Most of us are guilty of being negatively judgmental at some point in our lives. When we see people acting in a way that we don't understand, it becomes easier for us to lash out than to put in the effort to understand.
In the role of physician, it didn't matter that we were new acquaintances, born of different races and who spoke different languages. I spoke with my heart and I spoke with my hands a message of hope, trust and recovery.
The ego could be the least understood of all our human qualities. It's the "me" bit that gives us our sense of ourselves. This is not necessarily good or bad, except when selfishness dominates our thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
Reinvent yourself as a great light, a beacon, a torch in the dark. Reflect on your talents, your gifts, what you love to do, and think about how that can change things significantly for kids who have so little.
While we live in comparatively great comfort, look at the disruption in our lives when it's so hot, even just by a few degrees. This makes me think about what those families are going through in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Temperatures are rising, while self-esteem dips to new lows. The sad truth is that, in peeling off the layers of our wintry wardrobes, we expose ourselves to a whole new world of self-critical thoughts.
What's the Dalai Lama's secret? He's got over two million Twitter followers, his speeches sell out stadiums. In a highly cynical age, he's held the public's attention for over two decades with some pretty elementary ideas.
When we are unable to forgive, we then perpetuate the fruits of non-forgiveness (anger, hatred, revenge, pettiness of character) and the fruits of forgiveness (humility, compassion, love, peace) are lost.
Any way you slice it, a deeper experience of kindness is what we all inherently desire. We are hardwired for kindness because it is in our spiritual DNA to treat one another with reverence and loving kindness.
It's time for us to let go of our excuses about negative behaviors in ourselves and others. It's time for us to have faith that we can get better. It's time to speak plainly. This is the only way we can truly have one another's backs.
The face of a human being demands something of you, forces you to grapple with its individuality and complexity. It is harder to condemn someone once you've seen their face, harder to look away from the pain in their eyes.
There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.