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

© 2014  Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

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Today, 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 outwardly and help create World PEACE.  This is why I wrote the book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core  (now in Second Edition, second printing, http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc).  We must learn more and more to BE the peace we want to see.

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 the author of the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (Second Edition, second printing)(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 corporate stress management trainer, and she also has a holistic healing practice.

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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 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 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 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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