Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Regimen: Loving Kindness

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

Cultivating an open heart allows genuine happiness to naturally emerge from within.  In our day to day life we tend to oscillate between hopes and fears, joys and sorrows and we wrestle with the reality that so many of life’s events are beyond our control.  Genuine happiness (or Eudaemonia in Aristotle’s philosophy, translated as “human flourishing”) is not simply a pleasurable feeling aroused by some external stimuli that derives from what we receive from the world.  That type of happiness, more accurately described as “pleasure”, is fleeting and disappears when the external catalyst disappears.  Genuine happiness arises from inner conditions and is an upwelling of kindness that we extend to the world.  It is a symptom of a balanced, healthy mind just as physical well-being is a sign of a healthy body.  

In opening our hearts to others, we begin to know as truth that others' hearts will open to us.  Do you ever wonder what the evening news would be like if everyone on the planet felt loved and capable of loving?  

Community Sits This Week:
Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM Ferguson  Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford
Wednesday  12:00 PM New Canaan Library 151 Main Street, New Canaan

Upcoming Events:
• Evening sessions @ Ferguson Library Thursdays at 7PM starting March 15
• One Day Silent Retreat with Guided Meditations Saturday April 21(more details to follow)
• Mindfulness in Education Conference @ St. Luke's School  in conjunction with Spence School, New Canaan Saturday June 9 (more details to follow)

CMP survives on donations. All of our weekly sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are essential to our sustainability. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted and donations are tax deductible.

Stay up-to-date on all CMP news and happenings by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup and Insight Timer.  

May all beings everywhere without exception know they are loved, lovable, and capable of loving.

(And a heart-felt thank you to Stacy Brunner for the beautiful photo of the heart that she knitted to cheer up a friend - many acts of kindness in one!)

** CMP is a 501c3 nonprofit.
Checks can be given to facilitators at our weekly sits or mailed to:
Community Mindfulness Project
P.O. Box 1713
New Canaan, CT 06840.

** Credit card donations are accepted on our website: CommunityMindfulnessProject.org.

** We thank you!

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Erika Long