KINDNESS IS MAGIC
Kindness... what does kindness mean to you?
I will tell you what kindness means to me. Kindness starts with you. If you are not kind to yourself... you cannot possibly be kind to others. But how can you be kind to yourself? 1. Love yourself and accept yourself. This means blocking opinions of others and negative self talk. It can be easy to say, "stop thinking and saying negative things about yourself" but to actually do it is a daily practice. And that is okay. Be aware that you may be doing it and make a conscious shift to say something positive about yourself instead or just stop and say "Thank You God."... even if you do not know what you are thanking him for at that particular moment. You can thank Him for the soul that is you and for your vessel he gave you. Put post-its up around the house with reminders or compliments to yourself... put them on the bathroom mirror so you see it when you first get up in the morning or on the kitchen counter. 2. Have patience with yourself. To love and accept yourself, you must be patient. We are none of us perfect but all of us perfect 3. Take care and nurture the vessel you are in, your soul and spirit. Take down time and listen to your body when it tells you you need rest. Meditate, stretch, exercise, laugh, surround yourself with people you love and activities you love to do when you can and when you feel up to it. Ground yourself with salt baths, the beach, bee or bird watching, walks and gardening in nature. Eat clean, purify yourself and watch how kind your body is in return, especially if you have neglected it for so long like so many of us do or did.
Kindness doesn't just mean yourself though, of course. Kindness is also moving beyond your self. It is having an awareness for others and their feelings and reactions. Kindness is going above and beyond whether large or small to lift others up, make them feel appreciated like they matter... because we do all matter. It is smiling at a stranger, holding a door for a stranger, letting someone go first in line, donating, thanking someone, supporting someone, gifting without expected reciprocation, and the...CONT'D BELOW