Judith Kravitz answers the question:

What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?



Well, that's such a great question, and it's had me reflecting over the past week or so, when I was invited. What it made me realize is that I really live in a nice universe, that there's so many nice and kind things that happen to me every day. So it had me think about, well, why is that? Because many people are not having that experience. And part of it has to do with what I feel is important to me and my values. So I was looking at that and someone once asked me, if you were to choose a new partner or a partner, what would be the qualities you would like in them? What came to me immediately was kindness as being really important. It's important to me that I extend kindness, regardless of what's going on, and that it's important to me to have people in my world who are kind.

So, that being said, there are many stories I could tell. But when reflecting, there was one that really stood out for me, and it wasn't because the act of niceness was so great. It just touched me in such a deep way because it was so selfless. So I would love to tell you that story with a little bit of background. It happened about maybe four years ago, and at that time I had a very busy schedule. I was flying and doing a lot of international programs, which would culminate at the end of the year where we would do in December our final training for the year, a teacher training. So whenever I did that, I would do it mostly in Florida because there was a connection there that I had. It was actually my spiritual teacher who had demonstrated actually showing qualities of being enlightened, unconditional love, many qualities like that.

She from time to time would actually come and visit and support us at this program, which she did that year. It was a great program; it's like the peak of our programs, the highest level that our students do. So she was there, and at that point I was done. I had just finished six international trainings, and my body was starting to feel it. So during that training, there was something going on with one of my feet. I couldn't put any weight on it, it was hurting so much. So half the time I had my leg up on a chair and it was painful to walk. So I thought, Okay, I'm going home after this. I'll be fine. So the program ended, it was beautiful, and I was driving back to my residence at the time in Florida.

I get a call when I reach my room that this person, this teacher of mine, said, “I'm on my way.” I'm like, “Well, why?” It was literally the middle of the night. She said, “I want to work on your foot.” I was really amazed and really touched because I knew it had been a big week for both of us. She had a few symptoms of a cold, and that the thought of this incredible being driving to me in the middle of the night to work on my foot. So she came and she brought a tub and some special solutions to put in the tub. And she spent about an hour rubbing and massaging my foot, and literally, I'm sure, sending healing energy. At the end of that hour, I stood up and my foot was better.

It just seemed like such an extreme act of kindness and being nice to go out in the middle of the night and help someone who needed some healing and do that. So that always stands out in my mind, and whenever I think of her, that seems to come back as far as just that special kind of love that someone would have, that special kind of givingness. So it's inspired me in my life to want to go that step beyond when there's someone in need. In this work that I do, there's a lot of, let's just say, healing and processing and emotions that come up. And when I'm with someone who's in process or catharsis, I always think of her going that extra mile, reaching out when it wasn't expected, it wasn't requested, and yet going for that extra kindness and niceness. So that's what I wanted to talk about today that has been an inspirational tool for me, and touched my heart so much.

Dr. Judith Kravitz, doctor of metaphysics, ordained minister, and author of the book Breathe Deep, Laugh Loudly: The Joy of Transformational Breathing, has worked extensively with the breath as an agent of transformation and healing since the mid-1970s. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people in group and individual sessions, and trained thousands of breath facilitators and trainers. In 1994, she founded the Transformational Breath Foundation and its training programs, and still serves as its executive director.

Judith, who has taught at the college level, has appeared on 50+ television and radio programs. Her breathwork has reached 53 countries, and she’s led trainings, workshops, clinics, and master classes at healing centers and conferences around the world, including The Deepak Chopra Center, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Rowe Conference Center, New York Open Center, Omega Institute, Hippocrates Institute, Optimum Health Institute, the Global Inspiration Conference, The LifeCo, and many others.

In addition to her primary focus of Transformational Breath®, she has facilitated A Course in Miracles groups, inner sensitivity classes, children’s yoga, and women’s empowerment groups. Her approach to the subject of healing is spiritual, professional, loving, and dynamic.

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This article appears in: 2022 Catalyst, Issue 5: Qigong Global Summit