Saturday, October 2, 2010

kindness and compassion

kind words

So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies
And downwards to the depths ~ from the Metta Sutta

Kindness and compassion – they add such beauty to our living experiences. My parents always taught us to think of others, to extend ourselves to others, to look to ease others’ discomforts and to assist them in their needs. We always volunteered. It just comes naturally because it’s how I was raised. I don’t even think about it. I’m thankful for their gift and teaching.

My granddaughters laugh because I talk to everyone; I compliment the sales clerk on her earrings … and she shares a story of how they were passed down in her family. I talk to a couple enjoying lunch at Disneyland … and they tell me about their engagement. I talk to strangers every chance I get. People are just so wonderful when we see them through the eyes of kindness.

I smile when I drive: at other drivers, at pedestrians, at cyclists. It’s so beautiful when I get a big smile back!

My parents encouraged us to always think of how our actions affect the next person. When I drive, I try to anticipate if another driver will need to merge into my lane … and I slow down to allow them the room to change safely. In my yoga class, I always take a few minutes at the end of class to sort and arrange the yoga blocks so they’re nicely set up for use by the yogis in the next class.

We are all part of a Divine Consciousness, one Body, one Love Energy permeating through the separateness that we encounter in our physical selves. Goodness toward one is goodness toward all. Let us be good to one another. Let us be good to our selves.

May you give and receive kindness, compassion and goodness. Namaste

7 comments:

Laura said...

You are such a beautiful soul Rose. My kids always "oh MOM" me when I strike up conversations with strangers...especially my older daughter, because she is very shy, it makes her uncomfortable...but perhaps someday it will be easier for her...my mom did the same thing and I too would look away, embarrassed...so there is hope for my 16 year old. It can really change the whole atmosphere in a room when you smile and say kind things to people...I find this all the time at doctors offices and at the infusion clinic...really, it's like this electric joy that shifts a room full of sad, uncomfortable patients and nurses to happy, easy beings. In this small way, we are all very powerful!

blessings to you dear one

Laura said...

You are such a beautiful soul Rose. My kids always "oh MOM" me when I strike up conversations with strangers...especially my older daughter, because she is very shy, it makes her uncomfortable...but perhaps someday it will be easier for her...my mom did the same thing and I too would look away, embarrassed...so there is hope for my 16 year old. It can really change the whole atmosphere in a room when you smile and say kind things to people...I find this all the time at doctors offices and at the infusion clinic...really, it's like this electric joy that shifts a room full of sad, uncomfortable patients and nurses to happy, easy beings. In this small way, we are all very powerful!

blessings to you dear one

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I wish more people were like you, Rose!

Lori Webster said...

The ability to be kind and gentle doesn't come naturally to everyone, so I admire those who make it seem so effortless. Seems sometimes that these attributes aren't as valued today as they once were. We all should make a decision to be more tolerant and kind.

dec0r8or said...

Ha! I was reading Laura's comment and thinking "HEy, that's ME!" Kathleen is right at the age where if I say one wrong thing, she's turning away and saying "Mooooom....GEEZ!" LOL! I feel like I'm walking on eggshells, but I remember feeling the same thing when I was her age and my mother was chatting up the grocery store clerks. She may complain now, but I'm hoping that just as my mother's kindness rubbed off on me, mine will do the same for my kid too. :) I like to spread the cheer when I can! Happy Sunday to you, dear Rose!

Connie said...

Rose, you have such a sweet spirit that people automatically respond to you. Your an angel! I would so love to meet you and your family one day.

Hugs,
Connie

Laura said...

Hi sweetie have a surprise waiting for you at my blog :)