To have honor is to have respect. To bestow honor is to be respectful. A fundamental part of my personal practice of nonviolence is my capacity to honor the dignity and worth of ALL beings. To hold everyone as inherently valuable is to honor the divinity of all life. Jesus of Nazareth said “what you do to the least of them you do to me.” This is a loving invitation to recognize the oneness of all life and to honor it from the heart.
It isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes tremendous effort to honor the dignity and worth of people who do not honor themselves and others. That is when the rubber meets the road in my practice. That is when I have the opportunity to be a teacher even if no one is watching, because regardless of who witnesses the whole world feels it.
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Who sows virtue reaps honor.” Today I start from a place of honoring all beings. It is the intention that goes before me. By being respectful of everyone I meet, not judging and seeing there inherent value I’m able to develop my practice of honoring. Through these seemingly small nonviolent choices I actively bring the world closer to peace.
Peace begins with me.