Assignment #5 – Kindness Blessings

Week 5 : Fully Meet An Opportunity

“I had a wildly irrational thought: ‘This is my friend.'”

Assignment #5Reading: Read the first 9 chapters of Section III, finishing with “Being Fed.” Remember, please read slowly and mindfully. If it helps, imagine that while you are reading you are interacting with a dear friend. Pause and put the book aside when your mind wants to consider something in more depth. Reading this book is about the process, not about being able to say, “I read that book.”

Kind Action: The concept for this week’s action is taken from the chapter “Being Fed.” Rachel describes an interaction a friend of hers had with the Dalai Lama as “an opportunity to meet.” Opportunities like this are being presented to us daily. Spend time this week taking note of these “opportunities to meet” in your life. Then choose at least one and allow it to fill your heart with wonder. To do this, you will need to pay attention to your role in its unfolding and then fulfill it.

Blessings Journal: Summarize your “opportunities to meet” in your journal, whether or not you acted on them. This may entail taking note of them after the fact as it’s likely you will not have recognized some without the benefit of hindsight. The intention in taking time to write these down is to help you become more aware of them as they are happening.

Link to Book: “My Grandfather’s Blessings”