I read an article in Women’s Health UK (September edition) this week about Kindfulness and it really resonated with me.
Mindfulness is something that a lot of people are becoming more aware of and speaking about fairly openly. But first of all, what does mindfulness actually mean?
But Ajahn Brahm suggests that by adding kindness to mindfulness it will allow the body to be more at ease as we enter a new state of relaxation.
The true Buddhist tradition is to meditate or practice mindfulness alongside goodwill, generosity and warmth. Whilst mindfulness and meditation has grown in recent years in Western culture, it is seen as an individual and therefore could be interpreted as more selfish compared to the Eastern tradition. Although it’s fantastic that Eastern traditions are entering the Western culture, are we totally missing the point of mindfulness?
If we are able to incorporate kindness into our daily lives, much like the meditation or mindfulness, it needs to become habitual. Once we have that, we should find ourselves in a much happier state and therefore find it easier to ease into a calm state when being mindfull.
We can all incorporate kindness in our everyday lives (if you aren’t already) whether that is genuinely complimenting somebody, smiling at a stranger or giving a teary person a tissue.
Just one act of kindness a day could help you boost your mood and in turn help with your mindfulness and meditation practice. It’s been scientifically proven that just one random act of kindness a day is good for your health. When you witness acts of kindness it can produce a hormone called oxytocin which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which seems to me like all great feelings to have if you are trying to be more mindful!
I’d love to know your thoughts on this and any acts of kindness that you have done or been on the receiving end of and how it makes you feel! x