"No act of kindness is ever too small". As we go about our daily lives its often easy to forget to practice kindness towards ourselves and others. Practicing kindness does not have to be a grand gesture, often the greatest acts of kindness are the simple things we can do. Not participating in gossip or judging someones appearance is an act of kindness that we often overlook. We are not here to judge others, we are here to help and to serve all of life. Treating all living beings with respect is the greatest step towards kindness and you can practice this daily.
Been mindful of your self talk is another act of kindness, if you find that you are been harsh or negative towards yourself, start practicing affirmations that are loving and kind. For example, if you are critical of your appearance practice saying "I radiate love and beauty from deep within my being. My thoughts, words, actions and desires today come from this place of love and beauty."
As your inner world begins to change, so too will the world around you. If there is a particular person that you have trouble with, try saying this affirmation "I treat all beings with love and kindness, may all beings know love, health, safety and peace."
The more you practice love and kindness the easier it will become for this to flow into all of your interactions and the more peaceful you will become.
So often in our relationship with ourselves and others we get tangled up and weighed down with emotional turmoil. We have a thought, we perceive that thought as good or bad and then we attach an emotion to it, we allow our body and mind to then be ruled by this emotion. Often this fuels arguments and can be destructive to ourselves and those around us.
When we start bringing mindfulness into our lives it opens us up to discovering a beautiful world that resides inside of us. We cultivate the ability to remain present. When we are present we feel the emotion rise in our body and thoughts. We can acknowledge and honour that emotion, truly listening to what our feelings are there to tells us.
Journaling about your experiences and feelings helps to build emotional awareness. Another avenue is to express an emotion through creativity. Capture a specific emotion you're feeling by writing poetry, painting a picture or composing music, really sitting with that emotion and letting it be released in a healthy way.
Practicing meditation daily helps to build mindful practice in your life, so that at times of emotional upheaval you are able to go to that still place within you and express your emotions in a healthy way for yourself and those around you.
It has been a magical start to my birthday month of May. I have been enjoying integrating mediation into my daily life with the help of Mindfulness in May. The meditation for this week focuses on body mindfulness. It brings awareness into different parts of the body and allows you to experience the subtle sensations in the body. Really tuning in to the muscles and organs to feel for any tightness or tension. You can then bring your breath into these areas to help them to relax.
I really enjoyed to guest mediation "Compassionate Body Scan" by Dr Kristin Neff.
It combines the body awareness with a kindness towards your self and where you are at in this moment. It rings with truth that you are perfect, whole and complete just as you are and helps cultivate more peace within you by melting away expectations or fears.