As part of the Kindness Challenge the focus for week one was on self kindness and I must admit it didn’t come easily for me, at first. But I was mindful, every day, and when my thoughts turned negative and threatened to take me down a rocky road I shifted my focus. And reminded myself that if I’m to be any good to others I have to treat myself with kindness and compassion first.
So this is what I did this week to be kinder to myself: In mind, body and spirit.
I bought myself a new journal. I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Journal for the past five years but this feels different. This notepad signifies a new beginning, a new phase for me as I move forward and try and find my direction and purpose based on reflections I’ll be writing for the next month, and hopefully beyond. Seeding and re-seeding my mind and spirit with opportunities for new things to think about. I’m so grateful to fellow blogger and lifestyle coach Zach from Strengths Life who’s inspired me on this journey.
Inside this notebook are my lost dreams, words of empowerment and daily gratitudes. I’m excited for what lies ahead, even if I don’t quite know where I’m heading. It feels right.
Last Thursday I had a massage, the ultimate act of self kindness to my body. I’ve had a gift voucher since Christmas and on Thursday I finally used it. A massage of pure bliss … neck, back, shoulders, scalp and feet … all my worries temporarily rubbed into oblivion. It was absolute heaven and I succumbed to the pure joy it gave me.
I walked Harry almost every day. Moving forward and trying to keep my mind on the present as I walked, not allowing it to drift away into unnecessary worries. I also went to my Zumba class on Wednesday which always leaves me energized, grounded and smiling.
Music is my absolute love and keeps me in the present moment providing inspiration and energy. I have it on at home constantly as I go about my chores. I’m trying to multi task less these days, concentrate more fully on whatever I’m doing. Focusing more.
Every morning I stepped out onto my decking and watched the sun rise. Breathing deeply and meditating, even just for a few minutes. It’s calming to watch a new day begin.
New possibilities on the horizon and a reminder that in a fresh day lies renewed opportunities. And that our acts of kindness, however tiny, can make a difference, to ourselves and others around us, every single day.