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Peaceful People: Day 49 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Honor

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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 17 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Integrity

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I think of INTEGRITY as a character of consistency, based on values.  So we act consistently, in accordance with what we believe to be true and right.  You might say, “we stand up for what we stand for.”

One Spring day, I was changing busses at a downtown Metro terminal, and I saw a youth harassing another youth who was a foot shorter.  Before I knew it, I was standing right by them, looking up at the taller one, telling the taller one that whatever his issue was, it was enough now; that he was too big to be handling it this way.  The smaller youth was crying and had goo running down his face.  I turned to the nearest bus, which had open windows, and asked if anyone had a couple of tissues.  Two women immediately handed me tissues through the bus window.  At this point, the taller youth evaporated.  I helped the shorter one wipe his face.  I asked him if he was okay, and shuddering, he said “yes.”  I asked him if he knew which bus he needed to take, and he said yes and gave the bus number.  I stayed with him for a few minutes until I was sure he was good to get on that bus, telling him I would stay until it came.  I would have taken that bus with him if I thought he had needed more help.

To understand the astonishment of myself, the crowd and the two youths, you need to know I am blonde and blue, and I was an extremely thin wisp, dressed in a skirted suit and high heels.  It was 1983.  The youths were both Black.  But my being sprang into action before my conscious decision-making brain had considered the right thing to do.  If you want a nonviolent world, let your integrity bubble out of you into action.  Let it surprise you as it astonished many of us that day.  Thirty years later, I wonder how the events at that bus station have affected those two youths, and what they may have said about that crazy white woman who unequivocally told them, “that’s enough now.”  Who knows?  Lives may have changed.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for SNV Day 17:

 

DAY 17 Feb. 15:  The thought for today is INTEGRITY.  “Do the Right Thing!”  Spike Lee used these words as a title for one of his movies.  When faced with a choice, listen to your conscience, and be willing to act accordingly, no matter what others may say.   You know what is right to do; you can choose to do it.

Integrity asks for firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values and denies any form of corruption.  Integrity is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  And when I am in harmony, I am a model of nonviolence.

 

Today:  When faced with a choice today, I listen to my conscience.  I’ll recall then write a short story about a time when I listened to my heart when the people around me were doing something else.

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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.

Kebba Buckley Button

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Photo by Candace Thornton
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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 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.

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Peaceful People: What is the Season for NonViolence?

© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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.

● Your comments are welcome!

● Reach the writer at kebba@kebba.com .