Kindness is not just about being helpful and understanding towards others. It is about softening the hard shell of our external world so that spirit can flow through easier. It is a spiritual primer.

It’s a Kind of Magic: How Kindness can Bring Back the Magic in your Life

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When I was a schoolboy I never liked Religion classes. For those of you who might find the idea of compulsory religion classes at secondary school a bit strange let me fill you in with some quick context. I was born and raised in a fervently Catholic society. Religion, Catholic religion that is, was and still is a compulsory subject even in state schools. But I attended church school so you might fathom how religious they were about giving religion lessons!

I’m not being condescending don’t get me wrong. It’s just that even as a boy I already didn’t like the idea of being taught what to think and believe instead of being taught how to think and find for myself what to believe. Anyway, that’s past and done I guess…so back to the present.

There is one lesson in those religion classes that I really liked and still like, having stayed with me all these years. It’s what is referred to, if I’m not mistaken, as the serenity prayer which goes something like Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference“.

I think it’s such a powerful affirmation honestly. To me it also sounds as a profoundly sensible thing to pray for and in a way it also goes beyond the sectarian view of religion and culture. It’s just a universal pearl of
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The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

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