Compassion / Kindness / Forgiveness / Nonjudgement / Empathy

Kindness. When we lend our strength to others, instead of pointing out their weaknesses, we are demonstrating kindness.

Sometimes we can feel like we are going around in circles and getting nowhere, but life is like a spiral staircase, it is only when we get to the top and look down, that we realize just how high we have risen.

A soul that carries empathy is a soul that has survived enormous pain.

Repeated complaining will attract things for you to complain about, repeated gratitude will attract things to be thankful for.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”Harold S. Kushner

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Every time you get upset at something, ask yourself if you were to die tomorrow, was it worth wasting your time being angry.

Explain your anger, don’t express it, and you will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments.

Be soft, do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

Let your past make you better, not bitter

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” – Henry Boye

"In lifting others we rise ourselves." - David Scott

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Dalai Lama

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for empathy, your hands for helping others, your mind for truth, and your heart for compassionate love.” – David Scott

“Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” Amish Proverb

“Compassion for others is the keel that keeps our ship sailing, balanced and gentle against the angry winds of judgement and indifference.” David Scott

“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” Yasmin Mogahed

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” Jack Kornfield

“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” Pema Chodron

“May your daily choices be a reflection of your deepest values.” Coleen Patrick-Goudreau

“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” Dalai Lama

“Compassion is a verb.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” Dalai Lama

“When we go below the surface, most of us feel empathy for others, but it takes real bravery to show this empathy towards others with our smile and kin eyes.” – David Scott

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace"

"We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another."

"Be the reason someone smiles today and believes in the goodness of people."

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Oscar Wilde

“Kindness is lighting someone else's torch with your own inner flame.”

“Kindness is compassion and love in perfect harmony.”

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Kindness is the seed of the most delicious fruit!”

"Constant kindness can accomplish as much as the sun making ice melt. Kindness causes misunderstandings, mistrust and hostility to evaporate." Albert Schweitzer

"Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience, touch with gentle kindness and act with compassion." David Scott

"Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like a rising sun."

"You can accomplish by kindness what you can not by force." - Publilius Syrus

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

"For every minute of anger, you rob yourself of 60-seconds of happyness."

"How other people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours." Wayne Dyer

"Always forgive and go to sleep with a clean heart."

"By practicing self-awareness and pausing before reacting, we can help create a world with less pain and more love." Lori Deschene

"Never wish them pain. That’s not who you are. If they caused you pain, they must have pain inside. Wish them healing. That’s what they need." Najwa Zebian

“Those who judge other will never understand and those who understand others will never judge.”

"Pause and remember: If you empty yourself of yesterday’s sorrows, you will have much more room for today’s joy." Jenni Young

"The gentle outlast the strong, the obscure outlast the obvious." - Taoist classic Dao De Jing "The book of the way."- Lao Tzu

"When you understand that hurt people, hurt people, it’s a lot easier to offer them compassion. It doesn’t condone what they’ve done. It just makes it easier soften your anger and break the cycle of pain."

"Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you lived through it. Honor your path. Trust your journey. Learn, grow, evolve, become." ~Creig Crippen

"If speaking kindly to plants can help them grow, just imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do."

"Take care of yourself so you’re strong and healthy for the important people in your life. It’s not selfish. It’s self-nurturing, it’s necessary, and you’re allowed." - Farnoosh Brock

"And if today, all you did was hold yourself together, I am proud of you."

"Be selective with your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right."

"Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle." ~Charles Glassman

"Resentment is a poison pill I take, in hopes of killing the other person"

Apologizing says you care that you hurt someone, you don’t have to apologize for what you said, apologize for how you made someone feel.

“Sometimes people don’t say sorry. Sometimes people don’t believe they were wrong. But that doesn’t matter. Apologies aren’t what vindicate you—you vindicate yourself. Don’t wait for someone to apologize and behold a grudge against them until they do. You know why? Because the person that feels the wrath of your anger, frustration, and hatred is you. Those hostile feelings, emotions, and thoughts pulsate through your bloodstream like venomous poison, and you become the host keeping that poison alive. Rather than waiting for an apology, or expecting one to come, realize it may never happen and that’s okay. Because your life and your happiness don’t depend on someone else saying sorry. Your life and your happiness depend on you and no one else.” ~Antasha Durbin

"If you judge people, you do have not time to love them," - Mother Teresa

"The art of "knowing" is "knowing" what to ignore"

"Forgiving someone may cost you your pride, but in not forgiving them it will cost you your freedom."

"If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all."

In forgiving others, we heal ourselves. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ Dalai Lama

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." Gandhi

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”— Mahatma Gandhi

"An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind." Gandhi

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Gandhi

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward

"If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path." ―Buddha

"And God said, 'Love your enemy' and I obeyed him and loved myself."

Sometimes silence is better than being right.

"One smile, can start a friendship. One word, can end a fight. One look, can save a relationship. One person can change your life."

"You don't have to attend every argument you’re invited to.

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” --Booker T. Washington

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

"If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions, I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions, I forgive myself."

When given the choice of being right or being kind. Choose kindness.

“Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others.”— Paramahansa Yogananda

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.” ― Maya Angelou

“Grant yourself a moment of peace, and you will understand how foolishly you have scurried about. Learn to be silent, and you will notice that you have talked too much. Be kind, and you will realize that your judgment of others was too severe.” — Ancient Chinese Proverb

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frank

Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Ghandi

"When we judge someone, it means we are just not willing to spend the time it takes to understand them with empathy."

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” - Mother Teresa

The evolution of our consciousness, teaches us to take a pause between stimulus and response... Just a millisecond pause can make a huge difference in being "right" or in being "kind." "It only takes seconds to hurt someone, but it could take years to repair the damage."

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.