Day 15 ~ February 14 ~ Reverence
“Only as a child's awareness and reverence for the wholeness of life are developed can his humanity to his own kind reach its full development.”
~ Rachel Carson
“Gratitude bestows reverence…changing forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton
Reverence for all life is fundamental to Ahimsa. (Ahimsa is a Sanskrit term often translated into English as nonviolence but perhaps more correctly is the eradication of the desire to cause harm in thought, word or deed.)
Reverence is the ultimate rationale for Ahimsa - for how can one willingly do harm to that for which one has reverence - and towards which one has the love that reverence engenders.
What greater gift can we give one another than to honour and respect the preciousness of life? Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature and all my fellow beings.
Open yourself up to a feeling of reverence for all forms of life, especially each and every person that you meet during the day. Take a walk outside and experience and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you….the sky, the plants, the animals and birds.
Action for Teens
Did you ever see something that took your breath away? Today focus on how beautiful the world is and all the people on it.
Action for Children
Take a walk outside and collect three things from nature. A rock, a leaf, a seed or whatever you can find (don’t take living things such as moss or bark that is still on a tree). Share your nature treasures with someone else and tell why they are so special.
“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.”
“Only reverence can restrain violence – reverence for human life and the environment.”
~ William Sloan Coffin Jr.
Catherine Feng, age 12, USA
Peace Pals International