Category Archive: Kindness

Kindness

Jan
21

Kindness is not a Sacrifice

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is more to kindness and generosity than the warm feeling it gives us in our hearts. When we give to others, we improve the conditions of the world in which we live. When suffering and scarcity exist, it affects us all in some way. Whether close friends and relatives, neighbors in the same block, …

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Jan
04

7 Ways to Eliminate Post-Holiday Winter Blues

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
-Pietro Aretino

Here are some ideas to keep us warm and hopeful: Decreased physical energy and dynamism are normal this time of year. Allow yourself to be restful, reflective and even somber from time to time. Give yourself permission to enjoy being wrapped in warm, cozy blanket on the couch with a cup of tea or hot …

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Dec
21

Holiday Inspiration

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
-W.J. Cameron

At Christmas time, we all seem to take on bi-polar personalities. We find ourselves filled with passion and thrusting from extreme joy and excitement to extreme frustration and fear. Memories from the past bring warm nostalgic feelings and mournful sorrow. The gift giving tradition fills us with abundance, joy, apprehension and debt. Expectations are high, …

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Dec
20

10 Ways to Practice Kindness

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday, I wrote about 7 Reasons to Practice Kindness. Here are 10 ways: Smile at someone. Listen. Think about what you want more than anything, and offer it to someone else. Volunteer your time. Focus on others’ strengths and offer compliments and kind words. Practice patience by allowing someone else get in front of you …

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Dec
19

7 Reasons to Practice Kindness

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
-Peyton Conway March

To be kind and generous is not a sacrifice, it is a privilege. The gifts we give to others bring more joy and inspiration to ourselves than to the receiver. Here are 7 great reasons to practice kindness and generosity. In gratitude, we find true peace, contentment and satisfaction in life. Giving is an outward …

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Oct
16

Caring, Compassion, Charity

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
-Albert Einstein

We can not contribute to any cause without contributing to ourselves, because we are apart of all that surrounds us. This theme keeps coming up unintentionally in my posts lately. In We’re All Going to Die and We Are the Earth I pointed out that we are a part of the Earth. And today, I …

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Sep
17

Know When to Say “No”

Time is money.
-Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday, I posted 10 Ways to Find Time for Inspiration. This post expands on way #4: Know When to Say “No.” Though service to others is one of the most inspiring ways to spend your time, this does not mean being at others’ beckon call. If you are asked to do something that does not …

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