Self Help: The Power of Kindness


Self Help: Intuitive Healer Katarina Winslow reflects on the power of kindness.

What is it that keeps your life going without any demands or conditions? What is there, whether you are demanding, uncooperative, envious, angry, sad, powerful or defeated? When you look closer, it is your own heart that is your most loyal companion on this road called life. Even though we rarely or never give our heart any attention or gratitude, it keeps beating through thick and thin. Through all the storms and pleasures life can contain.

What then are the qualities of the heart? If you imagine your own heart as a person in your life and gave it some characteristics, you would find loyalty. Loyalty to life, to keep going and for your body to keep living. But there is more than commitment in something that asks for nothing but gives everything. We say generous at heart; a heart is gene- rous and above all it is kind. The most exceptional quality of your heart is its kindness. The kindness of no judgment, no exception and no exclusion, it just keeps pulsating, in a kind way.

How come then that kindness is derided in our society, and that it is more acceptable
to be stepping on other people to arrive at the top than to be kind and compassionate? How come that the people who ignore the gratitude of their heart have managed to gain control of most of the territory in our world? The qualities furthest away from the essence of life are the qualities that are favoured in order to get a work promotion. We all know by now that there is something fundamentally wrong in the way our society is designed. It used to be derided to be kind, it would be considered naive and, in some cases, plain dumb. Why did we buy into this lie when our pure essence is the embodiment of kind- ness?

You don’t need to be Einstein to understand that life-enhancing qualities, such as loyalty, kindness, generosity and compassion, are beautiful. You don’t need to be exceptionally skilled at anything to see that our societies lack empathy. Could it be that this is where we completely missed the mark? Of course, for people who indulge in fear, conflict, power and separation there is not much we can do apart from waiting for them to wake up from the slumber of missing the mark of their essence – the kindness of their heart. Even if you have taken a road off track, your heart knows the path; listen to it.

For the others, the ones who feel they do not have a place in this world due to their kind and soft heart, I would say that now is the time to open it, even more. Make it resonate beyond the exterior chaos. Make your heart beat even louder so that more and more people dare to take the path of kindness, because it is kindness that will eventually save us. In a dark and troubled world, we need more kind people, we need more caring people, we need more compassionate people.