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slave trait – Gentleness

my thoughts: Gentleness for me is an act of caring. An act of mindfull loving, giving to the person who is the recipient what is needed. A careful sort of interaction that does not bruise the spirit of others, and in fact can leave others feeling refreshed, caredfor and cherished. It says “you are precious” Often the term “gentleness” is applied in how one handles a new born. We do not rush or move in an abrasive manner, we are careful and soothing. What a delightful characterisitc to cultivate. It is my hope that my countenance and demeanor…and more so my spirit and my heart carry with it the trait of gentleness.

Gentleness

Definition- belonging to a family of high social station barchaic
chivalrous honorable , distinguished – specifically – of or relating to a gentleman kind , amiable —used especially in address as a complimentary epithet (gentle reader) suited to a person of high social station2 tractable , docile free from harshness, sternness, or violence soft , delicate4: moderate

Quotes: “Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on “giving as good as they get.”” ~Elbert Hubbard “In a gentle way you can shake the world” ~Mahatma Ghandi

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” ~Kent Nerburn

But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions. Homer

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. Frank Howard Clark

Culture makes all men gentle. Menander

Articles on Gentleness:

http://stobie.home.sprynet.com/religion/Gentleness.htm

http://www.hospitalclown.com/InfoPages/CultivatingGentleness.pdf

WHEN DEVELOPING a disciplined practice, one of the most valuable gifts we can give ourselves is gentleness. In everyday life, we tend to associate discipline with rigidity, rules, and consequences for misbehavior. Sometimes this kind of discipline is indeed necessary. However, we tend to downplay the equally important role of gentleness in making changes. Change requires a great deal of effort from anyone engaged in it, even if the change is positive. Change plunges a previously ordered system into temporary chaos, and chaos is stressful. Gentleness takes into account our effort and stress; treating ourselves gently is a way of offering encouragement and appreciation for the work being done. – Sarah Parsons A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

Questions by namaste: If Gentleness were a pet how would you care for it? What feeds and nurtures gentleness? Is gentleness an attainable quality? Is is needful and useful for you? Find ways to practically apply gentleness…

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  1. There is a small typo in the link for the pdf file on gentleness. The working link is: http://www.hospitalclown.com/InfoPages/Cultivating%20Gentleness.pdf

    (There is a space between “Cultivating” and “Gentleness” in the pdf’s name.)

  2. This is a beautiful and genteel thing to say and reflect upon. I wish there were others who could appreciate this trait rather than worshiping on the altar of ‘extreme’, typical nowadays.

    Best wishes, namaste.

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