Power of Kindness #8

This is the eighth of 10 weekly reading assignments and kind action recommendations using the book “The Power of Kindness” as inspiration.

Reading: Read the chapter called “Generosity”

How have you been doing with the idea of completing your reading with mindful awareness each week? Which suggestion has worked best for you? Review those from past weeks and choose the one that has best resonated for you for this week’s reading.

Kind Action: Provide Something of Value That You Own or Possess to Another

Ferrucci says that generosity is an act that transforms us. This week, bring the concept of generosity as described by him in this chapter into mindful awareness by providing something of value that you currently own or possess to another. This could be a material thing or something you possess metaphorically. Ferrucci refers to these things as “my possessions, my body, my knowledge and abilities, my time and resources, my energy.”

To assist you with this, spend some time reflecting on the Buddhist parable of children who have built sand castles on the beach. During the day while building them, they feel territorial and proprietary. But that night after they’ve gone home, the tide comes and washes them away. Ferrucci says our most precious possessions are like sand castles.

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