64 Ways in 64 Days – 15th Gandhi, King, Chavez Season for Peace and Nonviolence
15th Gandhi, King, Chavez Season for Peace and Nonviolence, 64 ways in 64 days
Week five, Days 29 to 35: In order to create a peaceful world, we must learn to practice nonviolence with one another in our day-to-day interactions.
- Day 29 – FORGIVENESS (Feb. 27)
Gandhi said, “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.” When you release a hurt, you can lighten your burdens. Think of someone who has wronged you. You don’t have to forgive the action, forgive the person. Recognize their divine self. Share the story with a friend. Share forgiveness.
- Day 30 – AMENDS (Feb. 28)
Making amends means apologizing to someone you hurt and really meaning it. Think of someone you have hurt. Today, consider making amends to this person. A huge burden will be lifted off both of you. This simple act can heal relationships.
- Day 31 – PRAISING (March 1)
Mark Twain said: “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Appreciation makes people grow. Appreciate the people around you today. Don’t be shy. Let them know.
- Day 32 – PATIENCE (March 2)
What really drives you insane? Your parents, brothers and sisters, a certain friend? Today, practice patience with these challenging people or situations in your life. Take deep breaths if you have to. Being patient is a powerful act of nonviolence. Notice how the situation gets worse when you fly off the handle. Try to control your reaction to annoying situations in your life. Notice the different response you get when you are patient.
- Day 33 – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (March 3)
People make a difference every day. Who makes a difference in your life? Tell this person if you can. It feels really good to be truly acknowledged. Tell them how they helped you and thank them. It is also important to acknowledge yourself. Focus on the good in yourself and others today, and share it.
- Day 34 – LOVE (March 4)
Gandhi wrote, “Nonviolence is based on the assumption that people respond to love and kindness.” Take a moment and think about those who love you, and how that love makes you feel. Try to really express your love to others today. There is no need to hold back. We all need love.
- Day 35 – UNDERSTANDING (March 5)
The Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says,” When you understand, you cannot help but love.” Instead of letting words go in through one ear and out the other, take a moment to hear what the person is saying. Try to be the person that actually listens. Send every stranger you meet today a silent (to yourself) “I love you” thought.
Created for http://www.agnt.org and Season for Nonviolence – 2007 by Greater Dallas Task Force – www.64-days.org