Monasteries of the Heart

Monks in Our Midst: Gandhi on Nonviolence

If one does not practice nonviolence in one’s personal relations with others and hopes to use it in bigger affairs, one is vastly mistaken….Mutual forbearance is not nonviolence. Immediately you get the conviction that nonviolence is the law of life, you have to practice it towards those who act violently towards you; and the law must apply to nations as to individuals. If the conviction is there, the rest will follow.

Consider: Name one tangible way you might practice nonviolence in your personal relations with others. Try doing so for a period of time, if only with one individual, one relationship. Then share the experience with that individual or with another.

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