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Peaceful People: Day 39 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Dialogue

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On this 39th day of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), we consider the quality of DIALOGUE.  Whenever and wherever there is conflict, each side generally expresses what they think, feel, and want.  However, for anything meaningful to come out of that expression, the other side needs to be listening and responding.  Also, if each side goes in prepared to possibly relax their position a little, the chances of resolution are greater.

“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”
–Jeff Daly

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”
— The Dalai Lama

Here is the AGNT contemplation for this day:

DAY 39 Mar. 9: The thought for today is DIALOGUE.  Marianne Williamson describes a healthy society as one in which “those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people’s opinions, and an appreciation for our shared humanity.”

We might not always agree with other people, but when we really listen to what they have to say we are having a dialogue.  We never argue in a dialogue.  We say what we think and then we listen to the other person so we can understand what they think and learn from them.

When we engage in dialogue, we seek not to prove we are right, or that the other person is wrong, but to state clearly – from a place of ahimsa and truth force – what we believe to be true.  We listen deeply so as to be able to understand the perspectives of those who do not appear to share our understanding.

 Today:  I will speak my truth quietly and clearly, and not enter into the spirit of argument.  I will listen with an open heart, with compassion, to the truth as perceived by others.

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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 36 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Mindfulness

© 2014  Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

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Welcome to Day 36 of the Season for NonViolence.  During this SNV, you’ve already studied, considered, and taken into your heart several dozen traits that help us each BE the peace we want to see.  Perhaps you have taken some new actions as a result of considering  these traits.

Today we consider MINDFULNESS.  This is the opposite of distraction.  Staying in the present moment is mindfulness.  Being fully aware of your current moment and surroundings is mindfulness.  Choosing to be fully present to each person you see or interact with—yes, mindfulness.  Our lives change for the richer,  when we become more oriented to mindful living.  And the most difficult thing about mindfulness is learning to spell it with only one “l”.  Mindfulness is developed simply by practice, making it a stronger and stronger habit.

“Inner peace is a State of Grace:  a baby having just been fed, diaper changed, resting on their mother’s chest and surrounded by that familiar heartbeat.  Inner peace is right here, right now,  just a decision away. Mindfulness:  we always have the capacity to experience joy and peace in every moment if that is what we choose to see.” 

̶ Rev. Marvin Brown

Here is AGNT’s contemplation for this day:

 DAY 36 Mar. 6: The thought for today is MINDFULNESS.  Mindfulness is thinking about what you’re doing and knowing why you’re doing it.  If we just act in each moment with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art.  Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words and the needs and experiences of other people.  By doing so, you are making life more beautiful and you are more likely to make nonviolent choices.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”   

̶ Thich Nhat Hanh


Today: 
Choose something simple to do, such as eating a piece of fruit.  Bringing my complete attention to it, I will not allow myself to talk to anyone or think of anything else except what I’m doing.  Notice what my hands do, the way the food feels in my mouth, the taste, the texture, the idea of nourishing my body.  Is this different from the way I normally eat?  I will practice being mindful in everything I do 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 35 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Understanding

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Greetings, peace lovers!  We have made it to Day 35 of AGNT’s Season for NonViolence.  This is that 64-day period of each year when we consider the qualities we can nurture, to BE the peace we want to see.  Today we consider UNDERSTANDING.  The Bible has a number of comments about understanding.  Most of them urge us to really focus on wisdom that may come from others, and to do our best to understand, to discern and digest what we don’t already know.  Prov. 2:2 specifically urges us to listen carefully with our ears and open our hearts—our emotions—to allow understanding in.  When we allow understanding into our hearts, it can become compassion.  And when we experience compassion toward others, we can only express peacefully toward others.

“Pay attention in order to gain understanding.”

–Prov 4:1 (International Standard Version)

“Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding.”

–Prov 2:2 (New American Standard Bible)

DAY 35 Mar. 5: The thought for today is UNDERSTANDING.  Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist teacher says:

 “When you understand, you cannot help but love.  Practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion.”    

Today:  When I find myself disagreeing with someone, I will focus on understanding what they are saying – and why.  I will listen compassionately to them, with a silent thought of love, and tell them what I understand them to be saying.  With empathy, I will say clearly and quietly what I believe to be true.

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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 2 of Season for NonViolence (SNV)

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Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where no one shot another person in anger?  Who wouldn’t want a world where everyone got along, and social justice wasn’t even a question?  Here we are at Day 2 of the Season for NonViolence (SNV), the 17th annual celebration by the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) for people who would like to bring that nonviolent world into being.

Each day during the SNV, I am posting the thought for the day from AGNT.  I will also be expanding on the meanings of the Season.  Here is AGNT’s Day 2 meditation:

DAY 2, Jan. 31: The thought for today is SMILING.  Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh said

“If, in our daily life, we can smile…not only we, but everyone will profit from it.  This is the most basic kind of peace work.”

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship and nonviolence.  A smile not only improves our looks, it improves our outlook, and when our outlook improves, it is much easier to be at peace.

Today:  I will share a sincere smile with everyone I meet, knowing that my smile contributes to peace.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core

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(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 61 of Season for NonViolence (SNV): Peace [Within]

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

Peace Within, nonviolence, SNV,AGNT, peaceToday, we are invited to consider the quality of personal PEACE.  We need to nurture our PEACE within, in place of humoring negative thoughts or nurturing agitation.  Have you ever noticed that you react differently to the same events, depending on whether you are very relaxed and feel loved, versus when you are tense and under pressure?  If the dog chews up a favorite shoe of yours, under one set of conditions, you may laugh and find that cute.  If you are loaded with tension, fear, or anger, the dog chewing up a favorite shoe may “cause you to blow up”.  If you blow up, was it really the dog’s actions that caused you to react that way?  No.  It was about you.  So today, you can be a peacemaker by getting in touch with your PEACE within.  Then your PEACE will multiply outward and help create World PEACE.  This is why I wrote the book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr ).

Here, then, is AGNT’s meditation for Day 61 of the SNV:

DAY 61 Mar. 31: The thought for today is PEACE.  “Practice watering seeds of joy and peace and not just seeds of anger and violence, and the elements of war in all of us will be transformed,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.   You water seeds of anger and violence by deciding to stay angry and act violently.  You water seeds of joy and peace by deciding to be peaceful, no matter what is happening to you.  PEACE  does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart, and then respond in a nonviolent way.

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”   –Elie Wiesel

Today:  I choose to meet each experience with an intention for peace.  I will be aware of any feelings of anger or irritation and replace the feeling with calm.  I envision any areas of unrest transformed into safe havens for all people.  I see beyond conflict and discord to the truth: peace is everywhere present and active.

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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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