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A Table of Kindness

Day 143: A Table of Kindness

I received a wonderful compliment from the mother of one of my yoga students. She shared with me how her daughter loved that it wasn’t just a yoga class, but more, that it was a place where she could share and “talk about stuff.” The mother also shared that whatever we spoke about in class, later turned into a family discussion at the dinner table.

(At the beginning of every class, I gather my students in a circle and we share. Each student receives a turn while everyone else gives their full attention. Sometimes I have a preset theme or subject and other times I simply check in and asked how they are each feeling.)

The compliment got me thinking about two things. One, that I could do the same thing every night at my dinner table with my family, and two, how amazing it is that a circle of sharing at a yoga class could then influence and affect an entire family. It is rare, especially as we get older, that there is a place to go and check in to share our feelings. Perhaps all families, all classes, and all work environments should start the day with circle time or end the day at a table where kind listening and sharing take place in a loving and supportive way.

Start your own table or circle of kindness. Try doing it every morning to start the day or at the end of the day around the dinner table. You might just be surprised at what comes out of your children. And if you do not have children, try it with your partner or roommates.

With Love and Kindness,

Jennifer Palazzo

Photo Courtesy of FreeImages.com and The Very Kind Space Cadett

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Bonding Creates Kindness

Day 58: Bonding Creates Kindness

“Life has taught me that respect, caring and love must be shared, for it’s only through sharing that friendships are born.” – Donna Favors

The act of bonding is creating, sharing and nurturing a connection full of love and respect for another. Bonding, it is what we automatically do with our children from the time of birth. It is what we do with our close friendships and loved ones. It is what we do if we are part of a team, group or work environment that encourages bonding. It is what happens when you go through an intense situation with others. It is what we need to do with ourselves.

Sometimes bonding comes naturally and no effort is required, however, other times, great effort is necessary. Relationships change, people change, our children grow and go through different developmental stages and these changes can put distance between people. Bonding can also be the act of reaching out and creating a bond for no particular reason other than: why not!

Kindness to Self:

I think of bonding with myself as both essential and extremely important. Bonding with ourselves is something that is deeply personal and unique. It is quality time spent with yourself, doing the the things that are nurturing and rejuvenating.

Kindness to Others:

Bonding with our friends, co-workers, family and children is what life is all about. These moments are the essence and source of joy in life. I think the only challenge is being completely present in the moment. Turning of the cell phone and metaphorically turning off other distractions and truly engaging in that moment.

Kindness to Strangers:

Bonding with strangers is as as simple as extending your hand out and introducing yourself. Putting yourself out there and being open can lead to all sorts of opportunities to bond, connect and forge new friendships and relationships.

Kindness to Our Planet:

Bonding with the planet can be understood as creating a special relationship with a place in nature that you somehow connect with. Maybe the ocean provides a special feeling or a walk in a forest? Where ever the place may be, do a little research and see if you can create a deeper connection to the natural places you love through conservation or protection.

Jennifer Palazzo

Photo Courtesy of FreeImages.com and The Very Kind Amir Rochman

Letting Kindness Unfold

Day 45: Letting Kindness Unfold

“Go with the flow. Force nothing. Let it happen…trusting that whichever way it goes. It’s for the best.” – Mandy Hale

Do you ever have one of those days that just does not go the way that you had planned? A day that you had specific plans for, and for whatever reason, it kept changing in unexpected ways. When that happens, do you fight it? Or do you let the current of the day take you where it wants to go?

I had a day like that today. I was planning to wake up, go to the gym, write my daily post, have lunch, and then take the family skating. That is not how the day unfolded. The day turned and twisted in unexpected and unplanned ways. Some of the twists and turns were nice, like an unplanned play date for my daughter and a walk with my girl friend, but some of the day was not so fun, and was filled with disappointments, miscommunication and hurt feelings. However as the day unfolded, and tears were shed, and feelings were shared, and new connections were made; kindness was created.

  1. Kindness to Self:

    Can you go with the flow and surrender? Can you trust that your higher power will give you exactly what you need?

  2. Kindness to Others:

    Can you let others be how they need to be, share what the need to share, do what they need to do?

  3. Kindness to Strangers:

    Can you see the good in all people and not judge others? Can you be open to new people and situations?

  4. Kindness to Our Planet:

    Can you keep the health of the planet in the forefront of your mind?

I ask myself how does letting go, surrendering and allowing the day to unfold as it wanted to, relate to kindness? It relates to kindness, because by simply surrendering to the unexpected day, kindness was found, created and experienced by me and my family.

Jennifer Palazzo

Photo Courtesy of FreeImages.com/GregoryPawelczuk