Look at the world with soft eyes. Practice alone, and then take your soft eyes into the world. You know: soft eyes are the eyes you use to look for the perfect picture, to gaze at a baby or a flower or your dearest beloved.
Look at your community with soft eyes. Take your soft eyes for a walk, and look at the trees and the sky and the sidewalk and the plants with soft eyes.
Practice by looking into the mirror at yourself. Instead of looking for flaws, look at yourself with soft eyes, eyes of being, eyes of loving-kindness. You know – soft eyes.
We are accustomed to counting things and we are accustomed to looking for the flaws in what we see. Instead, look with beauty, and you may see beauty.
To look with soft eyes is not to ignore the problems. There is plenty of time and space for seeing the problems. On the other hand, there is too little time and space given to gazing at one another – friend and foe – with soft eyes, eyes of compassion, eyes of love.
Take your soft eyes into the world.