Today I meditated for 15 minutes on the theme of compassion and I thought, again, about the importance of translating meditation practice into everyday action. The more stuff I have going on, the more important meditation practice becomes, because that translation is less intuitive when I am distracted by my own stuff and therefore less attentive to other people.
Today I acted kindly by leaving toys (a frisbee and a bucket with a sand shovel) at a local playground for kids to find. I put notes on them to reassure parents, which said, “You are the recipient of a random act of kindness! Whoever you are, no matter your age, this is yours to play with and, if you’d like, to keep or share. Have fun!”
But the best part was when, a few hours later, I walked back through the park on my way home, only to stop in my tracks: There were two kids, brother and sister, throwing the frisbee and digging with the shovel and bucket. I couldn’t believe it. That was the point, of course, but to actually see the effect—namely, their smiles while playing—was fantastic. I smiled, too, the whole way home.