Attention all Kindness Challenge Participants!
Can you believe we are five weeks into the challenge?! Great job with the previous four weeks! Some weeks have been a breeze, others have truly been a challenge, and the focus of other weeks might need to be exercised for a while. Whatever the situation is, be sure to adapt this to fit you best. The goal is for this to stretch you out of your comfort zone and ease you into increasing the kindness in your life. This week we will focus on being grateful for the kindness in our lives.
Think of kindness as the seed and gratitude as the soil. It will nourish that seed and help it grow for all to enjoy its beauty.
We have been focusing really hard on having our thoughts and actions come from a place of kindness. We’ll continue to incorporate the things we’ve been working on up until now but this week is about being thankful for the kindness in your life. This may seem similar to week two when we observed kindness. The difference is your goal is to not just notice but appreciate it. By being on the lookout for kindness in all of its forms you’re cultivating the kindness in your life. You’re tending to your garden of kindness and weeding out the negativity by not entertaining it.
Please bookmark this post so it’s easy to find as you’ll want to pingback (link) your reflection for week 5 here! The current challenge post will be featured on the homepage for easy access or you can click on the “Weekly Links” under the Kindness Challenge page to find your way back here.
This week’s focus is to end your day with gratitude for today’s kindness.
Week 5 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:
- Make a list of all of the kind things that happened to you today
- Keep a journal handy to write details of something kind you’d like to remember
- Find 5 kind things about your day
- Focus on the things you have that money can’t buy
- Say a few words of thanks for the kindness you noticed in your day
- Meditate before bed and start off with focusing your thoughts on all that you’re thankful for today
- Come up with a mantra or affirmation of appreciation you repeat before bed
- Let thoughts of today’s kindness be the last place your mind goes as you go to bed
- Extend the gratitude by expressing it to the people that showed you kindness
- Come up with your own exercise
Tip: Remember, kindness comes in many forms. Focus on filling your thoughts and heart with all of the good things that happened today. This will make it easier to recognize kindness disguised as thoughtfulness, courtesy, generosity, sympathy, helpfulness or any other ways it might show up in your day.
If you aren’t currently on week 5 of the challenge, click here to find the post for the week you’re on.
Week 5 blog prompt- After practicing the exercises for the week:
Share your experience! How did you incorporate gratitude into your week? How did it make you feel to focus on the good things each day? Did you notice anything different by looking for the good things in your day? Did you find yourself weeding out the negative aspects of your day? Did you find that it took the power away from the negative situation by not fueling it? Did you express your gratitude to anyone? What was it like? How did they react? How did it make you feel? Is this something you’re going to incorporate into your daily routine? It’s your story, tell it however you like!