and all shall
and all manner
shall be well.
– Julian of Norwich, 14th Century
We all live in a world where there is sadness around every corner. Everyday, people get hurt, robbed, to things that most people don’t want to talk about. However, if we spread a little kindness, the sadness that rules this world will start to disappear.
The Random Acts of Kindness campaign is a way to make the world a better place. By doing a good deed to someone in need, not only do you make that person’s day better, but you also make yourself feel good in the process. If you do a good deed and someone sees it, that person might do a good deed in retrospect. This could lead to kindness spreading all over the country and it all stems from one person doing it: you.
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.
Traditional Buddhist Prayer
Om sarvetra sukhinah santu sarve santu niramayah.
Sarve bhadrani pasyantu ma kascid duhkhamapnuyat
Om shantih shantih shantih
Oh Almighty! May everybody be happy!
May all be free from ailments!
May we see what is auspicious!
May no one be subject to miseries!
Oh Almighty! May there be a Peace! Peace! Peace! Everywhere.
The Rig-Veda, India – 3700 BC
“Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our “sympathetic joy,” our happiness at another’s happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn’t stop there.” – Stephen Levine