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“Little things mean a lot.” This is true for some, but not for others. Some people notice the little things and some do not. However, I’ve come to definitely know that the Infinite Love Intelligence that is guiding us all counts everything, every little thing.
Because all is One — one life, One mind — there is nothing against us, everything is for us, eternally. No matter how it may seem, nothing is ever against us.
Everything works together for good. There are no exceptions, except in the ego’s opinion. A Course In Miracles
Know that we’re not punished for our unloving choices, but we do feel the effect of them. We’re never punished, because that’s not the most effective way to teach anyone. Experiencing the consequences is different than being punished.
In fact, what greater punishment could someone subject us to than having us experience what it’s like to be, even momentarily, out of the flow of Love? We do it to ourselves.
I can honestly say that I sometimes am not kind. I get frustrated and I’m irritable. I’m not frustrated with others, I’m frustrated by my own ineffectiveness and my challenges communicating. It’s true. And every time I course-correct with kindness, my heart is healed a bit more. Kindness has transformed my life. It is a living spiritual practice of Love.
I have known spiritual students who were extremely dedicated in their practices and study, but who were highly reactive and who were actually mean and attacking of other spiritual students and teachers. We’re all on a journey. Me, too. AND a dedication to being kind has helped me to change my heart.
Here are some reasons to make kindness important that have really worked for me:
- You will immediately feel better about yourself when you’re kind to others.
- Offering kindness to others IS being kind to your own physical, emotional, and mental bodies and being. It’s unkind to let yourself be agitated and inflame your emotional body.
- Being kind puts us in the flow of Love and immediately shifts the energy. This makes us naturally grateful, and gratitude raises our vibration and makes us more receptive to good in all it’s forms, including intuition.
- When we’re kind in the face of unkindness, we can shift the energy and turn the tide, and sometimes that wakes another person up from their dream of feeling separate and that life is a battle – we redeem them back into their loving heart as we expand our own. WOW!
- It inspires others. People are looking for models of happiness. Seeing you be kind lifts the hearts of others and ignites the Love in them.
- People notice when others are kind and they learn from the specifics of what you do by your example. It gives people ideas of how to live a more loving life.
Here are some ways to make kindness important so that you don’t forget.
Every choice we makes sends a karmic ripple throughout the Universe. Rather than fear that, which stokes the fire of feeling bad and wrong, we can make a conscious choice in each moment to add something that brings benefit.
One way to bring tremendous benefit is to be kind. Yup. Kindness is always a smart move.
There are times when it’s REALLY challenging for the personality to be kind. We resist it. We fight against it. Sometimes, it doesn’t even occur to us. But still, we CAN make kindness important, if we choose to.
Think of it this way: Imagine you decided you were now going to incorporate images of hearts and angels into your decor, your jewelry and clothing, and your whole life. You would start to look for those things. You’d think of stores that might carry those things. You’d make an effort to go and look there. If you were going to go to a museum, you might make a decision to go to the gift shop and spend a few minutes looking around in there for an item with a heart or an angel that you could bring home, when normally you might avoid the bookstore. That’s the idea.
Ask your Higher Holy Spirit Self to make new opportunities to extend kindness to flash like a neon sign in your heart and mind. Look for ways you can be more considerate.
DECIDE this is how you’re going to live now.
You’re morphing into the kindest version of yourself.
Before you go into a meeting, a party, or a conversation with other people, affirm that you’re bringing your Higher Holy Spirit Self, the Mighty I AM Presence of you to go before you to lead and guide you, to alert you to the opportunities to extend kindness.
Of course, it doesn’t work if you are trying to get validation or recognition. Giving to someone in order to get something from them is co-dependency and manipulation. Let’s not kid ourselves about that. Bottom line: giving to get isn’t kind.
Being kind comes from a generosity of heart. It’s not that it’s better to give than to receive. It’s not. Everything we receive, we receive from Spirit as It’s the only Source. If we don’t receive, we have nothing to share. Receiving is essential.
Giving and receiving without attachment is what we’re learning to practice.
Every year in our Masterful Living Community we share so many wonderful stories of transformation of the other people in our lives because they are practicing non-judgment and kindness. It’s a deep and challenging practice. It’s also powerfully healing at all levels.
Being kind is a basic spiritual practice that we can share with our family, our co-workers, and our community. It makes a much bigger difference than we can even know. I cannot tell you how many times people have told me how much they learned from seeing me be kind to someone who was being aggressively rude with me.
It doesn’t mean we’re a doormat. Not at all. Being kind doesn’t mean putting up with other people’s meanness. It means understanding that when others are mean and unkind, they are not in their right mind. We can go to Spirit ask how to answer their cry for Love.
A Course in Miracles tells us that our brothers and sisters are our greatest help in awakening from the dream of separation. They redeem us as we redeem them – if we’re willing.
Dream softly of your sinless brother, who unites with you in holy innocence. And from this dream the Lord of Heaven will Himself awaken His beloved Son. Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. And do not brush aside his many gifts because he is not perfect in your dreams. He represents his Father, Whom you see as offering both life and death to you.
Brother, He gives but life. Yet what you see as gifts your brother offers represent the gifts you dream your Father gives to you. Let all your brother’s gifts be seen in light of charity and kindness offered you. And let no pain disturb your dream of deep appreciation for his gifts to you. ACIM T-27.VII.15 & 16
Practicing in this way, simple acts of kindness ripple through our lives spreading Love and gratitude and they definitely can improve our ability to be happy.
Kindness IS happy making.
Let’s make the most of every opportunity and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer this “Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!
We’re all on a journey of relinquishing the blocks to Love, and there is so much help for us in the invisible. Kindness helped me to heal my life and my heart. We are never alone, we do it together. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together, we truly are answering our call to BE the Love. YES!
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