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    We participate in violence sometimes unknowingly. If we think of violence only in the most graphic, literal terms, it may be easy for us to say we are non-violence, but if we are honest with ourselves and think about violence expansively and the interconnected nature of things, then we might be able to see how we too contribute to violence.

    I think that the road to consistently making the peaceful choice is to frankly look at the ways in which we too participate in cycles of violence, big and small, gross and overt, or symbolized and hidden... and then as much as possible, always make the less violent choice. This is an on-going life practice and this preference for non-violence also entails being kind to ourselves, not berating ourselves if we can't always choose the more peaceful path etc.

    There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

    by srkp23 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 11:15:34 AM PDT

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