Body and Spirit: Ancient Wisdom As A Guide For Modern Life


Be kind, 

for everyone you meet

 is fighting a hard battle.
~Plato


Detail of The School of Athens by Raphael
You most likely are familiar with this quote. You should be; it's been around for almost 3,000 years. The words are Plato's, the Greek Philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle. I find it interesting, that in all his wisdom, of all the philosophical ideas he put forth, that this statement is one of his most well-know. How astoundly simple, yet seemingly vastly difficult for so many to accomplish. There are many virtues, and we may all aspire to one or another. But there is one thing that overshadows and encompasses all. To me, to be kind is the most important thing, ever and always. No matter what happens to you, no matter the circumstances, no matter how much someone may hurt you, try to be kind. Kindness is the source-spring, the essence, the basis of that which creates beauty, harmony and balance in life. In focusing on being kind, the ego diminishes, and our sacred spirit is opened to others to connect with theirs.
Be kind, always, to everyone you meet.