Kindness

Ahimsa means do not injure or do no harm.  Ahimsa, within Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, promotes the sacredness of all living things.  Ahimsa also promotes a posture of non-violence.  To do no harm to living creatures is beautiful.  If we really want to be radical towards all living creatures, be kind.  What is the most kind response we can offer to any given situation?  This can be challenging in the face of aggression, violence and various forms of hostility.  Kindness wears many faces. Silence. Restraint. Appropriate Force. Kindness must become part of our way of life if we’re to apply it appropriately, spontaneously and fluidly throughout our daily journey.  Learning to be kind means being willing to fail, fall and make missteps along the way in mastering the call to kindness.  This is a lifelong work. In the face of the demands of the holidays we have the perfect laboratory to begin the discipline of kindness.  We begin with our family and friends. We extend this kindness eventually towards all. Keep it simple. Keep it kind. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller

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Like water, the sage abides in a humble place;  
in meditation, without desire;  
in thoughtfulness, profound,  
and in all dealings, kind.  
In speech, sincerity guides the person of Tao,  
and as a leader, just.  
In management, competence is her aim,  
and she ensures the pacing is correct.

Chapter 8 – Tao Te Ching

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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it’s not irritable or resentful; it doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7