Every day we are presented with opportunities to show random acts of kindness and compassion, however there is always the intention in the back of peoples minds to do such things but unfortunately don’t usually follow through.
As Albert Einstein once said, “A human being experiences themselves, thoughts and feelings as something separate from others a kind of optical illusion of ones consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison to us. Out task is to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion”.
Such emotional skills like caring and empathy are necessary to build and grow a healthy society. Having constant exposure to violence through different mediums like television, video games, movies, media we become numb to the sensitivity and feelings of compassion and empathy through rewiring parts of the brain. This is a critical skill to our emotional wellbeing as it supports ones self awareness and social development.
Caring about others demonstrates compassion in action, something that we all need and can benefit from in many ways. There is now scientific research from Harvard that supports how kindness can strengthen our immune system and boosts our health and wellbeing as well as reduce depression, aggressive behaviour and increases optimism and resilience as well as support healing in general.
As we mourn the tragedies of this week in #MartinPlace Sydney & Pakistan, we are witnessing an out pouring of grief and an abundance of collective kindness and compassion amongst total strangers bringing a comfort to many. A strength, a oneness that is powerful beyond measure and connects within your core.
The gallery of photos shown below from The Australian news website actually demonstrates the ripple effect and power of what one act of kindness of one person and one bouquet of flowers can do.
As you go through the gallery of pictures you see how one lonely bouquet has now multiplied to a giant landscape of thousands of flowers and people connecting as one to deep sadness, loss, love, unity and healing.
This is what an open heart looks and feels like. The true power of Love and Kindness in magnificent action.
#MartinPlace #PakistanSchool #PayItForward #sydneyseige #Kindness #Power #Tolerance # compassion #oneness #connection #Love
Pictures courtesy of the The Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au
As Sydney awoke to the news that two hostages had died in the city’s siege in the early hours of December 16, the first flowers were left in Martin Place,
at the edge of the railway station entrance, by an unidentified man. Picture: John Grainger
Despite not knowing the victims, Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and barrister mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, well-wisher Erin Costelloe
left a floral tribute near the scene. Picture: John Grainger
Finance worker Kate Golder, 37, followed, breaking down in tears. Her office is just 100 metres from the Lindt Cafe.
“It could have been any of us,” she told reporters. Picture: John Grainger
The dramatic stand-off with gunman Man Haron Monis lasted over 16 hours, with much of Sydney’s finance hub Martin Place closed off to the
public until later that morning. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty
More and more Sydneysiders came to leave a tribute, with the message ‘We do not fear and nor do we forget,’ written in chalk on the nearby footpath.
“It’s the only thing I knew I could do, symbolically, to show that I stand up for peace,” administrative manager Lauren Langley said after laying a bunch of multicoloured roses. She was working nearby on the day of the siege when police cars by the dozen poured into Martin Place.
Visiting members or the public were joined by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife Margie, alongside Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione,
NSW Premier Mike Baird, Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore and Governor General Peter Cosgrove. Picture: Joosep Martinson/Getty
As night fell, the memorial site was lit up with candles left by visitors, as members of the public continued to lay flowers and leave messages of remembrance.
The following day the shrine had grown dramatically, with some of the hostages and their families visiting, including Elly Chen,
Harriette Denny and Jarrod Hoffman. Picture: Cole Bennetts/Getty
By day three, people were being asked to wait in line for at least 30 minutes to deposit flowers,
“(The long queue) doesn’t bother me at all; it’s the least I can do,” said visitor Julia Ong, “I wanted to pay tribute.” Picture: Toby Zerna
An ariel view of Martin Place shows just how big the sea of flowers has now become, as people continue to attend in their droves.
Picture: Cole Bennetts/Getty