Of all the qualities that augment good in the world, I believe kindness is number one. Kindness is a doorway to the heart. It is something we learn (or not) from childhood. If we have not been treated kindly, we have to make it a conscious practice. Kindness begets kindness.
So many children today suffer from neglect or abuse. I worry for our future that the children we are raising do not have the modeling or training to grow compassion for the world around them.
Experience has taught me that the things we have lacked in our own childhood often become the focus of our learning later in life. I have not always felt kind, or acted kindly, but it is my intention now to be kind as much of the time as possible. When I fall short it is usually because I have neglected to take good care of myself.
This morning as I meditated in my garden I felt the soft sea air around me, and watched the first sunlight fill the tops of trees. I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular when the word kindness dropped in. Nature was teaching me. Tears of gratitude spilled down my cheeks as I remembered the mantra which my late brother, Richard, sent me several years ago. I invite you to join me in saying it every day.
LOVING KINDNESS MANTRA
May I be safe and protected.
May I be free from fear.
May I be peaceful.
May I live with ease and with kindness.
How do you practice kindness?