Combining her experience in the world of moving images and her need to share spiritual tools that can make our lives a worthy adventure, Rev. Sonia Echezuría conceived Tapping Into Kindness, a series of 5 spots that help us remember that, when facing challenging situations, we always have the option of breathing, validating our feelings and choosing a kinder response to share with the world. These on-line doses of kindness are posted on YouTube and you can access them by searching ‘Tapping Into Kindness’ in Google and YouTube or by visiting us en.nolapeles, or soniaechezuria.com.
The first spot of Tapping Into Kindness, Traffic, reminds us that when a person drives in a way that we consider rude or inconsiderate, the man or woman behind the steering wheel can be motivated by reasons that we do not know and that could explain –and even justify- their conduct. Being rigorously honest with ourselves, we probably remember situations where we also have driven our vehicles with less caution than necessary. By “putting ourselves in their shoes” and embracing our common human essence, it is feasible to respond to this situation in a more caring, loving and compassionate way. It is important to bear in mind that an angry or violent response affects the nervous system and may expose us to greater dangers.
The Tapping Into Kindness teachings are very simple, as simple as the greatest revelations we realize throughout our lives. However, these teachings are not easy to practice, because it is not easy to be mindful of our thoughts, feelings and actions in order to be proactive rather than reactive. To choose growth and transformation is not easy but it is worthy –just like giving birth can be difficult and painful but well worthy. The Tapping Into Kindness campaign does not teach us anything, it reminds us what we already know intuitively, that practicing compassion, unconditional love and kindness we can reach the sky while keeping our feet on the ground.