Kindness needs to be based on a foundation of respect for others, whether we agree with them or not. All beings deserve respect, any belief to the contrary represents an incomplete understanding of true nature. Everyone is doing the best they are capable of - if we try to walk in their shoes we might be able to see with understanding. This is the beginning of humility. As we interact with friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances perhaps we can remember to offer a little kindness - without exception. But, don't neglect to include yourself in applying kindness. Kindness and forgiveness often go hand in hand.
If someone greets me with a nice smile, and expresses a genuinely friendly attitude, I appreciate it very much. Though I might not know that person, or even understand their language, my heart is instantly gladdened. On the other hand, if kindness is lacking, even in someone from my own culture whom I have known for many years, I feel it. Kindness and love, a real sense of sisterhood and brotherhood, these are very precious. They make community possible, and therefore are an essential part of any society.
~ Dalai Lama
Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Be kind to yourself as you proceed along the journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves.
~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say and do,
~ Emanuel Swedenborg
Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.
~ Lao Tzu
All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about little things that bother only burros. And worries, As We Know, can be more exhausting than physical labor. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings a pear but more than that, he looks into the Burros eyes and touches her ears and for a few seconds the burro is free and even seems to laugh, because love does that. Love frees.
~ Meister Eckhart
Love, compassion, kindness, and generosity change their function from being motivations for practice to becoming expressions of realization. They don't disappear, they don't lose their value; they simply become the way realization expresses itself. When we are realized, when we are in the condition of being truly what we are, we can't help but be kind and loving and selfless. It is natural. . . The flow of the dynamism of reality happens naturally and is revealed as what we are.
~ A.H. Almaas
Kindness is like snow
it beautifies everything it covers.
~ Kahlil Gibran
Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
~ The Dalai Lama
The more evolved you become, the more compassionate you become, the more you show loving kindness to everything, to the mineral kingdom, to the vegetable kingdom, to the animal kingdom, and to the human kingdom. You show total compassion, loving kindness. You become an embodiment of love simply because everything is you.
~ Robert Adams
Everything that kindness touches relaxes into its true nature.
~ Pamela Wilson
Even if you don't really feel capable of deep philosophical inquiry. Even if you find it nearly impossible to meditate and can't stand all this non-dual mumbo-jumbo, don't worry! There is a wonderful, beautiful path to awakening that can still work for you too. It is the simple path of love and humility and kindness! This simple path can take you to the final destination if you follow it with all your heart!
~ Francis Bennett
The highest form of wisdom is kindness.
~ The Talmud
Kindness is tolerance (the absence of judgement) Kindness is gentleness (the absence of harm) Kindness is generosity (the absence of selfishness)
~ Kenneth Wapnick
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The key to joy is the unconditional kindness to all life, including one's own, that we refer to as compassion. Without compassion little of any significance is ever accomplished in human endeavor.
~ David R. Hawkins
No one appears inferior to us when our heart is kindled with kindness.
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
Break the rules of the church of fear. Start a revolution of kindness within. Embrace the neglected parts of yourself; bring kind attention to the tender places. Touch your longings, your sorrow, your anger, your fear, your broken heart, your doubts, with gentleness and understanding. Do not turn away, for separation is the origin of all fear. Let the external churches crumble. Build a new church of love within, with no rules.
~ Jeff Foster
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
~ Lao Tsu
Three things in life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.
~ Henry James
It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.
I notice more and more, when I sit with my friends, that it is a lovely balance to have the cool inquiry of “to whom does this come” and the warm invitation for anything to arise, to come to rest, to give it clarity and kindness.
~ Pamela Wilson