Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The role of conscious determination

Here's an inspiring paragraph by Lama Surya Das from Awakening to the Sacred:
Can we be a little kinder, gentler, more loving to those around us? This requires a certain amount of conscious determination. I find that it is important to think about speaking kindly and gently, and being more present with others, even when we feel burdened and busy. We have to think about using words that convey acceptance and support. We have to think about being more generous with what we have - with our time, with what we know, with our financial resources, and with our feelings and emotions. A little kindness, a little warmth, a little affection, a little empathy goes a long way in all our relationships. We know this is true with our children, our mates, and our friends. But it's also true with others - even in chance encounters with those we may never see again. We need to live in ways that express our belief that lovingkindness matters.
I like the emphasis on thinking. In other words, don't expect kindness and gentleness to be automatic. Thought and effort are required.


  1. Anonymous10:03 PM

    This is a wonderful reminder to be mindful of the way we treat's true that it does not happen automatically (at least for some of us ordinary mortals)...we have to consciously decide to behave in certain ways.

    a great quote. thanks,
    annie c

  2. Love this. I find that I am more "mindful", but not all the time. When I forget and think on automatic, I become so upset and harried ... and It's a good thing that I notice that also. I love Ernest Homes and his books and affirmations ... and I use some of his affirmations every day as well as others and some I have made up on my own. Beauty, Love, Kindness ... Compassion ... that is what I want and need and strive for.
    Love and Light, and pass on good intentions to all.


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