Recently I've noticed that Facebook is abuzz with the term "Random Acts of Kindness", and lots of people are posting random acts of kindness stories. These stories are beautiful and touching, and I love it. Whether it be buying a homeless man a sandwich, or retrieving a child's stray soccer ball, or helping a dog find it's way home, I can tell you from firsthand experience that it feels great to do these kind deeds. Every time I do a random act of kindness my consciousness is raised. I bring myself to a state of "Kindness Consciousness", and it is a wonderful place to be.
Now getting back to those first thoughts in the morning. What if you started your day in a state of kindness consciousness? What if you started your day by consciously choosing kindness? Here's a challenge - start each morning by declaring an act of kindness that you are going to complete that day. We will call this an "Intentional Act of Kindness". And know that all acts of kindness, no matter how tiny, make a positive difference. Start your day in a state of kindness consciousness and I promise you will be kinder, at peace and happier.
Here's a few examples of potential intentional acts of kindness: call your mom, dad, son, daughter; write a letter and tell someone good job; donate; volunteer; say I love you and mean it; feed a hungry animal; feed a hungry person; visit a lonely person; help out at church, school, community center, neighborhood; coach, teach, mentor; Need more ideas - random and intentional acts of kindness videos abound on the internet. Here's a good one on You Tube - "Make a Homeless Person Smile".
No act of kindness is too small. All acts of kindness make a huge difference. As a massage therapist I feel fortunate that I get to make a positive difference in people's lives on a daily basis. In every massage I get to hold the intention for better for my clients. I like to think that I am making the world a better place one massage at a time. You too can make a difference every day, one act of kindness at a time. Intend to make a positive difference in all that you touch, in all that meet, in all that you speak, and in all that you think. Choose "Kindness Consciousness".