"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.
The breath is such an amazing gift. As people in modern life we rarely utilise and use the breath to its full potential. Through the practice of mindful breathing you can reconnect to this amazing giver of life and vitality. Bringing new energy and a deeper sense of connectedness and wellbeing.
There are many simple methods you can practice in daily life to help reconnect you to your breath.
Try this simple one now, Gently close your eyes and bring your attention to the breath flowing in and out of the nostrils. Keep your attention here for a few breaths, simply feeling the sensations of the breath in and out of the nose. Then, start to follow your breath into the body, allowing the tummy and chest to rise and fall with ease, letting the breath be natural and relaxed. Stay here for a few breaths just noticing where the breath begins and ends, notice the quality of the breath, is it shallow or deep, fast or slow, just noticing with out judgement.
What did you notice about your breath? Often in stressful times we will take short shallow breaths in and out of the chest, whereas when we are relaxed our breath is longer on the exhale and comes from the diaphragm. By bringing awareness to your breath you tune into your body and its healing power. It can help you to relax in stressful times, create the perfect start for meditation and help to identify any underlying health issues. Check out the diagram below which highlights the diaphragm and where you best breath is created. Remember, breath is the link between body, mind and soul.