What does ‘kindness’ mean?
We all help daily in one way or another, this is human nature, and a much-needed approach to life in our present circumstances of what is happening in the world. But do we really understand why we help others?
Are there reasons behind our motivations?
We have many reasons for helping others, are they truly altruistic. In our hearts, we truly want to help others but if we look deep inside, we will see our intentions on a deeper level. Do we want recognition, to feel good, to fit into society, because it is expected of us, to receive something in return, to ‘get’ better Karma. If we meditate on this and be truly honest with ourselves, we will see ‘self-gratification’.
Many of us experience a sense of ‘altruism’ at some point in our lives. If we continue to meditate, we may notice some ‘altruism’ where we spontaneously have helped another person or animal in an emergency or from a deeply felt belief, such as acts towards our own children, family members or in times of disaster or war – in situations where we know there is nothing to be gained.
These moments are recognised as ‘true acts of kindness. So why do we wait for ‘true acts of kindness’ to be only for our own family, in times of disaster, emergency or war’, why don’t we practice this now? Here are some definitions of ‘true acts of kindness for us to practice daily.
Now think of 10 of your own!
By Anita Lennox