To live a meaningful life, build a genuine kind heart: remain humble, and help other people. Strive to do no harm to others. Just like with the pursuit of education and knowledge, the pursuit of kindness requires self-discipline and hard work. First, we need to train our mind; second, we need to practice. Practice being kind, saying kind words, doing kind acts, seeing others’ strengths and positive aspects, being genuine, and being patient. We must also practice having awareness of our problems or self-esteem issues, so that we do not engage in projection or put other people down.
It is always important to deeply understand situations. This may involve considering the point of view of the other person. We can practice treating other people in a way that we would like to be treated. Thoughtful, compassionate concern for others helps us let go and forgive too. Such kindness and compassion generate inner peace.
I think kindness is not something that we have or do not have. It is a daily practice which requires self-reflection, discipline, and healthy discussions with others.
I would like to keep practicing…
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. (Dalai Lama)
Affirmation: I enrich my life when I utilize all of my resources to develop and practice kindness.