The extraordinary power of kindness…for opening the “shutters” on our hearts

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Perhaps, some days we might feel more “open-hearted”…
our hearts feeling
warm, loving, loved, connected and full.

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Other days, we might feel a bit like there are
“shutters” over our hearts…
maybe a bit closed, cut off, removed…?
possibly a bit worried, concerned or sad…?

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But…
through the years,
I’ve notice something…

 I’ve noticed…
kindness can help to open the shutters on a heart,
….kindness….
whether we might be offering kindness or receiving kindness…
it can help open the shutters on each and every one of our hearts

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Perhaps, you might be feeling a sense of a “shuttered” heart?

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So hard to see out?
So hard to let “light” in?
“Shutters” seeming to be firmly in place?
“Light” just not seeming to come through?

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But then,
perhaps, some kindness is offered…?
perhaps, some kindness is received…?

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A little bit of kindness,
and some more kindness,
and some more kindness,
slowly, slowly adding warmth and strength,
helping to open those shutters on our hearts
. . . . . . . light seeping in . . . . . . .

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…..little…..by little…..by little…..

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Opening those shutters…
maybe even….shrinking their size…
little by little……light coming in…….

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Kindness…
perhaps offered…perhaps received,
perhaps both offered and received,
such an extraordinarily simple, generous gift,
a truly precious gift….
a gift that can open the shutters on each and every one of our hearts

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May we offer and receive abundant kindness throughout this day…
…kindness…
opening the “shutters” on all of our hearts…
letting in warmth, goodness, beauty and “light”
…..offering and receiving …..
goodness, kindness and love,
…kindness…
opening the shutters on our hearts

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opening shutters...faith in goodness, kindness and love

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Participant in Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog for viewing her Nurturing Thursday post and for linking to other posts by Nurturing Thursday participants.

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Flying on the wings of….. kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence

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A  wish…
that we may fly on the wings of…..
kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence

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 Expanding upon this wish…
with words from Brother David Steindl-Rast,
from his beautiful and inspiring video “A Good Day”

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“So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart.  And so I wish that you would open your heart to all of these blessings and let them flow through you.”     (from  “A Good Day”)


“That everyone you meet today will be blessed by you….
just by your eyes…
by your smile…
by your touch…
by your presence…
and let them flow through you.
Let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around you.
And then it would really be a good day.”l ou.
(from  “A Good Day”)

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butterfly kindness gratefulness Br Steindl Rast

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butterfly kindness gratefulness Brother Steindl Rast A Good Day

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flying on our own wings,
wings with so many precious qualities delicately woven into them…
flying gracefully along,
with kindness, appreciation, compassion and persistence…
with strength and courage
and perhaps even…
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a sincere and heartfelt wish

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A full transcript, below, of  the words in the video, “The Good Day,”
These same word, spoken by Br. Steindl-Rast, are also part of the wonderful Louie Schwartzberg TED video Gratitude. (starting at 4:44 into that video)

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“Friday Wishes” …. feeling the goodness of giving and receiving caring, kindness, good will…..

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“Friday Wishes”

Feeling the goodness of giving and receiving…
…….feelings of being cared about…….
…….warmth, goodness, kindness and love…….
…….appreciation, affection and nurturing…….
…….gentle encouragement and support…….
…….uplifting positive energy…….
…….giving and receiving kindness, goodness, caring and good will…..
…………..Friday Wishes…………….

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“Pausing…noticing…appreciating…being grateful…” Nurturing Thursday

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s blog for her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to posts by other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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“Friday Wishes” …. An Irish Blessing: May the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face….

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An Irish blessing….

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An Irish blessing….a long ago gift from my aunt, a blessing that hangs above the bed, nestled warmly into a scarf, resting upon a textured tapestry of comfort…extending the wishes and blessings to all…loving kindness wishes….combining multiple traditions, numerous cultures, universal wishes…

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May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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May we all feel…
happy and contented,
healthy and strong,
safe and protected
and living with ease…

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 “May the Road Rise to Meet You”  a lovely song, written and sung by Roger McGuinn, formerly of The Byrds

 

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“Friday Wishes…” May you feel happy and contented….

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“Comings…and…goings”…. appreciating warmth, love, friendships…..

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comings and goings in life

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Ahhhhhhhh….the many  “comings and goings” in our lives…the continuing and continual “comings and goings” of situations, circumstances, people, friendships, connections.

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comings and goings of people circumstances situations

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Much of the time, at least for me,  life seems quite steady, consistent and stable… living and appreciating the wonderful-ness of steady relationships with people…the  love, warmth, friendships and connections.  These are all so precious.

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That apparent steadiness seems so consistent, so continuing, so reliable….so predictable, so trustable.

And yet… the “reality” is… (and, at times, this is such a bewildering surprise to me)… everything is always changing…everything….100 % …constantly, continually changing…. whether I consciously realize that or not…things change… continual comings and goings….there are continuing  “hello’s” … warmth, love, friendship…”thank you’s” …. and “good bye’s”

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And so…to appreciate the beauty of so much warmth, love and friendship in our lives… to be thankful and filled with gratitude…to live with and to say “thank you” each and every day…thankful for the abundance and beauty of this amazing warmth, love and friendship…

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comings and goings hello warmth love friendship thank you

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To  learn to understand and accept…whether I “like” it or not, things do change…and lead, at some point,  to  “good bye’s”… to not be so “caught off guard” and so “bewildered” and “surprised” by that… we don’t know when, we don’t know how…but to learn to accept that things “change…”…and to appreciate what is “here” while it is here.

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To realize and accept… everything is constantly changing…

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….. remembering the “dynamic” nature of everything in our lives…….

….. remembering to live with a sense of deep appreciation and thankfulness, while that amazing preciousness is “here….” in our lives right now…….

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And when things do change, to continue to carry these precious qualities and that deeply felt appreciation in each of our hearts….

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~ warmth, love, friendship ~

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Part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca’s Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.  Please link to Becca’s blog to ready her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to the posts of other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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