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We feel each other’s pain–Daily Metta

“People would be likely to refrain from harming others if they knew that in doing so they were really harming themselves.” In this video Michael discusses the fact that modern science specifically neuroscience, specifically mirror neurons, confirm that fact that we feel one another’s pain. This is important because if people were more aware of this, they would be much less likely to hurt others, i.e. be violent. 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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‘Tis the Season of Nonviolence: Newsletter

Thinking Big With Nonviolence It’s interesting to notice that the Season for Nonviolence and Black History Month intersect in February. Interesting, but not surprising, because we do not have to dig down that deeply into “black history” to start uncovering and rediscovering the stories and realities that led many people to join together in a spirit of unity in diversity on the path of nonviolent struggle. In our latest newsletter, you’ll find a variety of tips and resources to help you stay aligned to your nonviolence path. May you be free, happy, and peaceful. Read the February 10, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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What About Humiliation? – Podcast

After a wonderful episode of Nonviolence in the News, in which co-host Michael Nagler brings us resources and news from around the world about Gandhi, Campesinos, Nonviolent Peaceforce, and recent and upcoming protests and demonstrations, Co-host Stephanie Van Hook joins the conversation to tackle the subject of humiliation. What exactly is it? What happens when we humiliate and/or are humiliated? Is there a difference between humiliation and shame? And what about dignity? And what can we do? This and more… Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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A life-affirming orientation–Daily Metta

“It’s through discovering our capacity for nonviolence–our ability to offer it and our ability to respond to it– that we discover something absolutely fundamental about human nature.” In today’s Daily Metta video, Michael suggests that the nature of our task is to discover our capacity for nonviolence, which lies at the basis of our nature. Our challenge, however, is to overcome an unconscious death orientation in our society.     Thank you for contributing to the 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 in Schools – Podcast

This week on Peace Paradigm Radio, we speak with Robin Wildman about her experiences bringing Kingian Nonviolence in school, both in the classroom and through teacher trainings. You won’t want to miss her story of how her journey into being a nonviolence educator, which began back in 2001, when Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette visited her 5th grade classroom. The Michael Nagler joins us for Nonviolence in the news, starting with an announcement of Peace Alliance’s forthcoming Teaching Peace in Schools Virtual Summit. He also talks about some new books and films, and discusses recent articles around the movement. Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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Strength to defy and forgive–Daily Metta

 “The strength to defy and the strength to forgive are part of a single emotional package which makes a person capable of nonviolence.” In our Sunday video edition of Daily Metta Michael Nagler thinks about the moment when Nelson Mandela shook hands with his former enemy, De Klerk, in front of the world, saying that he was proud to do so. This moment, Michael suggests, can reveal a lot to us about the kind of strength that nonviolence requires.   We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them in the 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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Beyond morality–Daily Metta

 “The moral framework today is not very useful in terms of analyzing and solving problems.” In our Saturday video edition of Daily Metta Michael Nagler analyzes a quote from Wendell Berry, warning that the moral framework when dealing issues of violence can be playing with fire. It’s a short leap from calling something evil to calling someone evil, he states, and what we need to do is to understand why violence is happening and how we participate in it.   We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them in the 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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Energy Conversion: Daily Metta

Using Emotional Energy Wisely “We have to slow down on our initial reactions.” Michael Nagler explores reserving and converting the energy of negative emotions into fuel for positive changes. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share the Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. This 2016 Daily Metta video series correlates with 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. Want to see more Daily Mettas? Access the entire archives. To receive Daily Metta by email, simply subscribe.

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Violence is Violence: Daily Metta

And Nonviolence is Nonviolence “Violence remains violence, irrespective of motivation.” Today, Michael Nagler puts some perspective on violence. He also emphasizes that nonviolence is a problem-solving tool all of us can use, regardless of our roles and positions. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share the Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. This 2016 Daily Metta video series correlates with 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. Want to see more Daily Mettas? Access the entire archives. To receive Daily Metta by email, simply subscribe.

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Innate Non-Aggression: Daily Metta

Innately Nonviolent Frans de Waal’s findings on rhesus monkeys give us some surprising take-aways about the ways that nonviolence shows up in the animal kingdom. Watch the short video for Michael Nagler’s re-framing of the “innate aggression” theory. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share the Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. This 2016 Daily Metta video series correlates with 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. Want to see more Daily Mettas? Access the entire archives. To receive Daily Metta by email, simply subscribe.

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