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Bill Cumming Bill Cumming director. supporter. kindness power plug.

Bill Cumming is Director of The Boothby Institute. He supports individuals, children, and teachers in schools; prisoners; and YMCA and corporate staff in discovering the power of loving-kindness. [www.theboothbyinstitute.org]

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There are two things that make up the essence of my life and most of my communication: loving people and allowing them to know that they are powerful enough in any moment to take charge of their lives. It’s my experience that once people know they are truly loved and their worth and value are a given, they naturally begin to be good to themselves and to others.

I discovered the power of loving-kindness bass-ackwards as I was trying to understand where violence came from in our society. Upon the rape of one of my children, my immediate response was to want to kill. (This beautiful child, now forty, is well and is a continuing inspiration to me.) The irony of wanting to solve damage with damage hit me immediately. In my search for understanding, I met a man who’d been damaged in his youth. He admitted to me – in a maximum security prison in Somers, Connecticut – that he had killed and raped. He also, at the end of a very long day, told me he was sorry that my daughter had been raped.

I am the recipient of loving-kindness from a person who has done great damage and, regardless of any good I might have done, I am capable of great violence.

The capacity for everything is within each of us. If you use the Judeo-Christian story of creation, God created the earth and then Adam and Eve. And we are each related to those who come from them. Using Darwin’s story, when we go back through humans, mammals, birds, and reptiles we come to the single-celled amoeba. We are related and we share our capacities with the whole human race.

The question is: What will I water today? I begin each day with reminding myself that we are living in a miracle. This day is precious. I am alive and breathing. Everything is interconnected. Everything we do makes a difference. The only question is: Will it be a positive difference or a negative difference? The only thing I control is me, so what do I choose to be today? I choose to be about loving-kindness today. And if I forget that this is a miracle, I take a step back, breathe, and begin to love again.

– Bill Cumming

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