When you bill yourself as a spiritual kind of person you open yourself up to a world of interesting feedback. This is nothing new for me, I have been this way since I was a kid, always defending even the nerdiest of nerds to the coolest of cool kids even at the risk of social suicide. I held strong in my convictions even as a pony tailed little pip squeak with hands on hips shaking my finger at the playground wrongdoers blissfully unaware that I was developing my hippie tendencies into a full blown John Lennon, Give Peace A Chance, Birkenstock wearing adulthood. I was a peaceful warrior from the get go.
You either have the ability to consider other people and their needs in your field of vision or you don’t. I truly believe it’s something you are either born with or not. I like to believe I am tuned in to what others are feeling and that I am capable of becoming even better at anticipating what I can do to reach out to them as I would hope they would reach back to me. Being in tune often makes me wonder how others can live so off key.
I love that I have found a community of other like-minded, spiritual people that I can feel comfortable around who also live a positive, happy existence. At the same time, I’m confused by people who have adverse reactions to my positive choices and attraction to paying it forward directly into my karmic bank account, and into the goodness and kindness of mankind in general.
I lean into pay it forward opportunities. I know it’s the right thing to do and I want my daughters to learn the same way. Whether it’s as small as holding a door open for someone or as important as returning a found wallet completely intact, there are opportunities everyday to do the right thing and even more opportunities to just be kind.
I have found that being happy begins with being balanced and being balanced requires a spiritual understanding of yourself. Although I have always found it important to be kind to others, I’m finally truly seeing the importance of being kind to myself.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” – Dalai Lama