Day 45 ~ March 16 ~ Mastery
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
~ Leonardo de Vinci
“We decide our own fate by our actions. You have to gain mastery over your self…It is not a matter of sitting back and accepting.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
“Personal mastery teaches us to choose. Choosing is a courageous act: picking the results and actions, which you will make into your destiny.” ~ Peter Senge
Labor organizer Cesar Chavez taught “If you use violence you have to sell part of yourself for that violence. Then you are no longer a master of your own struggle.” To practice nonviolence you must learn to master your anger. This should not be surprising. After all, to attain excellence in anything we have to work at it.
Nantaporn Thianthong, age 9, Thailand
Peace Pals International
The impetus to gain mastery over my mind and senses comes from deep within myself.
When you think of something or get into a situation where anger comes up, acknowledge the anger then breathe deeply, silently counting backwards from ten, to calm yourself and cool off before you speak or act with impatience or anger and then decide what action to take. Mastery of nonviolence will come as you continue to practice.
Action for Teens
To practice nonviolence it is important to learn to acknowledge and master your anger. Using positive thoughts, counting to 10, focusing on your breath, are all ways that you might start to do this.
Action for Children
When you feel you are getting angry, count to 10 and breathe deeply. Talk to a trusted adult about what has upset you.
“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves”
~ Rachel Carson
“All your scholarship would be in vain if at the same time you do not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi