Recently, I wrote a post about Mindfulness and its relationship to kindness, which generated close to 6 times the usual visits. Which inspired me because I have had my own struggles with my resolution of being kinder. Essentially, kindness inward becomes kindness outward. Certainly this sounds like a nice play with words, the idea is quite fundamental - if you aren't genuinely kind to yourself, how kind, and for what reasons, will you be kind toward others? Much like the idea if you don't love yourself, how can you love someone else? 

This is not to say that any kindness is not worthy. Kindness is kindness after all. Simply, that the more genuine the kindness, the more genuinely it will be received. So kindness isn't a moment, an hour, a day or a weekend. It becomes part of you. To offer wisdom much greater than any, if any, I possess, these are the closing remarks from the Dalai Lama in the wake of the tragedy of Twin Towers in New York, more than a decade ago, and the death of so many people:

They are looking to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking to you for love. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 

His remarks were aimed at the living victims. But I'm struck by two things. First, if you remove the scale of destruction, bring it down to the person-to-person level these are universal needs and desires, perhaps not even recognized by people. Second, 'My religion is kindness.' I interpret this as me saying 'my life is kindness' which, after 4 months seems like the core of my thinking. 
So on this weekend, special to many, may you be happy and safe, may you be healthy and unafraid. And may you keep in mind this  from the Dalai Lama:

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.                                                                                                                                 

peace and light - Jack and Hank
 





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