Season for Nonviolence

The national Season for Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, is a 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign that demonstrates that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired in 1998 by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world. It has been endorsed by such notables as the Dalai Lama and the late Coretta Scott King.

You can download the peaceCENTER’s 11x17″ poster of 64 ways to practice nonviolence here. Distribute it freely and widely!

Day 64: Season for Nonviolence

64. Celebration
Rejoice in the work that you have done. Celebrate the journey that you have made with countless others who believe that every individual can move the world in the direction of peace with their nonviolent choice and action. Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Day 1: Season for Nonviolence

For the next 23 days we’ll be exploring personal ways you can seek a nonviolent world.  Nonviolence begins by learning how to be less violent and more compassionate with ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with a respect, honor and reverence for our own being.

1. Courage Eleanor Roosevelt urged, “You must do the things that you think you cannot do.” Practicing these 64 Ways will challenge you to do things that you think you cannot do. Today, light a candle and accept the courage to practice 64 Ways of living nonviolently.

Day 2: Season for Nonviolence

2. 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.” Today, share a smile with at least three people, knowing that your smile contributes to peace.

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