I've been posting a lot lately on facebook and instagram about kindness. As I continue to write my book and work toward being an enlightened, awakened being and trying to raise conscious kids who are in-tune with their highest selves, I always come back to kindness. I think kindness, along with empathy, is at the root of it all.
When you are feeling stuck, when you are doubting yourself and your faith, stop and open your heart. Help someone. Smile at someone in the grocery store. Give up your spot on line to someone who is in a rush. Hold the door. It is really very simple. You could be the only one who smiles at that person today. Or you could be the only one who holds the door or helps carry their groceries. We don't know what others are going through and something that takes very little effort on our part can be the thing that gets someone else through their day.
If we are stuck, practicing kindness can be the thing we need to shift us from doubt to faith, from fear to allowing, from lack to abundance and from complaining to feeling grateful. But there is also a much larger picture here. Love and kindness heals. It not only heals us as individuals, but it can heal the world. I am reading "A Course in Miracles Made Easy", by Alan Cohen. I just finished chapter 9 which is titled "The End of Suffering". In this chapter he talks about hearing an analogy about Hitler. Hitler was raised by an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother. Imagine the dysfunction with which he was raised. The speaker was asking the audience to imagine someone showing little Adolph love, kindness and compassion. Those acts of kindness and love could have been what he needed to offset his path of hate and destruction. The second, equally important point, was that Hitler alone did not kill millions of people. Millions of soldiers collaborated in his evil, and millions of others stood by. "The problem was not one crazed man. The problem was that a nation followed him". When I read that quote, it hit me. People are living in fear and fear is taking over. We follow and go along with others in power because we are scared. Hating others because we are fearful is not the answer. Hate breeds more hate. Love. Compassion. Kindness. These are the answers and the starting place. Kindness can change the course. And it starts with each one of us. We don't have to save the world. As Alan Cohen says, "Your assignment is the piece of the world you touch". Let's all start there and see what unfolds.