How many of us move through life secluded in our own little world? We are often guilty of not being present in our day to day activities. We take pride in multi-tasking and “getting things done” on our “to do” lists. However, we are rarely taking the time to be mindful of what we are ACTUALLY doing? When we are present, we are able to move through life and find opportunities to help others in small ways.
There are many ways we can do acts of kindness on a regular basis. These acts can be as small as smiling at a stranger to volunteering your time for a cause. However, we must be present to have awareness of these opportunities. This requires us to get out of our own little world to be available to engage with others. How can we know that someone needs help carrying something if we are scrolling on our phone? How can we notice someone is distressed if we don’t have awareness of our surroundings?
I am very mindful of the struggles that people face because of the work I do daily. Through my work, I often encourage people to have self-compassion towards themselves and empathy for others. I work to not be judgmental and instead evoke a sense of curiosity about what struggles others may be facing. These lessons are really working towards teaching people to be kind or build awareness of kindness in the world. I strive to do this outside of my office as I move through my daily journey. So, I challenged myself to find a way to spread kindness and model this for others.
How can I spread kindness in small ways? The kindness jar became an idea that made my “actions for the week” list last week. I found myself a jar and utilized some free printables from Big Life Journal that focused on affirmations and expressing gratitude. I also left some blank papers available for people to add to the jar. This kindness jar will be travelling with me to my office and other outings that I will be hosting throughout the year. I may also carry a few around with me in my pocket to hand out as needed. Ironically, Satya Yoga is also sponsoring a Karma Yoga Series that incorporates yoga and doing small acts of kindness for the community. I recently attended the first class and was able to further spread some kindness through a similar activity. I encourage you to check out the next class on February 10th @ 12:15.
I hope that this blog has evoked a similar sense of spirt and challenges YOU to find your own small way of spreading kindness to others as you move through your journey.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. -Aesop.
Share with me your acts of kindness in the comments.
Enjoy Your Journey,