Day 96: Unconditional Kindness
“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others, but ourselves as well.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Like unconditional love, unconditional kindness requires one to love with no exceptions. Is this really even possible? It seems like most relationships are built on conditions and expectations. Most parents, I like to believe, start out loving their children with unconditional love, but I think somewhere along the journey start to have expectations and conditions. How is it possible to have an abundance of love and kindness that never seems to run out or have any limits? I think the answer is two part. Detachment with love and kindness as well as self love. Those two qualities together will create unconditional love and kindness.
My beautiful sister recently gifted the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay to me. I read the entire book in 5 days. She said it would change my life and it just may have. Although, it might be too soon to say. All joking aside, it has definitely affected me. Somehow, her messages just seem to click and make sense for me, or maybe it is exactly what I need to read and understand at this point in my life. I am not sure, but either way, I encourage you to consider it and give it a try, and maybe it will change your life.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
Life Is Really Very Simple. What We Give Out, We Get Back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.
If we choose to think in terms of unconditional kindness and love, then we can create it and live it. I have only been trying the recommended affirmations for a few days, but I have felt a tremendous shift in my understanding of love and kindness. I have known for quite sometime that I must truly love myself first before others, I just never had the understanding, knowledge or tools to do so. (Or at least, ones that made perfect sense.)
Feel free to let me know the people, books and tools that have helped you on your journey to self love and unconditional kindliness. I’d love to hear about it!
With Unconditional Kindness,
Photo Courtesy of FreeImages.com and The Very Kind Jocilyn Pope