Friday, January 30, 2009
The Spirit gives courage to fainting hearts.
A seed is planted, watered by prayer, courage grows reaching ever toward the light.
Standing in God's love, risks can be taken without fear of failure, and without fear of success.
Courage is walking this life's journey peacefully with no fear of others or fear of yourself.
*** Kit Leamy
Friday, January 23, 2009
Sadie at http://love-to-learn-homeschool.blogspot.com/ has inspired me to take on the challenge (yes it IS a challenge) to be peaceful for 64 days and set a clear example to my children of the kind of persona I would like them to have throughout their lives.
Together this morning after reading her post and seeing her pictures, I laid aside the original plan for the day, broke out the construction paper and we created a peace flag together. We then wrote out and studied all 64 theme words and displayed them on a large tapestry and displayed it all together in the hall (where it cannot be missed)
There are booklets that you can print off for adults, teens and children that suggest an activity and quote to guide you through. They are in PDF form here: http://www.64-days.org/64dailyparctice.htm
WEEK 1 (1-7)Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.
Day 1 – COURAGE (Jan. 30)
Day 2 – SMILING (Jan. 31)
Day 3 – APPRECIATION (Feb. 1)
Day 4 – CARING (Feb. 2)
Day 5 – BELIEVING (Feb. 3)
Day 6 -- SIMPLICITY (Feb. 4)
Day 7 – EDUCATION (Feb. 5)
WEEK 2 (8-14)Personal centeredness gives us the inner peace and calm to respond to situations with nonviolent means. Building that inner center is the first act of peace making.
Day 8 – HEALING (Feb. 6)
Day 9 –DREAMING (Feb. 7)
Day 10 – FAITH (Feb. 8)
Day 11 – CONTEMPLATION (Feb. 9)
Day 12 – GROUNDEDNESS (Feb. 10)
Day 13 – CREATIVITY (Feb. 11)
Day 14 – HUMILITY (Feb. 12)
WEEK 3 (15-21)By practicing nonviolence with ourselves, we begin to see how it might apply toward others. Each personal practice can be turned into a practice toward another. Try it.Day 15 – REVERENCE (Feb. 13)
Day 16 – GRATITUDE (Feb. 14)
Day 17 – INTEGRITY (Feb. 15)
Day 18 – FREEDOM (Feb. 16)
Day 19 – ACCEPTANCE (Feb. 17)
Day 20 – SELF-FORGIVENESS (Feb. 18)
Day 21 – INSPIRATION (Feb. 19)
WEEK 4 (22-28)“The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage they did not know they had.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day 22 – MISSION (Feb. 20)
Day 23 – PRAYER (Feb. 21)
Day 24 – HARMONY (Feb. 22)
Day 25 – FRIENDLINESS (Feb. 23)
Day 26 – RESPECT (Feb. 24)
Day 27 – GENEROSITY (Feb. 25)
Day 28 – LISTENING (Feb. 26)
WEEK 5 (29-35)In order to create a peaceful world, we must learn to practice nonviolence with one another in our day-to-day interactions.
Day 29 – FORGIVENESS (Feb. 27)
Day 30 – AMENDS (Feb. 28)
Day 31 – PRAISING (March 1)
Day 32 – PATIENCE (March 2)
Day 33 – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (March 3)
Day 34 – LOVE (March 4)
Day 35 – UNDERSTANDING (March 5)
WEEK 6 (36-42)To require others to change for us to be more peaceful does violence to us both. By choosing to be peaceful in relationship, we invite others to nonviolence in return.
Day 36 – MINDFULNESS (March 6)
Day 37 – GRACIOUSNESS (March 7)
Day 38 – KINDNESS (March 8)
Day 39 – DIALOGUE (March 9)
Day 40 – UNITY (March 10)
Day 41 – OPENNESS (March 11)
Day 42 – ACCOUNTABILITY (March 12)
WEEK 7 (43-49)Relationships based on nonviolence are built on the ability to see and understand another human being, whether or not we agree. Seeing people from our common ground gives us practice for bringing nonviolent actions, choices and behaviors into our communal life.
Day 43 – UNIQUENESS (March 13)
Day 44 – COOPERATION (March 14)
Day 45—MASTERY (March 15)
Day 46 – COMPASSION (March 16)
Day 47 – DISARMAMENT (March 17)
Day 48 – ECOLOGY (March 18)
Day 49 – HONOR (March 19)
WEEK 8 (50-56)Nonviolence challenges us to stand for Truth by taking action that honors the dignity and worth of every human being.
Day 50 – CHOICE (March 20)
Day 51 – ADVOCACY (March 21)
Day 52 – EQUALITY (March 22)
Day 53 – ACTION (March 23)
Day 54 – GIVING (March 24)
Day 55 – RESPONSIBILITY (March 25)
Day 56 – SELF-SUFFICIENCY (March 26)
WEEK 9 (57-63)Nonviolence challenges us to stand for Truth by taking action that honors the dignity and worth of every human being.
Day 57 – SERVICE (March 27)
Day 58 – CITIZENSHIP (March 28)
Day 59 – INTERVENTION (March 29)
Day 60 – WITNESSING (March 30)
Day 61 – PEACE (March 31)
Day 62 – COMMITMENT (April 1)
Day 63 – RELEASE (April 2)
WEEK 10 “Nonviolence should mean a complete freedom from ill-will, anger and hate and an overflowing love for all …. The nonviolence I teach is active nonviolence of the strongest. But the weakest can partake in it without becoming weaker.” – Mohandas K. Ghandi
Days 64 – CELEBRATION (April 3)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Mint for clarity and freshness
Basil for flavor
Cayenne for spice
Rosemary to revitalize
Anise for sweetness
Ginko to remember
Chamomile to calm
Red Clover to balance the female energy
Yarrow for healing wounds
Blessed Thistle for cleansing
Lavender for Harmony
After we came in and dusted the snow off, we blessed the interior of our home honoring the four elements. We all lit a white candle for fire to represent passion, perseverance and determination. We sprinkled lavender water in every room to represent life and fluidity. We buried a gold coin in a new house plant to represent the riches of our earth and burned a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh to purify the air and remember the freedom of the spirit.
Last but not least, Sam's mother, Janet read from the Bible and offered a prayer for Gods blessing on our house and our family.
Monday, January 19, 2009
My husbands dresser
My favorite piece of driftwood
My lunar phase calender
My log candle holder
My favorite lampThis area above my stove
My Ugandan women mobileThis view
These are just things and if they were all in the house together without our family, they would be meaningless. However, we surround ourselves with things that we deem beautiful to create a place of peace and harmony to go through life in. I am so thankful for our home, to have a place of soul-nourishing beauty to grow old with my husband, play with our dog and raise our girls for many years to come.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Then we went outside and gathered the pine boughs and carried them over the hill to the burn pile.