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Symbols and Nonviolence: Your Daily Metta Weekend Video

In this video, Michael Nagler continues onward in Search for a Nonviolent Future, exploring the general principle behind symbolic action. He articulates his definition of symbolic action, reviews it in Gandhi’s campaigns, and concludes that symbols alone are not enough. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Le Chambon and Prague Spring: Your Daily Metta Weekend Video

In this video, Michael wraps up Chapter 4 of Search for a Nonviolent Future, “Work” vs. Work, with two stories: Le Chambon and Prague Spring. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Truth & Love: Newsletter

Truth and Love Always Win Tragedy. We’re all too familiar with this word and its accompanying emotions, from the boulder-like weight of despair to the fierce fires of anger. But as nonviolence practitioners, we’re also familiar with evolving such emotions into constructive action informed by love. Our June 15, 2016 newsletter features our latest Peace Paradigm Radio show, not to mention a plethora of resources. Read the June 15, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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Civil Disobedience Made Legal: Your Daily Metta Weekend Video

Nonviolence can work from any direction, including from governments. In a town in PA, civil disobedience has been made legal, protecting protestors from crackdown while defending their community from large corporations. (Read more about it here) Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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The Highest Law: Daily Metta Weekend Video

In this video, Michael Nagler explores the concept from the Hindu scriptures, “Nonviolence is the highest dharma (law)” from the context of nonviolence as a tool for deep transformation of ourselves and our world. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Financial Freedom for All: Newsletter

What a Nonviolent Economy Can Be Imagine if we all had the sort of financial freedom that granted us the time to bond with our children, take a class. Imagine a world in which everyone has a place to sleep and enough food to eat. That world is possible, and we can get there. Our June 1, 2016 newsletter features our latest Peace Paradigm Radio show, in which we spoke about Universal Basic Income with Peter Barnes, author of With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough. Read the June 1, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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Recognizing True Power: Your Daily Metta Weekend Video

In this video, Michael Nagler continues in Chapter Four of Search for a Nonviolent Future, highlighting the importance of recognizing and developing our inner capacity for nonviolence as a true source of power. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Person Power: Roadmap to Nonviolent Action

Person Power and the Roadmap to Nonviolent Action: A Teleseminar Hosted by Transition United States Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 11:00am – 12:15pm PST Registration: To participate, register online here and you will receive instructions via email. Once you have registered you can explore these other low-cost call-in options. In this TeleSeminar, Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook of the Metta Center for Nonviolence will go into the connection between person power, constructive program, and non-violent resistance (the three phases of the Metta Center’s Roadmap). They will begin with the real beginning: how can each of us empower her or himself through spiritual disciplines like meditation and the use of a mantram, along with other tools for realizing our highest potential as “spiritual warriors.” The approach at the Metta Center has always been “big picture:” Nonviolence, when properly understood, is the key issue underlying virtually every problem in our present system, and so we try to ground ourselves in a basic understanding of this force that Gandhi called “the greatest force available to humanity” and work out the structure of its applications on down to the most practical details. Transition towns for us, as you can see from our Roadmap, are a key element in transformation toward a livable future. They are the perfect testing ground for the strategies of a life based on nonviolence, which implies “perfect justice all round in every department of life” – including humanity’s living relationship with nature. They are the equivalent of Gandhi’s ashrams (he founded four of them in his career), serving as headquarters and training centers for revolution both in its active sense, where it involves direct resistance, and its constructive sense – what Buckminster Fuller called building the world you want as a powerful basis for putting the one you don’t want out of its misery. See the Metta Center’s animated short video “A New Story of US” for a great primer.  Learn more at Transition United States.

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Conflict Escalation and Escalating Nonviolence: Daily Metta Weekend Video

Michael Nagler explains the conflict escalation curve and gives insight into how and when to escalate nonviolence. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Nonviolence Rising: Newsletter

It’s True: Nonviolence is Increasing This age we’re living in—or through—seems to be one of intensifying polarization, with incivility and violence advancing. Hence the importance of the worldwide growth in nonviolence. Learn all about it in our latest newsletter. Inside you’ll find links to the new Peace Paradigm Radio show and several engaging posts. Read the May 18, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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