The thought for today is MASTERY.
Labor organizer, Cesar Chavez taught “If you use violence you have to sell part of yourself for that violence. Then you are no longer a master of your own struggle.”
Practicing nonviolence requires mastering our emotions, especially anger. We need to learn to take a step back, breathe deeply, count silently backwards from ten, allow ourselves to calm down and cool off. We then respond, rather than react. When we react, we’ve lost our patience. When we react, anger is our driving force. When we respond, we have mastery over our emotions and we practice nonviolence.
“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” ~ Helen Keller
Any skill requires practice to attain excellence. Gaining mastery over one’s emotions, thoughts, mind, consciousness is a personal responsibility. A spiritual teacher, religious figure or leader will not do it for us. Not even an ascended master or deity or enlightened being. We do it for ourselves and the ability to gain mastery comes only from deep within ourselves. Some individuals and beings can provide guidance and share their teachings. They can also serve as inspiration. Ultimately though, self-mastery is the responsibility of the individual, no one else’s.
Today: When I think of something or get into a situation where anger comes up, I will acknowledge the anger then breathe deeply, silently counting backwards from ten, and then decide what action to take. Mastery of nonviolence will come as I continue to practice.
64 Ways in 64 Days Nonviolence Daily Reflections Day 45 – Mar. 15, 2012
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