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13 April 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hi Kind Living Friends!
As we continue to respond to the challenges the pandemic is posing, I encourage you to find opportunities to act with kindness. Take a minute to consider kindness from two perspectives, the inner form and the physical form. 
  • Inner kindness has to do with your thoughts and self-talk. 
  • Physical kindness is about actions. 
Most of the time when we talk about kindness, we are referring to the physical kind, the performing of kind acts. In the week ahead, spend time each day on inner kindness, on what's happening inside of you.

Start by taking a minute to reflect on any challenges you are having in taking care of or being kind to yourself right now. If it helps, consider ways you can take care of yourself that allow you to be in the best position to be there in the best possible way for others.

You know, put on your own air mask before assisting others, right? 

Dr. Kristin Neff of the University of Texas at Austin defines self-kindness as directing warmth instead of criticism at yourself. The more warmth you have, the more you can share.

And we all need more warmth these days.


PS - Speaking of warmth, I'm interested in holding a weekly Appreciation Circle on Zoom. My idea is for it to be a place where folks can drop in for as much or as little of the hour as they can spare, both to share things for which they are grateful and to hear what others have to share. It's an opportunity to focus on positivity at this time, to connect with others, and to spread warmth. Please let me know if you're interested in this idea.

Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.

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