Welcome to Day 38 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.
Day 38: KINDNESS
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, [and] kindness in your smile." ~ Mother Teresa
It is easy to be kind. All that is required is that you see yourself in everyone you meet. If we truly see each other as reflections and different versions of ourselves, kindness becomes a natural act. Being considerate, thoughtful, generous and loving with everyone expresses the respect we all want and deserve to receive.
Everyday we hear of random and senseless acts of violence. Be kind today. Participate in the counter-revolution of kindness started by Anne Herbert. Perform three random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
Let someone pull in front of you in traffic. Smile at someone who is having a hard day. Be aware of the opportunities for kindness that are all around you. At the end of your day, journal about or contemplate how much kindness you chose to show and how it felt to be kind or choose not to be.