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 cannot always agree with what everyone else is saying but we can truly listen to them. We can all agree to disagree. We can express our thoughts and then allow the other to express theirs and simply listen — without having to prove them wrong in order to prove ourselves right.
We can speak our truth or what we believe to be true from a place of ahimsa. (Ahimsa is “a Buddhist and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence“. Definition from American Heritage Dictionary).
When we truly listen, we gain an understanding of where other people are coming and what their perspectives are. We are better able to appreciate those who do not seemingly share our beliefs and understanding. (See related post LISTENING.)
And that is what it means to have a dialogue, and that is living nonviolently.
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.
64 Ways in 64 Days Nonviolence Daily Reflections Day 39 – Mar. 9, 2012
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