A place of kindness

By Nicholas Hooper

A friend of mine once said that what we need is a government that cares for people.
A place of kindness would be the best place to live but where is that?
It seems that many who gain power and rule countries are not kind.
They are angry and greedy and they feed on other people’s fear.
Their land is not a place of kindness it is a place where fear rules:
fear of other countries, fear of those who need help,
fear of other cultures, fear of difference.
There is so much fear around
and we are ruled by it.

A place of kindness
comes from inside us,
and if fed will grow until
our kindness can spread like a seed
and grow like a forest of gentle hands and hearts.
Only from us can a place of kindness be made and
by growing this in the garden of our minds we can reach
beyond fear to touch the hearts of others and awaken them
to the truth that our living in a place governed by fear is to
turn our backs on each other, on the world of nature that supports us,
on the very soul of our existence, and so lose that place that we all so want.

A place of kindness.



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper