Can kindness easily become a daily habit? Or are we going to observe it once a year.
Yes; there is a movement for Kindness, and while each country might celebrate it during a different month, the World Kindness Movement is real, and many celebrate it on November 13th. You can start to search about it online with #WorldKindnessDay if interested in the history of it.
I’m getting ready for it. Are you? Of course as someone more introverted I started thinking. One question just tugged and tugged at me.
It made me sad to think I sometimes ask myself, “Is/was that a kind gesture?” To me, the act of asking means that what I might have just said or did might not be so kind. I’m not one for much political correctness so let’s not say kindness equals political correctness as, at least in my mind, they are not the same thing.
Self-Kindness to Kick off World Kindness Day #WorldKindnessDay
Where does kindness start?
The give and take of displays of love, care and kindness, need to start with how you treat yourself in these ways, or not.
As an introvert who spends more time in her head, it might seem easier to identify when my inner spout of love, care and kindness is shut off. Being mindful in the moment is what can help me know, love, care and kindness aren’t flowing. The fountain is clogged.
Just like anyone if I stop and listen to myself, or feel how I’m feeling, it’s easier to recognize what positivity might be shut off or flowing.
But then what the heck do you do about turning the self-kindness flow back on?
Personal kindness experience
Once I was working at a local voting poll. A local group tasked a few members with something someone has to do in our state: collect signatures for a political office hopeful to be on the voting ballot!
I told myself as I was driving to the polling location, “Reach your goal, be kind to yourself, and let things will flow.”
There were two people walking out from voting together. My thinking was, “Better to approach someone after they voted.” As we were moving toward each other, I smiled saying, “Hello, I wonder if you would be willing to help me?”
The big, brawny guy gave me the hand, the “talk to the hand” sign.
Being caught in my thoughts my mouth wouldn’t open to respond in anyway!
Then both people started loudly saying, “No, Go away, I’m not interested.” So I took a deep breath, put a smile on my face as I nodded to them and went over to a couple of women at the table of my political party.
One of the women, then two, and then three said, “I can introduce you to some folks I know, nice folks, which I can ask to help you.” These women were wonderfully kind to me – and they offered first to help. I didn’t have to ask.
End of my shift: task accomplished, goal reached.
How much self-kindness are you giving yourself?
It’s amazing how being kind to yourself first opens the door for others to be kind to you. It seems that many of us suffer from lack of self-kindness.
If you follow my blog you know a big part of my morning person routine includes meditation. Recently on an online meditation community I belong to, we were introduced to a most effective kindness meditation. Of the 459 times played, it was rated with 5 of 5 stars. The community is over a million people so I look forward to the number of positive comments growing.
Maybe you have time or interest in one of the meditation teacher’s videos with you to discover more about loving kindness, beginning with ourselves.
So before you head off on November 13 for World Kindness Day, as Zig Ziglar would often say, “Do a check up from your neck up.”
Not Plato or Phily, most attributed to Ian MacLaren, pen name of Rev. John Watson via https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/29/be-kind/
What practice have you found to grow your kindness?
Are you aware of other global kindness efforts? And do you participate in anyway?
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