Creating a Kindness Practice in 2016

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Given the current state of the world, it is hard to believe that kindness is a virtue valued in every culture.  The effects of kindness are so profound that every generation of every society speaks of its vital importance through its sages.    In ancient China, Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of Taoism, told his world, “Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates Love.”  In classical Greece, Plato admonished his fellow citizens to, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Much closer to us in time and geography, George Sand, nineteenth century French novelist and essayist, instructed her readers to, “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”  We are all recipients of kindness at one time or another, and each of us knows first hand that kindness is what makes life both meaningful and joyful.  With this in mind, I’m suggesting we all develop a Kindness Practice in 2016.

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