A is for Altruism
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King Jr.-
Acts of kindness. Helping others without expecting anything in return. I believe this is inside the hearts of all humans and only fear, scarcity or lack can stop this innate desire.
‘Many hands make light work’ and ‘it takes a village’ are sayings that have been passed down since ancient times and still ring true today.
The reason they resonate is because theses maxims are not unique to a moment in history or a certain culture but apply to the entire species of humans. The same holds true for Altruism.
Our desire to help others is ingrained inside of every person on Earth, it is wired into our DNA. There is a reason it feels good to be kind to others.
Holding a door open for someone else or helping an old lady to cross the road. A friendly smile or a warm embrace. All of these actions show love and not fear.
Because all of these things are done from a state of love they also make us feel great inside. By doing kind acts for others, we are showing love to ourselves.
The best part is that doing things to uplift those around us can almost always be done for free. You do not need money to be altruistic.
These thoughtful and caring acts can be done for anyone by anyone, no matter our rank or status in your world.
Altruism is good for all people but especially for anyone suffering from pain. When we take the attention off ourselves and put it onto others then we are not stuck in our own headspace.
Since we know that what we focus on expands, Altruism allows us to expand our focus toward others. In turn, we stop the mental suffering that is taking place insdie of us.
When humans are suffering, it is because the mind has taken over and all attention, thought patterns and focus is narrowed inwards on the self. Altruism is self-less, meaning less about the self and more about others. In helping others we truly do help ourselves.
Today I challenge you to do a random act of kindness for another. What will naturally follow is that you will be more conncected and not seperated. Gratitude will flow and healing will begin take place inside you.