Welcome to Kindness week! From the moment I decided that I would be changing which Bliss Habits I would study, I knew that Kindness had to be a part of things. As a mother my biggest wish is that my daughter grow up to be kind. I believe Kindness is the hallmark attribute of a life well lived.
When Tamara was asked for her weekly photo she said “I felt that kindness was best expressed by the Buddhists. “Loving Kindness” is the cornerstone of the Buddhist teachings. I could have orchestrated a moment but felt Khyentse was the true embodiment of kindess, At least to me…”
I think she was spot on! The face of a person living in kindness is very moving don’t you think?
By January Handl
Kindness is like a mystery seed,
where there is no possible way
of truly understanding
what can grow from the planting,
no possible comprehension
of the potential expansion
that may spring forth from
the tiniest of containers.
It unfurls from the true center of one-ness-
the very core of our shared vulnerability:
Shared silence of awe or peace
A sweet touch,
Heart met eyes,
Each kernel can blossom
into showers of traveling
flowering into a world
that hungers to make more
of the beautiful
aroma of love.
Thank you for that January. We never know how far a kindness may reach do we?
In the Theravadin Buddhist tradition, Mettā, the practice of Kindness, begins with cultivating loving-kindness towards yourself, and then loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings. So, let’s start our Kindness exploration with an essential Bliss Initiative to be Kind to the person in the mirror.
Think about how you might treat a small child and gift your self the same courtesies.
- Notice yourself doing good
- Reflect on your good qualities
- If you make a mistake -forgive yourself
- Make time for self care
- Acknowledge your successes
Let us know in the comments how you will be kind to yourself today!
Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!
Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.
Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband 🙂
January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years, and currently is an early head start home visitor in her community. She resides with 2 dogs and a cat in Boulder Creek and and simply lives in awe of existence.
She calls her photo “hot tub bliss” 🙂