Kindness towards others should be secondary only to Self-Kindness.
Acts of self-kindness directly impact our wellness and once we are kind to ourselves other acts of kindness will follow.
Being honest and facing our own fears can be one of the highest acts of kindness towards ourselves. What other actions define self-kindness for you? Lately, I’ve been cultivating the art of boredom and this is an act of self kindness for me because I don’t usually allow myself time to “be lazy” or JUST BE. It is freeing, to sit in a chair or lay on the ground and daydream, just watch the birds, observing the world as it “passes by”! But it’s not really passing, I’m just playing an observer role, which removes me from having to judge, think, solve problems, or change anything…I just get to be and that is one of the greatest acts of self-kindness
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.-Joseph Joubert
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.- Dalai Lama
The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.– Julia Alvarez
You’ve probably noticed that I love quotes, I collect them and I’ve found so many great quotes about KINDNESS. Makes you wonder what so many great writers, philosophers and spiritual leaders know, it must be something important this thing called kindness.
Many a movie and catch phrase have been coined around the idea that Kindness counts, and Paying It Forward and I think people sometimes become jaded and just think these phrases are cliche. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what kindness and happiness mean to the world and how they are different from culture to culture.
Perhaps some feel pursuing happiness or random acts of kindness don’t really mean anything or make any difference to world. Our definitions of kindness don’t have to be in lock step for us to agree that kindness counts, however you define it. If you question your own honest definition of kindness, I love how Brooke Castillo breaks it down and asks us to be courageous in our kindness, not to take it lightly or sugar coat it!
Kindness can sometimes be a hard choice to make! But never forget, it is always our choice to be kind.
Haven’t you ever had a really crappy day and someone just gave you the most genuine smile, held a door for you or gave you a small compliment that really changed your attitude for a moment or even for the rest of the day?
We have all experienced the power of kindness to uplift us and make us feel happier.
I hope you will consider how your kind actions effects your overall wellness and that of others.
What is one of your latest random acts of self-kindness?