1. I couldn’t help but become simultaneously sentimental and ashamed as I read this post. I consider myself a compassionate person. I usually care more about other’s well-being over my own. But something about your words went even deeper than that. I’m not even sure if I can articulate how really. Just… wow. This is certainly something to think about and consider while dealing with my bouts of depression and anxiety. Everything is so much bigger than we realize. Amazing post. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for your very, very kind words. But please, do not in any way feel ashamed. I know that despite my own practice I still miss so much of the world for so much of the time, and if I beat myself up about that…well I am just missing more!
      The world, I think, is very patient about this. It’s unconditionally there already, just like our own deepest nature. A form of basic goodness.

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  2. Thank you all so much for your kind words and for sharing this post. It’s wonderful when something we write makes sense of something for people.
    This piece was a companion piece to Touch as Nutrition, which The Kindnessblog has also published, and which I originally thought would appeal to a wider audience than The Kindness of Things.

    It’s here if you want it:-

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    1. Thank you so much for your continued lovely remarks. I just want to say two things at this point, each of which points away from me…

      Firstly, to acknowledge the role and inspiration of some of my teachers. Particularly, for this article, the wonderful Bruce Fertman, whose work you can glimpse in the video link attached to the words ‘practice with scarves’ at the bottom of the article. We had Bruce over in the UK this year for the Centre for Embodied Wisdom and I spent some wonderful time with him in my home and in the workshop. Hopefully we will do it again in 2015.

      Secondly, the writing comes from thought yes. But more from the long and continued practice of various forms of embodied wisdom. These practices act as a continuous form of ‘insult’ to our pretensions, reminding us when we so often get caught in our little self that there is another world within this one, another possibility of who we are within our limited idea of our self. I am very grateful to them.

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  3. Beautiful. In the Buddhist monastery I go to the monks not only bow to each other (or make Gassho- hands together) but to the rooms on entering and leaving, expressing gratitude to their ‘isness’

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  4. I like the idea in your post, John Tuite. Of how you speak about non-living objects and how we naturally take them for granted and end up doing the same to each other.

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  5. Sometimes when we stand still, it’s the time our mind is moving the most.
    Don’t take things for granted, enjoy our surroundings and celebrate them.

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  6. Thank You, John for Reminding me of the Importance of not only Gratitude, while also Acknowledging the certain Degree of Consciousness, and “Willingness to be of Service to us”, which “Objects” Do have. (I had a longer reply, which became a Post, in my own Blog)…NOTE: Interestingly enough, though I hadn’t read the 102-day-old Reply from “In the Stillness of Wilow Hill,” my longer post, said pretty much the same thing–except it had to do with my Piano…(we must both be in the same or similar Frequency Range 🌸

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  7. Stone hopped to your post. A truly beautifully written and wise piece of writing. By the way, about a year ago I rediscovered fountain pens. They definitely have a higher vibration
    All the best


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