Wake up Sydney! newsletter

I thought I’d share this :


An Experiment…

On rare occasions (and often on death beds), people give away the secret of life. These secrets are often profound, simple and easily overlooked.

One such example was when the Dalai Lama was asked about his religion and he replied, “my religion is kindness.”

Could it be that the whole point of our lives is to learn how to live from our hearts and cultivate kindness? Could it be that the measure of any good life is the small, “ordinary” gestures of warmth you show to yourself and others? Could it be that kindness is our planet’s greatest need?

What I like most about kindness is that it’s not some grand state of enlightenment. It’s really DOABLE – even if we don’t feel like doing it!

Here’s a 2 minute experiment (for real): Close your eyes and take 3 long, slow deep breaths. With each breath, let go of any tensions or anxiety. When you feel settled, bring your attention to your heart. After settling into stillness for a minute or so, ask yourself the question, “What could I do right now to make someone’s day?” Really listen. Notice any images, ideas or thoughts. Who could I be tender, warm and encouraging to today (including myself)? Allow yourself to be responsive to small and “ordinary” ideas. These are the seeds of the revolution. Maybe it’s picking up the phone and calling a friend or your mum; perhaps it’s writing a really thoughtful or appreciative email to a colleague; it might be taking yourself on a quiet walk to the beach for a swim; or putting a handwritten note on your partner or child’s pillow?

I know it’s simple, but it’s so filled with possibility.

Your life only exists now – in this very moment. The place where all the “ordinary magic” occurs.

I raise my glass to all the saints, scientists, songwriters, mystics and ordinary folk who have reminded us that in the end, “only kindness matters.”

Yours in the vision of Kind Society,