Each journey is a series of steps. I step forward, I step backward, I step forward again. In THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ZEN, Zenrin wrote, “If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it.”
When Mahatma Gandhi was asked about the road up the mountain of nonviolence he said, “I am but a poor struggling soul yearning to be wholly truthful and wholly nonviolent in thought, word and deed, but ever failing to reach the ideal which I know to be true. It is a painful climb, but the pain of it is a positive pleasure to me. Each step upward makes me feel stronger.”
Today I take a step towards leading a nonviolent life and remember Gandhi’s words. I consciously acknowledge the value to be found in each and every step no matter how challenging. In this way my personal practice of nonviolence is in every step of my walk.
I walk the talk of Love and lovingly hold myself accountable.