Kingian Nonviolence has been developed from the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, and contains a depth of practice captured in six principles. My connection with it has been greatly supported by Kazu Haga’s excellent book ‘Healing Resistance’, and by the ’50 days for Peace’ course I’ve been part of through the start of this new year. Here’s a little taste of each of the six principles, (I’ll be adding one each week)…
Principle 1 : Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
Nonviolence is not an easy path. It is beautiful and rewarding, and it can take courage to actively resist harm, to choose to step towards action when others are in harms way. Here are some questions to start that exploration…
- Where do you see violence in the world? Where do you see people being harmed by actions, words, systems, decisions about where resources are directed to?
- Where are there opportunities to stand not only in solidarity but as an accomplice to reduce this harm?
- What scares you about standing up to violence? Where might you need support to find the courage to do this?
- Where do you need to find care for yourself, stand back, trust others will be there to prevent harm when you need to rest?
- Where have we made unconscious contracts with ourselves to behave certain ways to meet needs, regardless of the cost to ourselves? (you can find out about unconscious contracts here)
I’m really grateful to Roxy Manning for this extended awareness of different forms that violence takes, and opportunity to review where in my life these show up…
Up next – Principle 2: Beloved community is the framework for the future >