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Love is a spiritual practice. It is the basis of any true spiritual practice.
The practice of nonviolence is a practice of Love. In the daily practice of nonviolence our own inner accuracy is required. It can be surprisingly easy to be persuaded to adapt to another’s point of view.
Sometimes all it takes is the sound of a car horn blaring at us for discord to prevail and our entire practice to be momentarily lost. Fortunately, our practice can just as easily be lovingly resumed.
We’re all seeking to get to a place within ourselves where we can experience any situation and be unmoved from our inner center of peace. When we can do that, then we can be of service to others. This is what it means to really walk the talk.
In order to be at Peace within ourselves and be a helpful presence, we must be willing to be loving and compassionate. Let’s be willing to be the fulcrum point of healing in any situation.
Let’s go first in making apologies.
Let’s go first in taking responsibility.
Herein lies the Peace that we seek.
The Peace we seek is seeking us.
In THE PRINCIPLES OF HEALING, H.B. Jeffery writes, “… let us suppose that there is only one singer in a whole choir who has the proper note and key, and that all the rest are off key. If that one will keep to the true key and tempo, ignoring all the rest and singing correctly, they will all swing into the right way and soon be together with that one. This will happen, not because the true singer has given any attention to their lack of musical accuracy, but because he has kept his own accuracy, because he has maintained his knowledge and his expression of the principle of music.”
And so it is with the practice of nonviolence. If we can but hold our own accuracy we can shift all of those around us. This has been proven by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha and countless others.
Today I seek to add my own name to the list of those who stand firm in their practice of nonviolence by living from our own inner accuracy.