In today’s bully infested world, kindness is seen as weakness.
You and I both know that simply isn't true.
Who wants to live in a world where we pull each other down and make each other wrong?
Instead, let's support one another, help us reach up and become our higher selves.
Which is why I'm making a stand for kindness.
Think about it.
How do you feel when you’re mean or cruel to someone?
Now think about how you feel when you’re kind.
Like fear, kindness is contagious.
It can shower the world like water quenching a wild fire.
And, it really is easy.
It starts with a smile.
A caring word to a stranger.
A “thank you.”
That feeling of gratitude in your heart.
Doing something because.
Handing a stranger a tissue.
Holding the door open.
Waving at a car.
Kindness is like a secret weapon. Not only does it impact the receiver, it impacts the giver too.
So today, I have 2 special kindness offerings.
The first is access to a meditation guiding you through the Metta Bhavana, a Buddhist phrase and practice that means loving kindness.
This is a specific Buddhist prayer to help you foster loving kindness. The idea is to cultivate this feeling within your self and then express it to all sentient beings.
The guided meditation follows the steps as I learned them:
1. Focus on yourself. Feel love, compassion and caring for YOU.
2. Now imagine a loved one standing in front of you. Shower this person with that same love, light and healing.
3. Thirdly, envision in front of you a person with whom you have no relationship – think about your postal worker, a shopkeeper or bus driver. Send this same love and healing light to this person.
4. The next person to come before you is someone with whom you have a conflict or issue. Imagine that person standing directly in front of you. See him or her surrounded by love, healing, kindness and light.
5. Lastly, send this beautiful energy out to blanket the entire world.
Practicing the Metta Bhavana will help you create and stay in a place of kindness throughout your day. It's a powerful prayer and practice. Every time I do it, it profoundly alters my day.
And as a special bonus, I’ve added a poem for you called Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye. I heard it over the weekend and learned that it has provided much solace to people over the years. Here is a beautiful link to it, enjoy.
Join me is fostering living kindness within your own being. Both yourself and the world will be grateful.