Living Peace Meditation – Day 26 – Respect

Posted on February 24, 2012 by

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Gandhi taught “Language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”
Respecting yourself and others means making a choice not to use profanity or ‘put downs’.  Let our language be based on respect for those we address.  The life of peace excludes no one.  Let your words reflect your respect for others – speak from the depth of your heart and soul.  The other side of respect is listening – listen to others with the respect that what they have to say matters.  The act of listening has a calming effect on others, even if they are in a heated tirade, just listening models a nonviolent response.

“Courtesy towards opponents and eagerness to understand their view-point is the ABC of nonviolence.”   –M.K. Gandhi

Today:  As I interact with and observe people during the day, I will be aware of ways in which I respect each person.  I will draw a picture of someone for whom I have a great deal of respect, then frame the picture with words that describe this person.

15th Gandhi, King Chavez Season for Nonviolence

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