Reverence for Life on Good Saturday

30 mile non violence walk

Walkers on their way to participate in Friday morning’s demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory march Wednesday along Danville Boulevard in Danville. They started in Walnut Creek and planned to stay overnight at a Danville church before resuming their trek Thursday. The annual nonviolent Good Friday protest at the lab is sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC and Livermore Conversion Project. CINDI CHRISTIE/STAFF OAKLAND TRIBUNE

Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to
cultivate nonviolence, compassion and the insight of interbeing in our daily
lives and promote peace, education, mindful meditation, and reconciliation
within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and in the
world. We are committed not to kill and not to let others kill. We will not
support any act of killing in the world, in our thinking or in our way of life.
We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better
ways to protect life, prevent war, and build peace. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, 12th of 14 Mindfulness Trainings

Myself, along with an interfaith group walked 30 miles, with peaceful steps, in the name of love. Arriving for the Good Friday sunrise service at America’s premier weapons of mass destruction laboratory in Livermore, California. Listening to the voices of many speaking and singing in harmony for peace eased my tired, sore legs. Reverend Phil Lawson remembering his time with Dr. Martin Luther King. Urging us to let go of our fear, and embrace our brotherhood and sisterhood; our inter-being nature.

This humble walk, a small gesture to keep hope alive that a day will come, free of war. Free of the need for war. Free of fear of other people. Realizing we need to feel safe together. Beholding the fragile, sacred nature of our individual and collective existence. Loving and caring for other people, animals, plants and minerals, fully recognizing that we share the same fate.

As I rest legs and feet, recognizing it’s a good Saturday to be alive.

…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
any more. Micah 4:3


17 thoughts on “Reverence for Life on Good Saturday

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  2. Diane C

    It is so wonderful to see people still carrying the message of anti-war and no nukes. I was a marcher in the 1970s for this cause and it has always made me sad that the end of the Cold War meant so many people thought this had become a non issue. I can no longer march those long treks but do what I can teaching peace education and human rights in high school. Thanks so much for this post full of such hopefulness.

      1. ninjapencil

        Absolutely! I am sure he inspired more of these non-voilent acts against violence than he would have ever imagined. I try to keep his spirit (along with about a thousand others) in my head and chest at all times, and often pause for a “What would Gandhi do?” moment.

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  4. unrehearsedsymphony

    I love this post. I love the action. We spend so much time separating ourselves by what makes us different to other people, but even deeper than that is what connects us. While our religions make us different, it’s our spirituality that connects us. While our nationalities and languages make us each unique, it’s our humanity, our knowledge of pain, happiness, heartbreak, and joy that make us akin.
    Beautiful 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment and insight. Yes, the mind is the source of all wrong doing, wrong perception. With right view the interconnection of all things becomes evident. Perhaps a day will soon come that caring for each other and what sustains us will not be considered activism. May you be well.

  5. harulawordsthatserve

    Moving words – and what a statement that walk is. I can feel what a meaningful practice it would be for me to be present at a site where weapons are made and breathe and maintain my inner peace and love without judging or getting angry, knowing what was being built in there. Powerful. Thanks for sharing. Love and appreciation for the peace and wisdom you share with the world by being who you are and doing what you do,hugs, Harula xxxxx


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