Thursday, June 04, 2009

Weekly Meditation - Kindness & Compassion

"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion." -- Kindness, Clarity, and Insight: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso

Little reminders of how to demonstrate your principles and philosophies in everyday life are important to keeping us on the right path.

A common thread among most of the world's religions and philosophies is kindness and compassion toward others.

This quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminds me that kindness and compassion are not just to be shared with people like me, but all people. Whether people believe what I believe, agree with my opinions, or share the same likes and dislikes as me is irrelevant. What is common to all people is an appreciation of kindness and compassion directed toward them.

This week, my practice will be to concentrate on kindness and compassion toward everyone I work with, live with, and communicate with. It might be tough (especially being nice to those I work with :) but it will make their day and my day just a little bit brighter.