Day 142: Kind Karma
“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” Elbert Hubbard
In other words, we get what we give. Whatever energy, kindness, quality and time we give, we will receive in return. I have a hunch that this applies to the thoughts we think as well. If we have a head full of negative thoughts, how can we be fully present in our kindness? I have to admit, I still catch a negative thought here or there, but rather than berate myself for falling back into old patterns, I simply think a positive thought. Most of the time that works, unless of course it is a deeper pattern, and in that case I give myself time to explore the thought and the space and time to heal.
By having kind thoughts, we will create kind beliefs about ourselves and others. Kind beliefs will soon shape our world and a kindness will shine out and touch those around us. That is Kind Karma.
With Love and Kindness,
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Day 141: Kindness is Everything
“Kindness, I discovered, is everything in life.” -Isaac Bashevis Singer
There is nothing more to add. I too have discovered that kindness is everything in life.
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Day 138: Harmonious Kindness
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
The amazing Louise Hay, author of several books, including You Can Heal Your Life, speaks at length about the power of affirmations. One of her regular affirmations is that all of her relationships are harmonious. She especially applies this affirmation to people she works with, landlords and any person others have deemed difficult. She has even used a version of this affirmation with people in her life that she had past turmoil with. In each relationship that she affirmed to be harmonious, she soon found to be harmonious. I have been putting a version of her affirmation to test and I have to say, it works. I have written, said aloud and even meditated that certain relationships are harmonious and healthy and sure enough they have proved to be or are shifting that direction. I now have added that all of my relationships, and any new people I meet, are harmonious and healthy. It is amazing what a positive attitude and a regular kind affirmation can create. What we think, we certainly become.
Day 136: Loving Kindness
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
Happy Easter! Whether you celebrate the day or not, it coincides with Spring and other religious holidays which all have a common thread, and that is new beginnings. How does the subject of new beginnings relate to loving oneself? Think of Spring for a moment and what is actually taking place. Spring is a time of expansion, growth, beauty, novelty, and bravery. If you picture a flower or any plant during spring, it is opening to the sun and warmth and at the same time beneath the surface it is growing stronger roots. Opening up and growing takes a great amount of trust and bravery and that is where I find the connection between new beginnings and loving oneself. In order to make any changes in oneself, and to start a new journey, takes a great amount of self-love and self-trust. We alone are the only one inside of ourselves, so we might as well learn to be totally, madly in love with who and what are. Be brave, be bold, but most of all be self-loving.
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Day 135: Kindly Try Something New:
“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you never done.”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t be afraid of change, because it is leading you to a new beginning.” – Joyce Meyers
When you try something for the first time such as a new sport, cooking a new recipe, starting a new job or taking up a new hobby, do you encourage yourself to try and keep at it, or do you expect to already be an expert and belittle yourself if you fall short of your imagined high standards and expectations? If you fall in to the latter group it might be time to learn how to kindly treat yourself when you try something new. Learn to laugh at yourself and find humor in your mistakes. Remember life can be fun and doesn’t have to be so serious. It is also important to encourage yourself just as you would a young child. When we experiment and dare to try something new, it is not only brave, but the exact thing that makes life fun and interesting.
Remember to encourage yourself, and nurture your new beginnings through kind self talk and lots of humor.
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Day 134: Kindness in a Cuddle
“Cuddling literally kills depression, relieves anxiety and strengthens the immune system.” – Unknown
I have no idea if that quote is based on scientific studies and data or just made up, but I do not really care, it completely makes sense to me. Who doesn’t feel better, more loved, recharged and content after a good cuddling session? We all need the same things in life and we certainly need to feel good and loved in order to be kind and spread that kind feeling to others.
Lucky for me that my children still like to watch a movie and cuddle or read a book and cuddle, because after a very long week of work and life, that is exactly what I needed. Whether we cuddle with our children, spouse, friend, parent or beloved animal, harness that love and turn it inward so that you can feel love and turn that into kindness for yourself and all others.
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Day 124: Love, Friendship & Kindness
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life has a way of reminding us what is most important. Sometimes it reminds us in the worst possible way. We all know that our family and friends are the most important part of life. They quite simply make life worth living and are the very source of joy and laughter in this sometimes harsh life. I feel blessed that I have created a life that is full of love, friendship, and kindness, even if I could not see it and feel it before, I suspect it has always been there. The difference now, through this journey to find, create, and live in kindness, is that I’m choosing to see it everyday and in everyone, including myself, my loved ones, and even strangers.
Today, hug your friends and family a little longer than usual, call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while, and tell all the special people in your life how much they mean to you!
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Day 123: The Power of Kindness
“Things always have a way of working out. Never underestimate the power of prayer, faith and love.” – Unknown
It is difficult to see the light and to have faith that “things” will work out the way we hope and wish for when we are in the midst of a true crisis. We never truly have an idea if situations will turn out the way we hope they will or not, but we certainly can try to make a difference with positive affirmations and prayer. I like to think of prayer and positive affirmations as almost the same thing, except with positive affirmations, instead of asking the universe or our higher power for what we desire, we affirm what we want through positive thinking and the law of attraction. Of course this is a much easier task when life is going well or is at least manageable, but may not be possible when life hands us a crisis. In this case, we can let our loved ones, support us, pray for us, love us, and say positive affirmations on our behalf.
Pray for yourself and pray for those that need it and are struggling. Everyday practice positive affirmations and affirm all the wonderful things you desire. Life is short, so make sure you are thinking, believing and creating the life you want.
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Day 122: Kind Caregiving
“Sometimes we need someone to simply be there, not to fix anything or do anything in particular, but just to let us feel we are supported and cared about.” – Unknown
When tragedy strikes we are never really prepared. As a friend or caregiver it is hard to know what to do and what to say to our loved one that is struggling. Our instincts might urge us to want to fix and make better, but most of the time that is impossible. Sometimes the only thing we can offer is our loving support. The loving support might be a shoulder to lean on, it might be listening, it might be bringing food or leaving your phone on all night in case the friend needs someone to speak to when they cannot sleep. Just being willing and available to the people that are facing their worst nightmare is enough. As I told my son today as he visited his friend in the hospital, just be yourself and know that we are here to love and listen. Beyond that, we cannot change what is happening, nor can we fix it.
We always have the opportunity to give love and kindness, whether through a challenging day or just a regular day. Take a little extra time to be kind to yourself, to your loved ones, to the strangers you encounter today, and to the lovely planet we call home. We are all Kind. We all embody kindness and love and we all want kindness and love…so give what you desire and you will be sure to get it back.
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Day 121: Kindness Through a Storm
“Love is a shelter in a raging storm.” – Warren Barfield
I’m so angry and sad today. My heart is broken. My heart breaks for my dear friend who received the worst news imaginable today. I have experienced similar pain and tragedy and I want so badly to scoop her up in my arms and keep her from the pain I know she is experiencing and will continue to experience.
I find myself in a familiar place. Asking why. Why is pain and tragedy necessary? Why do we have to experience loss, disease, trauma? There really is no logical answer. I’ve been told that we need to experience the difficulties that life brings in order to experience joy. But there is no solace in that explanation. It just completely sucks! Horrible things happen all the time, everyday, to many people. All we can do is to love a little deeper, to find more joy and to live life to the fullest, because there are no guarantees. There is just this thing called life and sometimes it is cruel and painful and we have to weather the storm and hope to come out the other side.
Please hug the ones you love, tell them how much they mean to you and always be kind to every being, we all need it! We all need love, compassion, understanding and kindness.
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