I started 4 Acts of Kindness because I need more kindness in my life and in the lives of the people around me. I often get compliments about how sweet, polite and kind my children are. And they are. However, they are not always kind to each other. They are 2 years apart and get along about 25% of the time. The other 75% of the time, they bicker, argue and compete! It drives my husband and me crazy. We’ve tried everything, parenting books, a family kindness contract, therapy and yet the competition and sibling rivalry continues. Thus, my exploration into the subject of kindness.
I teach a Tween yoga class every Wednesday, so I took the opportunity to try out my 4 Acts of Kindness on this group first before I challenged my own children. I asked the girls to sit in a circle, close their eyes and breathe. I introduced the concept of the 4 Acts of Kindness:
- Being Kind to Yourself
- Being Kind to Others
- Being Kind to Someone you have a challenging relationship with, that you do not know very well, that you may not like or that you may find different or strange.
- Being Kind to our Earth
I asked the girls to try to perform these acts of kindness and then report back to me. My hope is that by challenging myself and others to 4 Acts of Kindness daily that I will change, the people around me will change and maybe, just maybe I can spread more kindness in the world. Follow me on this journey and let’s see what we can do!
I challenge all of you to start practicing the 4 Acts of Kindness daily and let me know how the practice changes your life.