Never underestimate the value of kindness.
“Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.” ~Jack Kornfield~
It is said that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Choose to be one who brings this lovely energy to the planet. Whether you rescue a spider, listen to a stranger, hold space for your child or help another to see their own beauty, walk gently upon the earth.
We live in a time of ego-generated opinions. The contrasts of belief systems seem to be widening. Things appear chaotic. And yet… we are on the verge of tremendous growth and breakthrough. Great change is always proceeded by disruption. Most people expect (or even seek) push-back, thus allowing the ego to feed existing negative energy through debate. When others seem to want conflict, give kindness.
As spiritual students, we are learning to rise above ego. There is no need to be right. Our actions and insights should bring a new energy to our life situations. Rather than repeating old ideas and behaviors, seek instead to embrace a new way of being. Educate others by showing what authentic loving-kindness looks like.