Practice kindness. It’s a simple word that is used frequently but practiced not nearly enough. To be kind on a daily basis can be quite a challenge – it seems to encompass so much. If we are kind, we won’t judge another, lie, cheat, steal, be mean or spiteful, resent… the list goes on.
Practicing kindness makes us more compassionate, understanding and accepting. It isn’t easy and certainly few of us remember to be kind every moment of every day but when we are kind, things that come our way are usually met with calmness, thoughtfulness and acceptance.
What doesn’t matter is pettiness, mindlessness, regret, resentment and anger. These states of mind are usually centered in fear and the emotional toll is a complete waste of energy. Don’t judge and don’t let others’ judgments and criticisms ruin your day. Have confidence in yourself and follow your heart. Be happy.
Spend time in nature. Take in and relish this beautiful world we live in. Whether it be sitting on top of a mountain staring at the vast beauty in front of you, in a forest where you can smell the pine and the earth, or on a beach where the waves mesmerize you as they crash to shore. We live in a beautiful world and too many times we get busy and forget to stop and look at what we have.
Sit in silence or meditation for at least a few minutes to bring one’s self back into focus, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Connecting with nature brings most of us peace and clarity of mind. Embrace the serenity as, more often than not, it enables us to be less reactive and aggressive and more thoroughly enjoy the day. The best part about nature is that it doesn’t cost anything – it is free for all to share and connect with.
Love animals. We can learn so much from them. Our pets spend their entire lives living in the moment – not worrying about the past or the future. They are pure love, joy and innocence. They inspire us to exercise, make us laugh, remind us we are worshipped and allow us to love them dearly and freely.
I have four rescued dogs, three of whom were facing death at a very early age. To think of what could have happened to them versus the life they are now living and the happiness they bring me fills my heart with love and gratitude that we found one another!