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Kindness seems like a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s word, judgement. Once we remove judgement, there is much more room for kindness. It might seem simplistic, but wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we simply replaced judgement with kindness?
I’ve always considered myself to be a ‘nice’ person. I’m usually helpful and thoughtful. I find joy in doing things for others and giving of myself.
Yet, I know that sometimes I’m selfish with my kindness. I offer some, but not quite as much as I could...as if my kindness supply could run out? I forget that a kind act has a ripple and boomerang effect...creating more kindness for others and for me.
How do we cultivate a habit of choosing kindness?
I recall my very first experience with the loving-kindness meditation technique. I remember having the basic idea explained to me before beginning...
Silently bestow thoughts of love and kindness on myself and others.
It was incredibly powerful. I came away from that meditation feeling lighter and more connected to all of humanity.
I’ve reached an age where that connection is vital for my happiness. I’m profoundly aware that I am a tiny part of a much greater whole.
If you’d like to try a loving kindness meditation, here are three versions.
The first two are videos and the third is written.
Metta Loving Kindness Guided Meditation by Kirsten Johnson
Loving Kindness Meditation by WiseMindBody
Meditation on Lovingkindness by Jack Kornfield
How well do you receive kindness?
How do you practice kindness in your daily life?
Is it easier to be kind to yourself or others?
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