The attitude in which we meet each situation will bring more peace, or more suffering. Which will it be? It is up to us.
Can you see how powerful your outlook, your attitude is?
Whatever it is, be it grumpy, frightened, scornful, joyful, satisfied, despairing, angry, resentful or any other way you see the world right now—regardless of what it is—the real question is: Can you, will you, hold these thoughts and emotions in kindness?
Will you be kind? The Dalai Lama has said that kindness is his religion.
Kindness is the greatest gift you can offer at any moment.
Kindness grows more peace and love in our world.
We can grow a harvest of kindness by seeding it right now.
Hold your present attitude in kindness, whatever it is! For this will become our greater, wider view and bring more peace in our lives.
If you are not first kind to yourself, you will not have the capacity (like it or not) to share kindness with others.
It is similar to a neighbor asking to borrow a cup of flour. But when you go to your cupboard you find you have no flour. No matter how much you desire to help, you have no flour to give.
The truth is you must have something before you can give it.
Whatever is in your heart right now is all that you can give.
If you desire more joy and less suffering it is necessary to open to a view that sees the possibility of something larger and greater than who you think you are— an essence that includes everything, not just the things you like about yourself.
Wholeness leaves nothing out. Otherwise it wouldn’t be whole.
We could call this essence God. But whatever we name it, it responds to us in ways that always work for the highest and most inclusive. It uses everything to work for good.
Our view, however we see the world, is not a given. It comes from the habit of making choices. Small choices, probably unconscious, made over and over develop into an attitude. These choices fall into either of two broad categories—attitudes of love or of fear.
The universe responds to our attitude, whatever it is.
If you desire more love and kindness, open yourself to the possibility of it in your heart now. You don’t have to improve anything, or be anything other than what you already are. You don’t have to know the answers.
You only need to incline your mind toward kindness— toward wishing everyone well. This is your choice and no one can do it for you.
Again I say you do not have to know HOW a happier future will come about. You do not have to problem solve. You are only required to open your mind to the possibility of a more peaceful and happier way of being.
The truth is that that which you seek is already here.
Your beautiful future is already here in the world of all possibility.
Join with it. Decide to align with that which is true, beautiful and good. This energy leaves nothing out.
However you are feeling right now, the energy of universal love includes it. For instance, if you are hurrying right now, trying to get to the next thing, can you acknowledge your present attitude is one of hurry and worry?
And if you continue to hold this view, you will have more hurry and worry in your future.
If you try to banish it, it will find you and continue to bombard you with the fear of not having enough. These feelings and thoughts of lack are asking for something from you. They want to be acknowledged—simply that.
They have come from a worldview of belief in lack. Someone taught it to you. This worry does not belong to you. It has been conditioned in you. And now is the time it can be acknowledged, felt, accepted and. thus transformed.
For everything is temporary. Everything arises and passes away. It does no good to try to cling to anything—even familiar feelings.
We do not need to be loyal to negative feelings.
Can you also see there is also beauty around you? Look for it. You can find it if you look. It may be something as small as the sound of a bird, or a tiny bud waiting to open. It may be the smile of a stranger. Take it in. It may be a sweet memory that brought joy to your heart. That sense of joy is still somewhere within you.
Perhaps you are so focused on what seems to be lacking right now that you are missing what is actually here. The very Presence that brought you into being holds you in its arms right now—no matter how you feel.
Let go and let yourself fall into it, for it is unconditional love.
You are being offered love and nourishment—all that you need right now.
With this awareness you will find, almost magically, no matter how you feel that you just can take another breath and do what is yours to do, which brings relief and a greater feeling of ease.
This attitude seeds your future. We don’t know what will take place in the future, but it will grow out of our present attitude.
We can stop and shift gears any moment.
We are the magic potent that we have been looking for.
The way things are this moment is the way they are. This we can’t change. The causes and conditions that were set in motion in the past have come to pass. The seeds have matured.
That was then, this is now.
This moment we can begin again.
I suggest taking a deep breath and relax and simply watching the attitudes we hold. We don’t have to act on our feelings or our views. Just pay attention to them, investigate their motive and find a kindness in our hearts to accept ourselves just the way we are.
We are habit breakers—cycle changers.
All it takes is being attentive to what our mind is doing.
Not too much, is it?
This moment contains all possibilities.
Please be kind so that you will suffer less.