Picking at least one of the Week 3 exercises, seemed slightly more of a challenge this week as I worked hard to keep my energy kind and positive, although tired and exhausted.
This tip from Niki was really helpful: It will take practice, don’t be hard on yourself. When you find yourself correcting your thoughts and actions, do so gently. Acknowledge the room for growth and make a note to do better the next time you are presented with an opportunity to act or react with kindness.
💛Think kind thoughts so that kind actions will follow
💛Accept and release thoughts that aren’t kind and replace them with kind thoughts
💛Use everyday opportunities to practice acting out of kindness
💛React with kindness especially when it’s hard to
💛Be more kind to those you live with
💛Be more kind to those you work with
💛Be more kind to those around you
💛Be kind in thoughts, actions, and words
💛Remember kindness comes in many forms: courteousness, generosity, thoughtfulness, sympathy, empathy.
After practicing some of the exercises, I noticed that sometimes I have a tendency to judge people; when they’re not doing their job; finishing what they say they will or simply being late or unprepared for a meeting.
Rather than feeling irritated or impatient, I decided I would think compassionate and kind thoughts.
Maybe they have a lot going on in their life right now?
Maybe they’re coping with something I’m unaware of?
Maybe they’re just having a bad day?
I found myself feeling more compassionate, having empathy, not sighing in annoyance and generally trying to think the best of people.
I also ‘good’ gossiped on 2 occasions when I felt someone had gone out of their way to do something kind for someone else.
Many people whisper behind closed doors, but how many whisper in a way that secretly elevates someone else?
How is your energy? Could it do with a little kindness injection?
Always remember, kindness starts with yourself.