Tuesday, November 18, 2014

13) Virtue #10 ~ Gentleness

Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile, especially other people. It is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing instead to be tender, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and careful. When we are gentle we touch the world in ways that protect and preserve it.

Being gentle doesn't mean being weak; gentleness can be firm, even powerful. To behave in a gentle manner requires that we stay centered in our own values and strength. Coming from this center, a gentle word or touch can channel our energy into healing or making peace.

'Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.' ~ Gandhi

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