Posts by Stephanie Van Hook

“Determination and Faith”–Daily Metta

January 19 “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” -Gandhi (Harijan, 11-19-1936, pp. 341-2) Nonviolence is sometimes referred to as “people power.” This is a perfectly valid idea, but we should not think of nonviolence solely as the power of large masses… read more

“Across time and space”–Daily Metta

January 18 “The law of love knows no bounds of space or time.” –Gandhi (Young India, 1-8-1925) Modern science is only now catching up to the insights shared by the world’s great mystics. In quantum physics for example, we have the theory of nonlocality, demonstrating that a quantum event can take place in one region… read more

“Understanding Crime”–Daily Metta

January 17 “No one commits crime for the fun of it.” –Gandhi (Harijan, 11-2-1947) In order to inflict violence on someone, we must first dehumanize them. For this reason, Gandhi maintained that words like “crime” and “criminal” should be erased from our vocabulary. These words help us write off the dignity of the human being… read more

“Labor and Dignity”–Daily Metta

January 16 “This mad rush for wealth must cease, and the laborer must be assured, not only of a living wage, but a daily task that is not a mere drudgery.” -Gandhi (Harijan, 11-2-1934) The Sanskrit term svadharma is integral to the vision of a nonviolent world. The concept means that everyone has her or… read more

“Economics of Justice”–Daily Metta

January 15 “True economics is the economics of justice.” –Gandhi (Gandhi paraphrasing Unto this last, pp. 50-53, from Sarvodaya, p. 33)   (After reading John Ruskin’s Unto this Last Gandhi established Phoenix Settlement in South Africa.)  A woman steps out of her limousine in front of a five star hotel. Money is falling out of her pockets… read more

“Nonviolence as a Cure”– Daily Metta

January 14 “To remove the disease, we must first find the underlying cause. To find the remedy will then be a comparatively easy task.” –Gandhi (Harijan, 9-15-1940)   When tragedy happens, the mass media lure us into asking trivial questions that lead us ever further away from the cause.  What kind of bullet was he… read more

“Expanding Our Love”–Daily Metta

January 13 “The more we give up our attachment to the physical frame of the person we love, the purer and more expansive our love grows.” –Gandhi (Letter to ashramite Prabhudas, 2-2-18, from Day to Day with Gandhi, vol. 1, p. 21) Another term for nonviolence is love-in-action. It’s not always an apt term, because… read more

MLK Day for Early Childhood with Songs

  If you are an early childhood educator, you bring music into the classroom on a daily basis. Do not miss the opportunity as you discuss the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1960s African American Freedom Struggle this month to bring songs to share. Find ways of incorporating gestures and… read more

“Nonviolence as an Evolutionary Force”–Daily Metta

January 12 “Non-cooperation is a process of evolution: it has most aptly been described as Evolutionary Revolution.” –Gandhi (Young India, February 23, 1921) Gandhi understood that nonviolent non-cooperation against a State, aka civil resistance, meant a closer form of cooperation among people. Assured that such actions would not lead to disorder or chaos, he put… read more

Humility and Nonviolence–Daily Metta

January 11 “The spirit of nonviolence necessarily leads to humility.” -Gandhi (Young India, January 12, 1921)  Humility is one of those delicate virtues that disappears the moment we think that we have attained it. If Gandhi was a humble man, it was not because he lived frugally or because he wore only home-spun khadi, or… read more