What you do to others, you do to yourself…

What you do to others, you do to yourself. What you do for others, you do for yourself.

When we love, we feel loved; when we neglect others we feel alone.

That’s the easy bit to understand and can be explained by the documented psychological processes of our brains.

But the cycle starts before we take action.

Whatever you account this cause and effect relationship to (karma, God or human nature); our actions arise from thoughts, which have arisen from our emotions.  So we must feel an emotion, then imagine up a thought, before we can distribute the emotion to others with action.

Maybe we feel gratitude, we think about how best to say express it, then share this gratitude verbally and/or non-verbally.

We must feel love in ourselves before we can love others.

As always, please test this for yourself and see if it is worth indoctrinating at a deeper level than simply understanding it intellectually. Try doing someone a favour, a small act of generosity, or a gesture of kindness, and see if this all holds true.

What do you feel immediately before taking the action?

Understanding this can help you empathise with others, if someone expresses aggression towards you, return only compassion, understanding that they are filled with aggression in themselves.

Of course, the action usually leads to the next emotion-thought cycle. So given the choice (and we always have a choice), what emotions will you try to fill your life with?

What you do to others, you do to yourself. What you do for others, you do for yourself.

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