The world of today, especially in the U.S., is one of turmoil and stress. There seems to be more and more examples of hate, cruelty, and meanness. People are overloaded with anxiety and fearfulness, stress. And as we mentioned in the last post, stress can wear away our feelings of kindness.
This seems to be what is happening now. The more stress, the less kindness, and folks succomb to being more unkind. People who never showed that kind of response in the past are shocking us with their meanness. Our "capacity for love and belonging can erode if you don't exercise kindness." *
We must become Kindness Warriors. Begin by practicing intentional kindness. Look for ways to be kind to others and to yourself. Exercise the gift you have been given to be kind. That is how we heal the world.
Even if we can't solve all the world's unkindness, the meanness, we have the power of kindnesss. The act of caring in the face of powerlessness to change the whole world is what matters. The act of caring, the intention follwed by action is powerful.
A compassionate mind is a warrior's mind. To understand our self-nature, as well as the self-nature of humanity, we should focus on what has beauty and dignity among humankind. Doing so will rid you of a fearful mind and change it into a spiritual warrior's mind. Chogyam Trungpa, tibetan Buddhist teacher.
*The Kindness Cure, How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart & Your World, by Tara Cousineau, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, Inc.2018