What a precious gift is kindness. Don’t we all wish there was more of it in our lives! Isn’t the idea of a truly kind friend something we all cherish, but all too often simply long for?
Kindness sees, kindness understands, but kindness doesn’t judge. Understanding is not blind; judgment is blind. Understanding need not be all knowing. In fact, understanding knows that omniscience is the domain only of the divine. Yet, understanding is inherent in the kindness we mortals are capable of. We don’t have to look far to see that judgment and negativity seem to be the way of this world. Agni (fire) and Soma (water) make up this world. There is an excess of Agni in the world these days. It is the Soma nectar of loving kindness that supports and upholds the very fabric of life. Mount Soma was created to cultivate that nectar of peace and kindness. May we all hold one another in that light of kindness.
Jordan Peterson is a professor, psychologist, author, and lecturer with perspectives on many things… masculinity, religion, etc. If you would like, you can sample some of his many YouTube videos. I do not agree with everything he says, but do find some of his talks interesting and useful.
The Huffington Post just published one of my latest articles. It begins:
While recently giving a lecture in the San Francisco area, I was asked: “Would you please talk about the need to feel needed? It seems to be a very important, fundamental instinct.”
I responded by first saying it was one of the most beautiful questions I’ve been asked in a long time. I began by telling the story of two beautiful, white, draft horses owned by a friend. The horses were inseparable. Their worlds revolved around one another. They loved each other. When one of them passed away, the other, although perfectly healthy, also died within two weeks. We hear stories of long-term married couples having a similar scenario. So, let’s take a deeper look at what is actually going on here…
I just published a new article on Medium.com. It begins:
“I attended undergraduate school in the late sixties and early seventies when the hippie movement was at its peak. As a conscientious student, I didn’t have time for anything other than my studies. However, today I long for those peace and love ideals.
“Realistically speaking, what is peace and love anyway? Isn’t it far more than non-violence and free love? Doesn’t it include more than being respectful, compassionate, polite, and dignified toward all people, not just the ones you agree with?”…
Entrepreneur.com just published one of my new articles. It begins:
“Think about the last argument you got into. Did you win? Did you lose? Did it matter? Did you get angry and did it end uncomfortably? How did it make you feel and how did it make the other person feel? If you won the argument, how much did you really gain, and how much did you actually lose?”…
I just posted a new article on LinkedIn. It begins:
“Are you thinking about constructing a team for your business? The following principles are typically not employed, which is why I am presenting them here. As you apply these principles, there will be less turnover, both you and your team members will feel more fulfilled, and your business will run more smoothly. In short, you will positively transform your workplace…”
Entrepreneur.com just published another one of my new articles. It begins:
“Wilhelm Reich, a colleague of Sigmund Freud, laid the foundation for five classic personality types which, to this day, are well recognized in the field of psychology. Dr. Reich actually identified the body builds of these five types first, and then identified the personality types… By knowing about and working with these five classic personality types, you can understand yourself better and become more effective at working with others…”
Though it’s tough to admit, if we could take a step back and look at difficult situations we encounter, we would realize we are creating our own problems. “I knew that guy was unhappy, but I just didn’t want to deal with it. I had enough on my plate as it was. After all, it was clear to me that I was right. I just figured he would be able to sit down, think about it, and come to his senses. How wrong I was. He even went so far as to hire an attorney and declare war! A great deal of time, stress, and money later, he finally backed off, but the relationship was compromised and there was, of course, no apology. If only I had had a heart-to-heart conversation with him, the whole hassle might never have occurred”…
HuffingtonPost.com just published another one of my new articles. It begins:
“In planning our family vacation, my older daughter had her heart set on a particular schedule. Through a conversation with my wife and younger daughter, we felt the need to change the schedule a bit, but were concerned about how my older daughter would react. A little later when she came down for breakfast, I started to bring up the subject. My younger daughter immediately gave me a nudge and whispered, “Dad, not now.” I quickly recognized her wisdom and led the conversation in a different direction. The timing just wasn’t right…”