then it is only kindness that makes sense any more
... only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say,
it is I you have been looking for,
and follows you everywhere, like a shadow, or a friend
(From Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye)
If we think we already know what kindness really is we may be severely limiting its potential to simplify and transform our lives. Sometimes our fixed views, or “expert” knowledge, can prevent fresh understanding and may even close our minds and hearts to the power of simple practices. Leading up to our annual Beginner’s Mind retreat we will spend some time this month looking beyond our assumptions to access the power of true kindness and its associated practices.