kindfulness

8 02 2017

Kindness is considerably underrated as a characteristic. Not as elegant as love, as risqué as passion, or as productive as activism, kindness often sits somewhere around beige in the colour-spectrum of attributes. It just sounds a bit… boring.

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Kindness. It’s so everyday, though. Love is special, passion is exciting, activism is life-changing, but kindness…? Those little everyday things. Holding a door open. For the third person that pushes through. Not scowling when the parent pushes the pushchair out from between the parked cars to cross the road – smile and wave them across. Clearing away someone else’s coffee cup in the staff room. Checking the person you fouled in football is ok. A kind word, a hello, noticing people.

Like the socks that prevent your feet from chafing, the sip of water that eases your voice, or a glimpse of sunshine on a dull day. Nothing major. Probably not many people will notice.

But these everyday little things are so very important. That’s why kindness is nestled in the middle of the things called the fruits of the spirit in the bible, between patience and goodness. It’s not a hierarchy. It’s called living, in community, living looking outwards, seeing others, noticing them, and just being kind.

We live in a busy world amidst so many demands and so much impatience and so much unkindness. To live well within this world, and to challenge it, I think it is good to practice inner calm, through mindfulness, but also to spread calm through it’s outward-looking twin, kindfulness. It’s only small. But small is good. Start now.

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9 02 2017
webstercamino

I’ve never thought of kindness as beige, but I get your point. I think kindness is revelatory of where we are at spiritually. Love and the others virtues can be planned, exercised, developed, but kindness is that lovely little gesture that just pops out when needed….or not. It’s like that image of a glass full of water. When it gets jostled it spills. So like us when we get jostled we spill out whatever we are full of. So when I’m attentive, these moments can give me a clue about my spiritual well being.

I do enjoy your reflections Kevin. Keep up the good work.

9 02 2017
Kevin

Thanks – I like the image of the glass that spills whatever it’s full of! Thanks for the encouragement.

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