If you have been reading my meditations for awhile, you probably know that every year being kind is my New Year's resolution. The simplest way to learn about kindness is to be kind to another and note how it feels in your body. You may feel more relaxed, and your mind may be more peaceful, because you are not dwelling on your own concerns in those moments.
Kindness is a win-win situation. The recipient and the giver both get a boost. And, what could be better than that?
I heard Bill Gates talking on how the Dutch people were showing kindness by contributing greatly to fund vaccines against AIDS for newborns. He pointed out that this kindness was an inspiration to other countries to be kind in this way. Kudos to Bill Gates for speaking out; he looked radiant and enthusiastic while talking.
I call this practical spirituality. Living the virtues is the reason there are virtues in the first place, which do not serve anyone when they sit in The Holy Book from week to week.
Here is a guided meditation to bring awareness of kindness to the forefront:
Choose a quiet and private place. If you’re sitting on a cushion on the floor, fold your legs in and sit up straight. If you’re sitting on a chair plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor.
Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Now take a breath in on one count, and let it out on one count, breathe in on one count, breathe out on one count. Keep up this even rhythm throughout your meditation without actually saying the counts.
Turn your attention to thoughts of kindness. Visualize yourself at the ocean walking along the beach. Up ahead you see a small child looking lost. As you reach the child you stop and look around for the parent. After a minute the parent comes running to their lost child.
Now, how do you feel having giving comfort to the child by your caring presence? It feels good. That feeling of satisfaction is kindness in action.
Now come back to your regular consciousness in your meditation place. Resolve to act with kindness when tempted to ignore or be sharp with another.
To finish your meditation, take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Open your eyes. Write out any insights in your meditation journal that have come to you. Stretch out and go on with your day in a happy and kind way.
Kind in mind
Feeling fine -
Kind in action
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