Nurturing seeds of kindness

By: Marjory Mejia

   “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~  Attributed to Plato

        “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~ Attributed to Plato. But what does it mean to be kind, to show kindness to ourselves, to each other, to this sacred earth, to all those who came before us & to those brave ones yet to come?

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
~Naomi Shihab Nye

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“The tender gravity of kindness”

Kindness is liberating medicine; it is the hidden language of the heart that flows and reveals itself in a soft whisper, a smile, a gentle touch, an encouraging word, a moment of recognition, a gesture that extends our heart in the expression of the oneness that we are.

Dear ones, today my heart feels the story that spins its web from the “tender gravity of kindness.” The heart is vast and can hold space for so much: the pain of so many around the world, the beauty of compassion born in moments of kinship, the prayers for the healing of the human soul.

May seeds of kindness blossom in every heart. May they be nurtured and lovingly protected, for the benefit of all life..

Wishing kindness to all our relations,

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Apr 18, 2013
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2 responses to “Nurturing seeds of kindness”

  1. Amanda H says:

    absolutely inspiring. thanks for sharing, x

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