What is kindness? The dictionary gives us the synonyms of tenderness, compassion, friendliness, benevolence and grace. And, how is kindness recognized? It is in you already, and thus you recognize it in others.
We learned in the Master Key Experience kindness is the handmaiden to harmony, and we must be in harmony with Universal Mind and the seven Laws of the Mind in order to manifest our earnest desires.
In spiritual studies, we are taught about Chesed in the Hebrew bible and Metta in Buddhism. Both of these are translated in English to lovingkindness. Lovingkindness is the act of tenderness and compassion to oneself and to others.
In Buddhism, the Metta meditation is specifically performed to educe lovingkindness. In the difficult times we are living in, it seems difficult to imagine that we could soften our hearts and find kindness amid all of the suffering we hear about daily.
Yet, loving-kindness is taught in many ways by different teachers. And, ultimately, it is the answer to hatred and antipathy. It is a state is developed through practices that help us cultivate the unconditional, expansive qualities of the heart.
When I am the beneficiary of a kindness, it transforms my mental attitude and my perspective for the day, week, month. In fact, I can bring my feelings of gratitude for that kindness back into my focus at any time I wish. A single kindness can create ripples in consciousness that are in-ending.
Likewise, when I perform a kindness for others, I have feelings of gratitude for the sense of appreciation the beneficiary experiences. I also can access these feelings of gratitude, knowing I have helped to lift up someone else, at any time.
Thus, giving and receiving kindnesses forms the basis for a positive mental attitude. It is only by holding positive thoughts that we all can be in harmony with the Universal Mind, and utilize the seven Laws of the Mind in service to others.
I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
’Til next time,