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Our Minds on Restorative Justice Daily Metta

In this discussion about Search for a Nonviolent Future, Michael Nagler gives some examples about the way that restorative justice begins in our minds. He emphasizes that what we tell ourselves about ourselves matters more than we know. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched… read more

Concentration: Daily Metta

“In heartfelt prayer the worshipper’s attention is concentrated on the object of worship so much that he is not conscious of anything else besides.” ~ Gandhi, Ashram Observances in Action, p. 38 What Gandhi is calling “heartfelt prayer,” others might refer to as meditation. The classic definition of meditation comes from the ancient sage Patanjali,… read more

Webinar: Right Action & Social Change

Bridging Spiritual Practice, Right Action, and Social Change Join Richard Miller (founder and chairman, Integrative Restoration Institute) and Michael Nagler (founder and president, the Metta Center for Nonviolence) for a free webinar that will address the intersection of spiritual practice with nonviolence and social action. When: March 23, 2016; 4-5:30pm PST Where: Online—register for free… read more

“I ask you to give up nothing.” –Daily Metta

August 24: ​”I don’t ask you to renounce any of your pet pursuits–poetry or music or literature. No, I ask you to give up nothing. All I want from you is to add to your occupation half an hour of spinning. Nobody has ever pleaded before me that he cannot spare even that half hour.”… read more

Meditation, Wisdom, and the New Story

Michael Nagler will join The Yoga Hour Online Broadcast on Thursday, July 16, at 8 am PT (10 am CT, 11 am ET) In deep meditation we perceive peace and joy through allowing our attention and awareness to rest in the expanded consciousness of our essential nature. We feel connected to all of life. This… read more

“Gandhi and the Problem of Evil”– Daily Metta

July 2: “If you feel tempted to regard anybody as evil, the odds are that the evil is within  you.” –Gandhi (Harijan, April, 28, 1946) Gandhi had very few possessions: a pair of glasses, two pairs of homemade sandals for different occasions, some books, a spinning wheel, and little else. Each item has a story… read more

“Begin with the mind”–Daily Metta

June 15: “Nonviolence to be a potent force must begin with the mind.” –Gandhi (Young India, April 2, 1931) One day a young man approached Gandhi and told him that someone  hit him, and he felt humiliated but did not fight back. Wouldn’t “Bapu” (a term used to address Gandhi, meaning father) be proud of him… read more

“Hugging Meditation”–Daily Metta

May 16: “Perfection in love or non-possession will remain unattainable ideal as long as we are alive, but towards which we must ceaselessly strive.”  –Gandhi (My Religion 1935, p. 412)    Gandhi always wanted to bring together the best of the East and the West as he developed his nonviolence. Vietnamese monk, spiritual activist Thich… read more

“Still Small Voice”–Daily Metta

February 5  “I shall lose my usefulness the moment I stifle the still small voice within.” –Gandhi (Young India 12-3-1925, p. 422)   Mindfulness has recently gained in exposure–from classrooms to boardrooms to even the military. Many people feel positive about this new culture intended to help us “succeed,” while many others take pause at… read more

“Heart’s earnest and pure desire”– Daily Metta

January 5 The heart’s earnest and pure desire is always fulfilled. -Gandhi (Autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, p. 110)  If you were alive during Gandhi’s day and you wanted to listen to him speak, you would likely attend one of his interfaith prayer meetings. Prayer for Gandhi was more than an empty… read more