“infectious nonviolence”

Gandhi: “My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop nonviolence. The more you develop it in your own heart, the more infectious it becomes, till it overwhelms your surroundings and, by and by, might oversweep the world.”

Mmm, feeling really moved and “sweet-ified” reading this. Feeling grateful for the reminder…

I’m realizing more and more and more that one of the benefits of having been pretty anti-social these past months and years is that it protects me from having to deal with too many scary situations – by “scary” I actually mean “situations I can’t deal with or where I can’t stay self-connected…” I mean, if all I have to deal with is me (and a select few others), then my chances of (self-) compassion and nonviolence are much higher.

And more recently, to meet needs for community, self-care and rest, I’ve been “hanging out” more, and realizing how easily my jackals get going. Wow! And I claim to have “skills?” Haha! Whatever! I lose self-connection so easily, I get pulled into complaining conversations, and I find I’m generally not nourished or inspired… A part of me wants to run home to safety, and another part is just shocked at what I allow to go on in my inner world…

No, this isn’t working for me…

So, how do I develop such a centered sense of nonviolence within my own heart, that it starts to infect ME WHEN I’M HANGING IN the world around me…?

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