Sometimes we learn the spiritual practices that we are seeking through life itself. Today was one such day.
Joe and I took a walk along the canal today in Uppermill, UK, heading to our now favorite lunch spot, the Lime Kiln cafe. The Lime Kiln is a charming cafe along the canal that allows its patrons to sit outside, even in cold weather, to enjoy the water and the gardens beyond. They even provide lightweights blankets on the chairs to sit on or otherwise wrap up in while watching the ducks and geese play on the water.
About a block from the restaurant along the canal stood a woman who was educating and collecting donations for the Canal River Trust, an organization that takes care of the canals and helps preserve them. After speaking to her for a few minutes, we left to go for our lunch. Joe offered to bring her back a cup of hot tea when we passed by after our meal. A really kind thing to do as it was a damp cold day. And the lovely part of it was that she immediately accepted his offer, thanking us in advance.
After enjoying a delicious lunch we carried said tea back to the woman, whose name was Claire. She was most appreciative. And as we walked away, it dawned on me the perfection of the whole scene I just witnessed.
The true heart of compassion lies not only in performing unselfish acts of kindness, but equally in showing true compassion for the Self by being able to receive such kindnesses. It reminded me of Karuna Reiki®, which invites us to Compassionate Action, and asks us to show that same compassionate action towards ourselves.
Life continues to be the teacher. Much love to all. Namaste.