How to Balance Truth with Kindness

A meditator was sitting in the forest when a deer ran by. For a moment, the meditator ceased meditating, instead watching the grace and beauty of the deer. The deer passed by him and took the path on the right.

But a few minutes later, a hunter came by, and asked the meditator, “Which path did the deer take? The left or the right?”

Ignoring my true feelings in the name of making someone else comfortable (being nice) eventually became an unsustainable lifestyle for me.

What I was learning was that it wasn’t so much how we balance kindness and truth as we engage in the world, but how we balance these things within ourselves.

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