The spiritual practices we have talked about so far in this series all share a common goal: to awaken the spirit within.
They lift the veil of illusion so we can clearly see that we are more than our earthly selves: We are powerful souls connected to Divine Love.
The practices enable us to see the world through sacred eyes. And to lead our lives from this higher perspective.
Everything looks different from here, right? It's kinder. It's clearer. It's more loving.
As we continue our series on Spiritual Practices in Times of Crisis, (find the previous posts in the series here), we look outside of ourselves to those who will cross our paths and our minds. Today we look at:
Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you're already in heaven now.
- Jack Kerouac
All of us want to know that we are here for a reason and that our lives will make an impact on other lives.
It's not too much to ask to want to change the world.
And we can. What we do and think matters. A lot.
Especially when we practice the transformative power of kindness.
I know. It sounds like a small thing. But don't underestimate this superpower of virtues.
Kindness changes the world one heart at a time.
SILENT KINDNESS: BLESSING OTHERS
Each one of us holds a light in the center of our being that is connected to all other hearts. It has the power to lift and to transform.
I think that's why this simple thought was Every Day Spirit's most shared post last month: When someone crosses your mind, bless them.
It's quiet. It's easy. It's gentle. Yet it changes things.
My friend, Maria, after reading the Every Day Spirit pages about blessing others, made this part of her spiritual practice. While walking to the store, preparing to teach yoga class or gardening - she is constantly showering people and events with the quiet hum of Bless you.
Most of you know how I try to answer most of the comments on the daily Facebook posts. Each morning as I write back to you, in my heart I am showering you with light - blessing you and all of your intentions for the day. As my fingers tap the keys, my heart says, Bless you.
When given generously from a heart of love, this humble act shines the light of comfort on the receiver.
In his inspiring book, The Gentle Art of Blessing, Pierre Pradervand tells us that, “To bless means to wish, unconditionally and from the deepest chamber of your heart, unrestricted good for others and events.”
And this: “To bless all without distinction is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray that burst through the clouds of their skies…”
We can be that ray of light.
Whenever anyone crosses our path or our mind, we can get in the habit of offering them a quick blessing.
It's a powerful silent kindness.
(More on blessing others on the April 28 page of the Daybook.)
I think of kindness as love in action. Small things with great love.
Like kind words of encouragement. A genuine smile. A gentle compliment. Inviting someone to go ahead of you. Picking up something that dropped. Opening a door.
Easy and powerful.
Our words and actions wield power, especially the beautiful, kind ones.
We lose nothing by spreading them liberally throughout our day, and as these loving beams of light come through us to others, we find ourselves in the path of that gift of healing too.
Look for the possibilities, the chances, the openings, the opportunities, the small words, the humble moments—to be kind.
Make it a habit.