Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Simplicity from Susan Piver in my Inbox this morning; perfect simplicity.
Gentleness toward yourself allows you to see your own basic goodness.

Seeing it, you see it in others.

Seeing it in others, you can be kind.

Kindness can heal our world.

Meditation is the practice of gentleness.

You do the math.
Makes everything seem quite easy, doesn't it?

The key to me seems that second line. The remarkable shift in learning, through meditation and yoga and mindfulness practices and the like, to be non-judgmental, spacious, and kind — when your mind runs to yesterday or last year, or you fall out of Natarajasana for the 17th time, or you once again get lost in fears about what might happen tomorrow — translates to the same ability to be non-judgmental, spacious and kind with the people around you.

And wow, if that doesn't just change a helluva lot about being alive in the world.

Be gentle.