The second spot of Tapping Into Kindness, Mistake, reminds us to practice unconditional compassion and love towards ourselves when making a mistake. We have been programmed by families and societies to be “perfectionists” and “infallible” when the truth is that few experiences offer us more opportunities to heal and grow than making mistakes. Also, to pretend that we’re perfect and infallible is unrealistic and unfair because “to err is human”.
By accepting that we have made a mistake, we have the opportunity to be compassionate to our human nature and to offer ourselves the support that we would offer to the person that we love the most in the whole world. Sometimes, we become our own tormentor and judge ourselves cruelly. This attitude does not help us, on the contrary, we abandon ourselves, we set unrealistic goals, we demand more than what we can give and, weakened by our intolerance, we let ourselves down repeatedly. On the contrary, by being compassionate, by loving ourselves unconditionally, by treating ourselves with kindness, we not only have a chance to correct the alleged error, but we also give ourselves a renew chance!
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.
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.