The thought for today is KINDNESS.
Every day we hear of random and senseless acts of violence. By participating in the counter-revolution of kindness started by Anne Herbert you are contributing to a culture of nonviolence.
“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”
“My religion is kindness”
–The Dalai Lama
Today: I will do something kind for someone for no reason other than to be kind. I will bring beauty to a place where it may be needed without letting anyone know that I was the one who did it. I will write about how it felt and then share this story with someone.
64 Ways in 64 Days Nonviolence Daily Reflections Day 38 – Mar. 8, 2012
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Invisible Acts of Power:
Channeling Grace in Your Everyday Life
Caroline Myss, PhD
Free Press 288 pages 09/04 Paperback $6.00 ISBN: 0743264258
“Years ago I had a conversation with a man who told me that the most important truth he had learned was to be kind. He learned this, he recounted, during a cab ride in New York City. As he was paying the driver, he said, ‘Thank you, sir.’ At this, the driver leaped, ran around the back of the cab, and opened the door for his passenger. Startled, the man got out and said to the cab driver, ‘You didn’t have to do that,’ to which the driver responded, ‘I wanted to. You are the first person in this country to honor me by calling me sir, and I thank you for that respect.’ The man had never before considered the power inherent in a respectful gesture, but from them on, kindness became the pillar on which he built his life and the legacy he hoped to pass on to his children. That exchange, he said, changed his life.” – Excerpt on the spiritual practice of kindness
Book Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, from Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys copyright © 1970 – 2009
“All of life’s lessons can be summarized in one word: power. The goal of human experience is to transform ourselves from beings who long to attain power in the physical world to beings who draw power from within,” writes Caroline Myss, PhD, bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, and Sacred Contracts. She has been studying people’s relationship with personal power for two decades and in this sturdy work, she includes many stories of kindness, generosity, and service submitted to her website by fans.
Myss believes that our lives will be enriched once we surrender to divine guidance which comes in the form of our intuition. She goes one step further by affirming, “To this day, the saints and angels are invisible forces in my life. Yet I also have a faith in an even greater power: the energy, or grace, that animates our seemingly impersonal but intimately interconnected universe. We receive infusions of grace on a daily basis, but in the middle of the everyday tasks of making a living and taking care of our family and friends, we can miss its subtle power. Grace holds together the whole of our life — and all of our lives collectively. It watches over us and will come to our aid if we ask.”
But honoring grace and following our intuition are not easy in a culture that measures power in terms of money, status, fame, or material possessions. Myss debunks three myths about power: 1. Life is a battle between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” There is not enough to go around. 2. When you empower someone else, you give him or her power over you. 3. Material power guarantees success.
The author is convinced that we can all become miracle workers by practicing acts of generosity and compassion. She links these good deeds to the seven levels of power in the body called the chakras and spells out their meaning in gifts of the earth, gifts of financial and creative support, gifts of self-esteem, gifts of the heart, gifts of choice, gifts of wisdom, and gifts of the spirit. Putting others ahead of ourselves is an empowering act that transfers energy to them and gratification to us. Giving does not diminish our energy — it increases it. Generosity and compassion are virtues that work wonders for our minds, bodies, and souls. Also important are acts of prayer and healing through which we connect with others in a meaningful way.
We loved her use of the movie Grand Canyon to illustrate way everyday angels and synchronicities can transform people’s lives if they just surrender to them with an open mind and an open heart. Invisible Acts of Power is a timely work on a subject that interests many people: personal power and what we do with our energy.
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