Does kindness really matter? In a world that is running fast, expecting much, and low on patience, why bother with being kind? For me, kindness curbs my impatience and slows time. Kindness forces eye contact and therefore connection. Kindness makes me see others and makes me feel seen.
“On a simple, practical level, kindness creates a sense of warmth and openness that allows us to communicate more easily with other people. We discover that all human beings are just like us, so we are able to relate to them more easily. That generates a spirit of friendship in which there is less need to hide what we feel or what we are doing.” the Dalai Lama
You can kill them with kindness, a tactic to get what you want or need from someone else. You can put a smile on your face to get through a day that doesn’t bring you a smile on its own. To generate authentic kindness, you must feel the other in front of you matters, as another imperfect human just trying to make it through each day. And, you must be willing to share that love that is the basis of kindness. Share it widely.
Consider what it takes to generate kindness – how much energy must you call from within to be kind? In contrast, how much energy is taken from you when you are impatient, rushed and even rude? Consider what you get when you give kindness to others?
Join us on Thursday the 15th of March, 9:30-11am at Grace Church on Day Road, Bainbridge Island to explore KINDNESS together. We will dig deep into the Dalai Lama’s words, share stories of the kindness we have felt from the world, the benefits of kindness to our hearts, our minds and our souls, and the challenges to call forth kindness on a regular basis. We always welcome first time guests who would like the opportunity to be surrounded by others who come to learn, reflect, and share over coffee/tea and a lovely treat while our littles are well taken care of in the nursery on site. Will we see you there?