Treat Yourself with Kindness: Peter Russell

Published on Dec 13, 2018
In this short extract from a Q&A session at SAND Italy, Peter Russell suggests that kindness is a learning process, a practice to interact with people, including ourselves, in such a way that the other feels loved and respected. Deep down that’s what we want, and we all want exactly the same thing.

My Religion is Kindness, Part 2 – with Tara Brach

My Religion is Kindness, Part 2 – with Tara Brach (2017/12/20)

Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life.

This talk is dedicated especially to youthful listeners on this solstice evening.

My Religion is Kindness, Part 1 – with Tara Brach

Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life.

Imagine Being Kind to Yourself ~ Pernilla Lillarose

Can You Imagine Being Kind to YourSelf?

This powerful little book “Imagine Being Kind to Yourself” will help you discover your greatest assets: The healing potential and power of your own innate kindness and the gift of your own Presence. Harnessing their power allows you to inhabit yourself again and find the fulfillment you had been looking for in all the wrong places. When unconscious commitments are exposed and transformed into your True Heart’s expression, your life will change. You will discover that everything you truly want becomes available to you when you invite them into the driver’s seat of your life.

Imagine Being Kind to Yourself

Imagine being kind to yourself. Experience inner Peace at last. Learn how kindness towards yourself dissolves the illusionary, suffering identity you are taking yourself to be. When we start inhabiting our own body, listening to its natural wisdom, we realize where to go when in doubt and how our lives are meant to naturally unfold in their fullness. For more information visit

Tara Talks: Waking Up Together – Tara Brach

Published on Dec 20, 2016

Tara Talks: Waking Up Together – Tara Brach

We’re really not in it alone; how a teenaged boy unknowingly averted a classmate’s suicidal plan through a simple gesture of kindness.

Watch Tara’s full talk at…

Tara Brach: A Gesture Of Kindness

The next time you find yourself in a bad mood, take a moment to pause and ask yourself, “What is my attitude toward myself right now? Am I relating to myself with judgment … or with mindfulness, warmth, and respect?”

Typically, you’ll find that when you’re anxious, lonely, or depressed, you’re also down on yourself in some way, and that undercurrent of feeling deficient or unworthy is what’s keeping you cut off from your own aliveness, as well as your feeling of connection with others.

The way of healing and homecoming begins with what I call “a gesture of kindness.” You might for instance put your hand on your heart—letting the touch be tender—and send a message inwardly. It might be “It’s okay, sweetheart.” Or “I care about this suffering.” Or, “I’m sorry and I love you.” Often, it’s simply, “This, too.”

Sometimes, this gesture of kindness includes saying “yes” to whatever’s going on—the yes meaning, “This is what’s happening, it’s how life is right now … it’s okay.”

If you’re really down on yourself, you can also say “Forgiven, forgiven.” Not because there’s something wrong to forgive, but because there’s some judgment to let go of.

As you offer yourself this gesture of kindness, take some moments to stay with yourself, to keep yourself company. Allow whatever most wants attention to surface, and sense that you are the loving presence that can include and embrace whatever’s arising.

Then, see if you can widen your attention, and notice what or who else is floating in your heart space. Perhaps you’ll intentionally offer a gesture of kindness to a friend who’s struggling with disappointment, a family member dealing with illness, or a teen caught in self-doubt.

As you continue to practice offering yourself and others this gesture of kindness, you will discover that this response to life becomes increasingly spontaneous and natural. In time, you’ll recognize it as the most authentic expression of who you are.

—Tara Brach, Labor Day Weekend, 2013

Tara Talks: Dedicating to Kindness

The Dalai Lama often says, “My religion is kindness.” In these few words, Tara reflects on the power of committing ourselves simply to cultivating a kind heart.
Enjoy this short talk on Dedicating to Kindness

Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm (Author)

Mindfulness is not enough…

When we add kindness to mindfulness we get “kindfulness,” a new approach to meditation. Kindfulness is the cause of relaxation. It brings ease to the body, to the mind, and to the world. Kindfulness allows healing to happen. So don’t just be mindful, be kindful!

With his trademark knack for telling engaging stories paired with step-by-step anyone-can-do-it instructions, Brahm brings alive and makes accessible powerful tools transformation. This slim, beautifully designed volume is a Quick Start guide for living a life of joy and compassion.

After pursuing a degree in theoretical physics from Cambridge University, Ajahn Brahm, born in London as Peter Betts, headed off to a forest monastery in Thailand, where he studied under the famed meditation master Ajahn Chah for nine years starting in the mid 1970s. A Buddhist monk for over thirty years, he is now the abbot and spiritual director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia in Perth, and he is in demand worldwide both as a spiritual teacher and as a popular speaker. He is the author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?, The Art of Disappearing, and Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond.

Why are we here? Why are we born? | by Ajahn Brahm

This talk by Ajahn Brahm gets to the heart of the existential quest: What are we here? What were we born for?

The Heart of Unconditional Love: A Powerful New Approach to Loving-Kindness Meditation by Tulku Thondup (Author)


The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment ~ Michael Chase [Updated Jan 8, 2014]

Is “loving everyone” really possible, as the title of Michael J. Chase’s new book suggests? The answer may surprise you, as he chronicles his journey toward enlightenment, gaining insight from a very unlikely source—a four-legged guru named Mollie, who happens to be the most lovable yet mischievous dog in the world.

In his attempt to understand her ability to unconditionally love all, Chase begins to see the world through his best friend’s eyes, especially during their morning walks. Mollie’s hilarious antics and maddening behavior ultimately lead to profound insights learned at the other end of the leash. Written with heart and sidesplitting humor, this one-of-a-kind true story of friendship and a divine albeit outrageous dog delivers on its promise to reveal a pathway toward enlightenment . . . and brings each of us one step closer to loving everyone.
Affectionately known as “The Kindness Guy,” Michael J. Chase is one of today’s most powerful voices for creating a kinder world. In 2007 Michael ended a 16 year career as a professional photographer, trading in his camera in search of the meaning of life, which he found in a very unlikely source. (Read the full story in ‘am I being kind’). Following this life changing epiphany, he began The Kindness Center and quickly became a sought after inspirational speaker.

Considered an expert on the subjects of kindness and positive behavior, Michael’s teachings are recognized across the globe. Whether presenting in a classroom, boardroom, or on stage in front of thousands, his message of hope impacts countless lives each year. Michael’s work is not aligned with any particular religion or belief system. All teachings are based on the universal language of kindness which embraces all and excludes none.

In 2010, Michael joined the Hay House speaking roster, which includes self-empowerment legends Louise L. Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Marianne Williamson and many more. He is now a main presenter at Hay House’s renowned “I Can Do It” conferences. His new book, ‘The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone’ will be released in May 2013. When he’s not traveling, Michael spends his time in Southern Maine with his loving wife, son, and four-legged best friend, Mollie.

The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone by Michael J. Chase

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