Moe and Piero Ferrucci discuss how and why the kindest people are the most likely to thrive.
The Power of Kindness
Here’s a simple habit forming ritual that could shift the perspective of your life. In keeping with the tenets of His Holiness The Dali Lama, for each of the next seven days, be conscious not let a day go by without doing one kind thing towards another living being. Whether its yourself, a family member or friend, or even your pet, the point of the exercise isn’t to change others as it is to rewire your own brain. For as His Holiness states, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
Each of us was born to relate, to empathize, and to connect with others, still it takes a conscious and a clear mind to do so. Modern society has never been more promising, unfortunately, as most of us experience each day, with abundance comes distraction. A few months ago, I was introduced to the work of Italian psychologist, Piero Ferrucci who convinced me that attention is indeed a skill – and one that can be honed with simple exercises like the kindness challenge. In his book, The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, he’ll remind you to eliminate the superfluous from your life, to break bad habits, and to do little things that make you feel insecure; but when you’re ready to discover what truly brings meaning to your life, you’ll have to ask this one question.