Day 8: Magical Acts of Kindness

It’s Day 8 of Breaking Out of the Muggle Mindset and today we’re focusing on “Magical Acts of Kindness.”

As I remember a quote from Mother Theresa: “In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love” and the Dalai Lama: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” I am reminded of how the world’s most disciplined spiritual teachers talk of “kindness” as one of the highest virtues.

And while the “art of kindness” is revered by such esteemed teachers, it need not be complicated. Some of the most kind people I have ever come across are children. Have you ever had a child take out crayons and draw something for you? They are keenly aware of the fact that kindness is not some esoteric skill. All it takes is a smile. A hug. Or perhaps even a wish for healing.

The idea for a “A Magical Acts of Kindness” came after I was remembering a couple years ago after I put out a post about how people can celebrate Hermione’s birthday by doing something nice for the custodians in their school. One young woman and her cousins baked cupcakes and put them in the janitor’s office with an anonymous note that told them that they are so appreciated for everything they do “for us” students. So why not, I thought (as did my friends Jess and Lauren) start a whole movement to inspire each other to be kind and what’s more, to have fun with being kind!

On our forums section right now, people are talking about creative ways that they can bring more kindness into this world today. And whether it’s knitting for someone, helping the elderly, building nests for ducks – it’s all amazing! And you can take part and come up with your own ideas.

There’s so many: on May 1st of this year, my girl friend went to the doors of everyone she knows and anonymously left flowers. There’s no end to what we can do and the fun we can have in practicing what the Dalai Lama refers to as “his religion” of kindness. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go mail a pair of socks to my favorite Hogwarts professor. :-)

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  1. Tina

    July 28, 2008 at 5:13 am

    I think your point on this one is to be kind to as many people, as you can, but I looks like(The Harry Potter Alliance)that all you did was state facts and exsaples(bad spelling, I know), rather than the challage!!! Just thought to point that one. Now onto the challage. I won’t let you guys(this website down). I will try my very best to spread kindness today and have fun doing good as well. You can count on me!!!

  2. Tina

    July 28, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Hay andrew, I know there is a big change for you not to read this comment, but I counldn’t figure out how to send you an e-mail, so these way is the only way to get my point across. Just like today’s activity I wanted to point out a mistake that was made in today’s activity info. Today activity is #8, but the date today isn’t the 27th of July, but the 28th of July. You may want to fix that error, tho Just keep in mind that I am not pointing this out to make fun of your mistakes. I make many mistakes as well, but I am pointing this out as a kind of friend!!!

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