperation

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Welcome to the 44th Day of AGNT’s Season for NonViolence (SNV).  The SNV goes through early April.  One trait or quality is considered each day, that leads us to BE the peace we want to see.  Today, we consider COOPERATION.

In many organizations, it is an ongoing joke that if you want an initiative for change to go away, you give it to a committee. When a topic is given to a committee, COOPERATION is necessary for any meaningful result to happen.  No, I did not mention Congress.  COOPERATION works when there is goodwill, and especially if the stakeholders share goals and values.

Recently, I had a joyful local example of successful COOPERATION.  As a longtime Board member of my HOA, I have been doing my best to build mutual acquaintance and goodwill within the community.  One sunny day, I was delighted to find a handsome table and chairs by a dumpster, free for anyone to take.  If no one adopted the set, the HOA would have to pay a vendor to cart the furniture away.  But here was the opportunity for a double dividend:  we needed more furniture for the Clubhouse, and if we adopted the furniture, we would not have to pay to have it hauled away.  I rang a neighbor for help, and he was delighted to take a few minutes to help get the furniture 100 yards into the Clubhouse.  That neighbor also called a neighbor, and on the way to the dumpster, they picked up another neighbor to help.  So each person took one piece of furniture, and in 10 minutes, the Clubhouse had free new furniture.  Yes, some scratches need to be repaired.  But we enjoyed that small expedition and shared a bit of fellowship; my neighbors felt included, as they were.  I bought a few new throw pillows for the Clubhouse, and everyone is pleased at how cheery the formerly sterile room has become.  It got that way through COOPERATION.

Here, then, is AGNT’s contemplation for Day 44 of the Season for NonViolence (SNV):

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DAY 44 Mar. 14: The thought for today is COOPERATION.  When we work together, we are stronger than when we work alone.   When we find ways that we can cooperate more effectively with the people in our family or workplace, school or community, we are tearing down walls of separation; we are contributing to a nonviolent culture.

Today:  Find a very heavy object.  Try to pick it up by yourself.  Now ask 3 or 4 other people to assist.  How did working together with other people help make this task easier for you?

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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 9 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Dreaming

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Slow down for a minute or two.  Come to a stop if you can.  Now take 2 minutes and imagine how you would like the world to be.  If you could wave your magic wand and change some things, what would you change?  How would people treat each other?  How would countries interact with each other? Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech in which he talked about having a dream (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/martin-luther-kings-speech-dream-full-text/story?id=14358231).  Among other things, he said he had a dream “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ “

So be as abstract, concrete, general, or specific as you like, as you journal to yourself about your dreams, for this country and for the Planet.  Having a dream will change you.  Having a dream may change your choices and actions.  Moving toward a peaceful world:  are you in?

Here is the AGNT meditation for Day 9 of the Season for NonViolence (SNV):

DAY 9 Feb. 7: The thought for today is DREAMING.  Martin Luther King, Jr., had a great dream.  Follow your dream; follow your heart; follow your inner light.

 

We need men (and women) who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not. –George Bernard Shaw

 

There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and ask ‘Why not?’–Robert F Kennedy

 

Today:  I take ownership of my own dream for peace and nonviolence.  I will write down and act on at least one thing to honor my dream today.

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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 7 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Education

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Today is Day 7 of the annual Season for NonViolence (SNV).  For the 64 days of the SNV, we explore ways to grow nonviolence , often through developing ourselves and our inner peace.  Today’s theme is education.  A key way to grow nonviolence is for us to grow in our knowledge and therefore in our understanding.  We must all understand each other more, to create the sustainable peace we desire for the Planet.  We can all understand nonviolence more.  We can all put “nonviolence” in the search bar of our web browser and read one article of the many that pop up.  We can always grow.  Are you in?

DAY 7 Feb. 5: The thought for today is EDUCATION.  Knowledge strengthens your conviction and deepens your understanding and acceptance.  Martin Luther King, Jr. said,

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” 

The complete education teaches how to live by the principles which benefit us and the people around us.

Learn about the power of nonviolence by educating yourself.  Read an article, periodical or book; watch a video on a subject that relates to nonviolence.  Learn about human rights, diversity, ecology, history, politics, forgiveness, spirituality, peace studies, biographies of heroes and more.

 

Today:  I consciously expand my knowledge about nonviolence.  I will share what I have learned with at least three other people, and invite them to learn, too.

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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 One of Season for NonViolence (SNV)

© 2014 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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: What is the Season for NonViolence?

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2013 SNV bannerIf you dream of a peaceful world, you are in the right place.This is a new place to read good ideas about creating peace.  Do you crave a nonviolent world, but 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 a great program to consider.

The Season for NonViolence (SNV) was originated 15 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.

Each day during the SNV, I am posting the thought for the day from AGNT.  I am also expanding on the meanings of the Season.  Posts for the January 30-to-February 18 period are at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com.  However, an expanded vision of peace ministry has enfolded the need for this new place, for news and views on ways to understand the development of peace and of nonviolence.

Here is AGNT’s theme for Day 21 of SNV:

Day 21 Feb. 19: The thought for today is INSPIRATION.  There are many people who inspire us. Take a moment to reflect upon who inspires you and what characteristics you most admire in them.  See the potential that is also within you and choose to cultivate these characteristics in your daily life.

“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere.  Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life BE Revelation.”  –Eileen Caddy

Today:  As I think of at least two people who exemplify the practice of nonviolence, I’ll acknowledge what it is I admire about them, what inspires me about them.  I’ll practice these behaviors today so that other people may be inspired and I’ll share this insight with at least three other people.

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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.

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