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Meditating on Gentleness

Be soft, do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate, nor let bitterness steal your sweetness.

Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

Kurt Vonnegut

Take from this post on gentleness, what speaks to your heart. It seems particularly pertinent, given events happening in Afghanistan.

A Meditation on Gentleness

Invite gentleness to your being.

Let it move from your heart into your mind.

Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile.

Life is fragile.

Gentleness is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing instead to be tender, compassionate, soft-hearted and careful.

When we are gentle, we touch the world in ways that protect and preserve us.

Being gentle doesn’t mean being weak. It can be assertive and helpful.

To live in a gentle way, it requires us to:

  • Stay centred in our own values and strengths
  • Be active rather than reactive
  • Be considerate and open
  • Offer gentle words that channel our energy and create positive change.

There are some more benefits to being gentle according to Lao Tzu – an ancient Chinese Philosopher.

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.

The first is gentleness;

the second is frugality;

the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.

Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal;

Avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

Lao Tzu