Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Although kindness is a noun by definition, to be kind requires action. I don’t believe a person can be considered kind and not act, kindness is something one does. This week’s Mindfulness Monday is all about acts of kindness.
Mindfulness and Kindness
Often life doesn’t offer the luxury of waiting around to see the ripples caused from random acts of kindness, but know they are there, working their way out and touching lives. Being kind can come about in many forms, a simple smile to a frazzled mom in the grocery store, rather than a judgemental side eye, to donating time or money to a cause. Showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected is the definition of being generous.
I like to think of kindness as having a ricochet effect, meaning, an act of kindness not only serves the person receiving the act but also the doer. When we live a life of kindness we experience a boost to our own quality of life. Living a life of kindness comes from the overflow of living a life of gratitude, the two go hand in hand. Mindfulness is definitely a form of self kindness.
So this week let’s focus on kindness, the seen and unseen benefits and the actions it takes to be kind. Do you consider yourself to be a person who lives a life of kindness, generosity and gratefulness? When you are being kind are you doing so to receive something in return? Remember, kindness takes effort and action and it must be lived.
Be you, be beautiful, be imperfect.