We are a world of moaners. Whinging and moaning about everything from the weather to government is a favourite pastime of the young and old alike. We focus on the bad and are surprised by the good. This leads to a vicious cycle of negativity which then becomes the focus of our attention and anything positive is seen as just a fluke or fleeting moment.
By taking the time to be grateful and lingering in the grateful moment, we start to be mindful of the good things in the world. We start to see more positive things; positivity breeds positivity. We start to see the good in people, we crave it and, when we see it, we want to repeat even more good.
Today, we are going to make not only ourselves feel better, we are going to make someone else feel a bit better.
We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life; mindlessly moving through the day without a real thought to what is happening to others around you. Today, our mindfulness practice will focus on others. We will do this through random acts of kindness.
During the day, randomly do some form of kindness for another person. It does not require any money, only your own free act of kindness.
If you are finding it hard to come up with some ideas, here are some to get you started.
– Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
– While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
– When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
– Write a positive note and leave it in a random place to be discovered by one or more people.
– Email or write to a person who has made a difference in your life.
– Let someone into your lane on your way to or from work.
– Give someone a hug!
Try to do at least three RAKs during the day.
Make a mental note about each #mindfulmoment, bask in the loving feeling of RAK and congratulate yourself for being in the present.
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