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Making Kindness Your Guiding Light

By Dr. Margaret Paul
July 01, 2024



What is your highest priority, your guiding light? What's most important to you?



kind actionsWhat is your guiding light most of the time? What is your highest priority, the thing that is most important to you most of the time? As you go through this list, be honest with yourself! Pick one or more things from this list that are most often your guiding light.

  • Being right
  • Having my way
  • Being in control of how people feel about me
  • Being in control of what people think of me
  • Avoiding my painful feelings
  • Never being taken advantage of
  • Getting love, approval, and attention
  • Being in a relationship
  • Having children
  • Having sex
  • Food, alcohol, or drugs
  • Looking good
  • Getting away with doing as little as possible
  • Not being controlled by anyone
  • Winning
  • Doing things right, being perfect
  • Never making a mistake
  • Avoiding failure
  • Being taken care of emotionally
  • Being taken care of financially
  • Making money
  • Getting things done - accomplishing things

When you have any of these as your guiding light, then you will, of course,be harsh and judgmental toward yourself, trying to control yourself and others into getting what you want. You will, of course, abandon yourself in other ways as well - ignoring the anxiety, stress, and depression that all this causes, and turning to various addictions as a way to avoid these feelings.

What if you decided to make kindness to yourself and others your guiding light?

Much would change.

Instead of placing your value on any of the above - what people think, getting what you want, making lots of money, how you look, how you perform, and so on - you would place your value on your kindness toward yourself and others. You would define your worth by your compassion, generosity, caring, understanding, gentleness, tenderness, honesty, reliability, warmth, and aliveness. This does not mean that you would not want to be successful, but it does mean that the end does not justify the means. You would not be unkind to others to get what you want, because being unkind to others is never kind to yourself. 

“Bad Faith”

Your true essence is naturally kind and caring, so anytime you are unkind to others, you are going against yourself - you are in "bad faith" with yourself. This hurts you on the soul level and is therefore unloving to yourself. You can never truly feel good about yourself while being unkind and uncaring toward others.

Making kindness your guiding light does not mean that you will be weak and allow others to take advantage of you or control you. This would not be kind to yourself or anyone else. Your wounded self might say, "If you make kindness your guiding light, you will lose out. You will not be successful. You will not get enough done." What I'm talking about here is not about not getting things done or not moving toward success, it’s about attaching your value to kindness, rather than to success, approval, getting things done, and so on.

Kindness is not weak - it comes from a place of deep personal power. The more you practice Inner Bonding and learn to be loving to yourself - taking responsibility for your own feelings - the more you will be able to make kindness your guiding light. And the more you make kindness – to yourself AND others - your guiding light, the better you will feel about yourself.

Making kindness your guiding light is not something you do once. It is a lifestyle, a moment-by-moment decision. It happens when you remember that you get to choose who you want to be, again and again and again. The more often you choose kindness, the easier it becomes to choose it the next time you are challenged.

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