A Simple Act of Kindness

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The simple acts of kindness are far more powerful

than thousands of heads bowing in prayer.

Mahatma Gandhi

I love the idea of simplicity in spiritual pursuits. What a delight to know that you can start from where you are at this very minute.  Right now!  While you are reading these words!  You don’t have to embark on some major change in your life.  Just this small one, and you are on your way.

Everyone wants to feel good and experience joy in everyday life. When embarking on a spiritual path, we may have visions of what this entails.  Maybe we think we will need to sit in meditation for long periods of time.  We may expect going on retreats or to workshops, doing yoga poses or studying and chanting.  Perhaps we will need to pray more or be silent at certain times of the day. All of these are powerful means in themselves.  Yet, it is important to start from where you are now — in the world of interaction with others walking the planet along with you. You can be kind. Right now!

The prolific writer, Henry James, said this:

Three things in human life are important; the first is to be kind;

the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

Even the smallest gesture of kindness can have a transformational effect on someone else and, in so doing, on you yourself .  How about this:

  • Do something nice and unexpected for a spouse,  a co-worker, your child
  • Send an email to a friend you know who is facing a rough time right now
  • Pick up the phone and call an elderly friend or family member and spread some sunshine into their day
  • Say something kind and uplifting to the person checking you out of the store
  • Offer a warm smile to someone you pass on the street
  • Leave an unexpected note complimenting someone
  • Look in the mirror and say kind and loving words to yourself

Even the smallest act of kindness will resonate, and you will feel good at that moment.  String them all together, and you might feel good all day.

I recently attended an event at which the Dalai Lama spoke.  It was me and 3500 other people, all gathered to hear this venerable Buddhist teacher speak about compassion.  Tickets for this event were not easy to obtain. The night before, just by chance, a friend happened to have an extra ticket and invited me. What impressed me the most was the simplicity, humility, and gentleness of the man.   While he did not utter these words on the day I saw him, here is a quote from His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV:

My religion is very simple.

My religion is kindness.

What if we all made this our religion?  What a wonderful world it could be!  And you can try it out right now — with a simple act of kindness.

Pass it on!

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

One response »

  1. Such a SIMPLY lovely post and inspires me to be kinder! Thank you Deanne! I love your reminders of wonderful ways to think, pray and behave!!!

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