• Practice generosity of the spirit. Take the time to smile at someone, to wish him or her well, to offer them a place in a line or a seat on the bus.
  • Make a conscious effort to let go of self-recriminations, and move forward with new resolve if you have broken a precept.
  • In the spirit of self-examination and adventure, fill in the blanks yourself in the statement, "If you want to be a rebel, ________________."

To practice: A generous spirit, self-forgiveness, and curiosity about taking risks are all aspects of the ethics of kindness. Choose one of these ideas to build into your life today.

Sharon Salzberg in The Force of Kindness