Just For Today, Choose Kindness

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”

“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

~ Both quotes from The Dalai Lama

I have a little challenge for you today. It’s a kind of soul medicine, and although it can be a little difficult if you’re out of practice, the more you move into the energy of this challenge the more you will find that it was always your soul’s default position. Think of this challenge as a way to restore your factory settings!

Ready?

Just for today, choose kindness.

Choose to smile from your heart.

Hold back any harsh thoughts, words or criticisms, and find a way to be gentle in your dealings with self and others.

Let kindness be both your journey and your destination.

Just for today, choose kindness.

Let kindness colour the way you see the world.

Put away judgement, and seek out things that can swell your heart with gratitude.

Look for the good in people, the beauty in your surroundings, the blessings at your feet.

Appreciate the simple things, and if you can, share those simple things with others.

A caring word, a gentle touch, a nod of support – none of these things will cost you a penny, but to someone they might be priceless gifts.

When we choose kindness, we ease the way for ourselves and others.  We become an agent for flow and abundance.  Our attitude affirms the goodness and connection inherent in this experience we call life.

We may become an Earthly Angel for someone for whom the Universe intends support or encouragement. God and good can only work THROUGH us. Why not be an agent for that good? Why not be choose to be part of a deliberate energy of love and positivity?

Whatever we choose to think and believe, whatever actions we offer up to the world, our energies come back to us, multiplied.

Trust that the kindness we offer today will find its way back to us when we most need it.

Through the act of living from our hearts, we are transformed, becoming magnetic to even more good-will and positive energy.

Just for today, choose kindness.

Let the energy of love transform your life.  Let the energy of love transform our world.

Just for today, choose kindness.

Today, in someone’s darkness, you can be the Light. ♥

Sending all my love to you, Nicole xoxo

Kindness Challenge – Week Six

Image from Stone Arch

Image from Stone Arch

“Are we being good ancestors?”
~Jonas Salk

 

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to the sixth and final of our Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. This week’s challenge is all about leaving a legacy that can benefit others in some way.

I encourage you to explore more than one of the ideas I have listed over time. Not only will these ideas help to leave the world a better place, they will also enrich your life as you are living it. There is a great gift in giving to others; in how we feel about ourselves and regard ourselves. There is also a sense of comfort to be had in being able to shape the future of those around us in positive ways.

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Image from youwall.com

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Write or record the stories of your life, to leave for your children and grandchildren.
  2. Record or have your grandparents or parents write down the stories from their own lives.
  3. Plant a tree that you will never live to see fully grown.
  4. Write down all the family recipes in a book you can give to a younger relative.

    Image from FamilyHistory4U

    Image from FamilyHistory4U

  5. Encourage people. You never know what that encouragement might lead to, or who will be able to thank you later in life for your kind words, or having had faith in them.
  6. Donate to charity or tithe as part of your daily life. Give money to organisations or individuals whose values you admire or that sit well with your own.
  7. Join a political party, or other organisation whose aim is to serve others and to shape the world in some way. Join because you care, and want to help change things. Join because you want to be involved, to contribute.

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    Image of Sea Shepherd Crew from All Road Sat

  8. Write letters to your loved ones, that can be given to them after your passing.
  9. Love your family and friends well, so that your love lives on in their hearts and memories after you are gone.
  10. Use your talents and gifts. Do what you can to refine and polish these things within you. Be the best that you can be in your chosen field, hobby or interest.
  11. Live with passion.
  12. Strive for excellence in what matters to you. As you lift yourself up, you lift those around you, you set a good example, and you can mentor others.
  13. Pass your values and skills on to others. Don’t worry if what you share is a life skill. Teaching someone to knit, to cook an egg, or to tie a knot is as valuable as teaching a complex science. There is strength, wisdom and beauty in skills passed down, enriching each generation. And the memories that are made!

    Elizabeth teaches Katie to knit - Image by Elizabeth Voss

    Elizabeth teaches Katie to knit – Image by Elizabeth Foss

  14. Prepare your will. Put thought into it. Update it as needed.
  15. Record the names, dates and locations for your old photographs. If you have elderly relatives, offer to do this with them while they still remember.
  16. Donate information, images and old items to museums or historical associations.
  17. Organise to donate your organs. You won’t need them if you die, but you could give someone else the most precious of gifts – life!
  18. If you want to have children, get healthy and be in the best shape you can be before conception. Look after yourself during pregnancy. Don’t drink or smoke. Gift your child a healthy start to life.
  19. If you are an artist, a writer, a thinker, an inventor, a cook, a creator, a builder. a nutty professor – leave a body of work behind. Books, music, paintings, papers, recipes,philosophy, inventions,constructions, creations.

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    Christ in the House of His Parents – painted 1849 – By Sir John Everett Millais

  20. Provide emotional support to someone in need.
  21. Create a family scrapbook or photo album.
  22. Record the history of artifacts you’re received from others For example, if there is a piece of furniture, jewelry, or an embroidered article write down the history of the piece and how it came to you. Accompany your history with photos and information about how to best care for and use the item.
  23. Be honest, and live with integrity.
  24. Don’t give up when you fail. So many of life’s successes came after many, many failures.
  25. Live from your heart, be brave enough to be vulnerable, love deeply.

Kindness Challenge – Week Five

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
~ John Muir

 

It’s fitting, in a way, that I couldn’t bring you last week’s kindness challenge due to in part to the extreme weather events we were experiencing in our part of the world. But here we are. On with the challenge!

 

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to Week Five of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiary of our acts of kindness for Week Five is our beautiful Planet.

Our planet could use a little kindness right now. It gives so much, we take so much, and there is a fragile balance here that deserves our mindfulness and care.

I encourage you to find one or two things from the following list that you can commit to doing on a regular basis. This is the only earth we get. We owe it to ourselves, our planet, and our future, to do the best we can for this biosphere we call home.

Image from County of Hawaii

Image from County of Hawaii

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Leave the car at home. Walk, ride your bike, catch a lift with a friend or use public transport.
  2. Water a thirsty plant.
  3. Plant a tree.
  4. Start a vegetable garden, even if it is just a few herbs in tubs on your windowsill.
  5. Recycle your waste.
  6. Put a birdbath in your garden.
  7. Buy less. Use less.
  8. Re-use and re-purpose. Buy what you need second-hand. Repair the broken thing, re-sole your favourite shoes. Do what you can to utilise what has already been created. If you no longer need it, pass it on to someone who will.
  9. Don’t buy products that use ivory, tortiseshell, coral, shark, tiger teeth, or reptile skins. These animals and plants are endangered.
  10. Use less processed food, and more fresh locally grown and produced foods.
  11. Don’t waste food.
  12. Buy dolphin-friendly fish, and fish that is sustainably grown or caught.
  13. Take your canvas bags to the supermarket. 
  14. Use your own water bottle or coffee cup, rather than a disposable one.
  15. Start a worm farm or a composting program for your food waste.
  16. Turn lights and appliances off when you’re not using them.
  17. Stop using chemicals in your garden and look for natural alternatives.
  18. Stop using chemicals in your personal care and cleaning products and look for natural alternatives.
  19. Use both sides of the paper. Recycle when finished.
  20. Support farmers who farm organically, sustainably and cruelty-free.
  21. Wear an extra jumper or put another blanket on the bed rather than using the heater.
  22. Dry your clothes using sunshine.

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    Image from leafjournals

  23. Put rubbish in the bin, even if it’s not yours.
  24. Share or borrow objects you don’t need to use very often.
  25. Recycle your wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. Be creative with your gift wrapping.
  26. Organise a clothes swap party with your friends.
  27. Wash in cold or warm water, not hot.
  28. Buy local, including supporting local artists.
  29. Don’t buy stuff just because it’s cheap! CreeIndianProphecy-e1373927658240
  30. Use rechargeable batteries.
  31. Take a shorter shower, or shower with a friend. 🙂
  32. Don’t flush medications or chemicals down the toilet or sink.
  33. Replace disposable products like razors with durable ones that have replaceable heads.
  34. Use real crockery and cups rather than disposables.
  35. Don’t release helium balloons into the air – they present significant risks to wildlife who may ingest them.
  36. Cut six-ring plastic pack holders (like the ones used for beer) apart before disposing of them so that they don’t harm wildlife.
  37. Fix dripping taps.
  38. Consider solar panels or a solar hot water system.
  39. Support groups and policies that work to protect natural spaces, habitat and endangered species. We all need wild spaces and clean environments.
  40. Use the cooled cooking water from vegetables or boiled eggs to feed to your houseplants or garden.

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It’s a beautiful world. It deserves our love. <3

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Kindness Challenge – Week Four

Image sourced from Lucy Ellis

Image sourced from Lucy Ellis

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”
~ C. JoyBell C.

 

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to Week Four of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiary of our acts of kindness for Week Four is our Self.

Self Love and acts of kindness toward the self can be a difficult thing for some people. If this is you, I urge you to try! The way that we treat ourselves sends a strong message out into the Universe about the sort of treatment we will accept and allow from others. Treating ourselves well is a powerful action for turning our lives around!

Self care is not selfish. If you give too much to others and don’t replenish yourself eventually you will burn out, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Naturally, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s marvelous. You’re worth it, you know! 🙂

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Evaluate your finances. Make a plan to pay off debt, to save, or to invest your nest egg – depending on what stage you are at.
  2. Have a long shower or a soak in the bath. Use a scented soap, bath salts or oils. Listen to music or enjoy some solitude. Take time to lovinglymoisturise your body. Lavish care and attention on yourself.

    Image from Amara

    Image from Amara

  3. Take yourself to a movie you want to see. Indulge in a choc-top ice-cream or other decadent or nostalgic snack of your choice.
  4. Give yourself a proper day off. Not a day for catching up on chores or housework. Not a day where you sit in front of a computer. A whole day, from sun up to sun down, to get out and about!
  5. Visit someone you love and hang out for a while.
  6. Visit a place you love and hang out for a while.
  7. Plan a holiday – one that excites or inspires you. Grab some brochures and start to dream.
  8. Do some essential health maintenance. Make an appointment with your doctor, masseuse, dentist,acupuncturist or whomever else helps keep you in shape and feeling good.

    Image from Runners World

    Image from Runners World

  9. Eat well. Because eating well makes you well.
  10. Indulge in a nostalgic food or meal from your childhood. No guilt – give yourself permission to enjoy!
  11. Buy or borrow a book or a movie. Escape to that world for a while.
  12. Buy yourself a properly fitting bra or sports shoes. (Or whatever else you need) You deserve to have clothes that fit properly and that look after your body.
  13. Drink plenty of water.
  14. Move your body. Dance, do yoga, ride your bike, go for a walk or a swim. Our bodies were designed to move.
  15. Get a haircut or a new style. Feel good about how you look.
  16. Give yourself permission to just be. No doing. Unplug for a while.
  17. Enrol in a course. Learning new things keeps your mind bright and fresh, and it expands your horizons.

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    Image from College Humor

  18. For twenty-four hours, refrain from negative self talk or self-criticism. Instead speak kindly to yourself. Be supportive and loving with yourself.
  19. Forgive yourself for that thing that still troubles you. Let go of the need to hang on to the pain and shame.
  20. Let go of perfectionism. Allow yourself to make mistakes, and to strive, without the restrictions and stress of needing yourself to be perfect.
  21. Throw out three items from your wardrobe that express low self-worth.
  22. Write a list of fifty things for which you are grateful.
  23. Take time for a hobby you enjoy. Make more space in your life for that hobby.
  24. Have a movie night at home in your pyjamas, with movies that make you feel good. Order a pizza or your favourite take-out.

  25. Spend some time in nature. Hang out in the sunshine, swim in the ocean, climb that mountain, watch the birds and all the critters, lie on your back on the soft grass and practice some cloud busting.
  26. Stop doing that thing you know isn’t good for you.
  27. Start doing that thing you know is good for you.
  28. Take an hour and go through your old photographs. Choose some to have around you, that help you remember who you are and what is important to you.
  29. Get a good night’s sleep.
  30. For one whole day say no when you mean no, and yes when you mean yes. Now you have the hang of it, keep doing it!

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Kindness Challenge – Week Three

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
~ Robert Fulghum

 

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to Week Three of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiaries of our acts of kindness for Week Three are our Loved Ones.

Loved ones are those souls who are closest to us. It could be our partner, our children, our parents, our pet, a best friend, a brother or a sister. It’s the family we were born into, or the family we make for ourselves.

Sometimes we get so busy, or time slips by, and we take our loved ones for granted, or fail to show them just how much they mean to us. This week lets us address some of that imbalance.

Naturally, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s marvelous. 🙂

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Make a phone call or a skype call to a family member who lives too far away for you to visit easily. Let them know you’re thinking of them, and send them all your love.
  2. Send a card to a dear friend. One they can find in their letterbox. Just because!
  3. Visit an elderly loved one. Spend time talking together. Everyone appreciates a visit.
  4. Do someone else’s chores for them.
  5. Make your loved one a cold drink, or their favourite hot one, and take it to them for them to enjoy. Maybe include a tasty treat too. 🙂

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    Image from risewall.com

  6. Knit, sew or craft something as a surprise present for someone you love!
  7. Leave a loving and encouraging note in a loved one’s lunchbox or diary.
  8. Wrap your loved one in a big hug, and whisper in their ear how much you love them.
  9. Make a favourite food from your childhood (or their childhood) to share with a loved one.
  10. Offer a back rub, foot rub or manicure.
  11. Say sorry for that thing you did. Mean it. If you can’t say it to their face then write it in a letter. Let there be space again for healing and love.
  12. Forgive a loved one for that thing they did. Let them know they are forgiven.
  13. Acknowledge the struggle of a loved one. Sometimes the best kind of support is actually not being invisible to the ones we love.
  14. Recognise and praise the efforts of a loved one who is making changes in their life.
  15. Pass on a book/movie/music that you’ve enjoyed.
  16. Read a bedtime story to your child, or anyone else you love who might enjoy one!

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    Image from Wikipedia

  17. Organise a get-together for no special reason.
  18. Tell a loved one how much they mean to you, and why they are important in your life. If you can’t do it in person, write it in a letter.
  19. Send a newsy letter or email with some photos to someone who loves you but who doesn’t get to see you very much.
  20. Play. With your children, your pets, your lover, your friends. Playing is good for all of us.

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    Image from This is Me

  21. Give a loved one the gift of your undivided attention.
  22. Let a loved one sleep in, while you take charge. Better yet, stay in bed together!
  23. Meet a loved one for a picnic lunch, or a simple picnic dinner. What matters is that you spend time together, making new happy memories.
  24. Do something together that you used to do when you first met or knew each other.
  25. Leave a meaningful treat and a loving note for that person you love. It could be a bunch of flowers, a chocolate, a batch of homemade brownies, a warm pair of socks or a book from a much-loved author.

Kindness is all about spreading the love around. Thanks for being part of the magic. Bless xoxo

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Image from BeemBee

Kindness Challenge – Week Two

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Image from Candid Slice

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
~ E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
~ Jon Katz

 

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to Week Two of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiaries of our acts of kindness for Week Two will be friends.

Naturally, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s wonderful. 🙂

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Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while. Remind them of five reasons why they are terrific.
  2. Whip up a double batch of soup, cupcakes, spaghetti or something else tasty. Keep half for you, and deliver half to a friend who could use a night off from cooking.
  3. Write a letter to a friend, telling them how much your friendship means to you.
  4. Spend some time with your friend, and really, really, really listen to them. Make them the most important thing in the world for that time you share together. Gift them your attention and your presence.
  5. Put out your neighbour’s bin, or bring it in for them when it is empty.
  6. Go through your old photos and make some copies to send to your friend, capturing happy or special moments you’ve shared together.

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    Image from The Thing Itself

  7. Send a text message, email or card encouraging your friend to believe in and follow their dream. Let them know you have faith in them!
  8. Pick a bunch of flowers from the garden, and give them to your friend for no reason except that you love them.
  9. Buy your friend a coffee, or invite them over for a cup of tea or a glass of wine and enjoy some time catching up.
  10. Offer to walk the dog or look after the kids while your friend is ill.
  11. Post an anonymous gift to a friend going through a hard time. It could be a small amount of money, a scratch it card, a voucher or a movie ticket. Write a note, disguising your handwriting, that says simply THINKING OF YOU XX
  12. Give your friend a heart-felt and sincere compliment.
  13. Play day spa and give your friend a footmassage, a manicure or a new hairdo.

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    Image from IFeng.com

  14. Offer your friend some reiki or a healing if you do that kind of thing.
  15. Go for a picnic together, even if it’s in the backyard!
  16. Choose a crystal for a friend, give it to them, and tell them why you chose it and how it can be helpful for them.
  17. Offer to clean the kitchen, do a basket of ironing or some other chore to help out a busy friend.
  18. Send five text messages, at random times throughout the day, reminding your friend that they are fabulous and letting them know how much you love them.
  19. Give your pet ten minutes of your undivided attention. Do something together that you know they love!
  20. Make a mix tape/CD/USB stick of songs from the era you and your friend grew up in, or from an important time in your lives. Give it to them as a gift.
  21. Give your friend a hug! Hugs are good for us. Feel free to hug your pet too.

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Kindness Challenge – Week One

Image from Reem Writes

Image from Reem Writes

“What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of the kind.” ~ Cleveland Amory

 

Hello Friends, and welcome to Week One of our six week Kindness Challenge.

To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. The beneficiaries of our acts of kindness for Week One will be strangers.

Of course, if you choose to do this activity more than once, or to work on one each day that’s absolutely fine as well. In fact, it’s wonderful. 🙂

Okay, Kindness Ambassadors, let’s go!

  1. Give a smile and a warm hello to someone in the street.
  2. Wave and say thank you to the man or woman holding the stop/go sign at the roadworks or pedestrian crossing. (There was an especially grumpy man who does this job at a major roadworks near me. I consider it a personal victory that after six months of smiling and waving and saying hello and thank you to his stony face he now waves and smiles back at me every single time!)
  3. Give a smile and a genuine thank you to someone who has served or helped you. Eg: Thank you, that coffee was delicious. Thank you, I look forward to my lunch here every day. Honour a serviceman or woman by thanking them for their service to your country.
  4. Give a smile and a compliment to a stranger. Pay attention to the girl who sells you your newspaper, or the shy youth at the supermarket checkout.  Notice the lovely handbag or perfume or haircut or tie or interesting jewellery or smile or skill or attitude of another person. Be genuine and mean what you say. Here are some examples: Excuse me, I love your shoes. Wow, you added that up in your head so fast. That was an awesome reverse park. The flowers in your garden are beautiful. You have such a well-behaved dog.
  5. Donate some old blankets to a pet shelter, or some clothes, books or other unwanted goods to a charity so that they can help someone you’ll never meet.
  6. Write a letter to a company/school/business/service praising an employee or volunteer who has been helpful to you and given exceptional service or done something you feel needs positive acknowledgement.
  7. Practice a few minutes of Bliss Bombing. (See note below)

The Art of Bliss Bombing

Bliss Bombing is really good for shy people. If you aren’t able to get out and about, do this to a plane flying above you, a car going down the road, or to a place in the world that you feel needs a little extra kindness.

This is a gorgeous activity, and one of my favourites. If you’re able to, take yourself to a public place, like a mall, coffee shop, or a bench in a park near where people are walking by.  Sit somewhere unobtrusive.  When someone walks past, shoot a radiant shower of golden sparks from your heart to theirs and silently bless them with love.  You can even send joy and love from your heart to trees, animals, plants, bus-loads of commuters and overhead planes.  You might  want to say to yourself, “I bless you with love.  Know joy today.”  If anyone catches your eye, just smile.

Feel your open heart begin to tingle with energy and joy.  In that place of energetic connection look around you at the world and you will see that it IS brighter and more beautiful because of YOU.

Congratulations, Kindness Ambassadors! Today your kindness has helped contribute to a positive flow of energy in the world.

It’s okay to let your face crack open from smiling.  Thank the Universe for this amazing experience we call life.  Expect an outpouring of feel-good emotion. ♥ Don’t be at all surprised at how the Universe will mirror your love and energetic abundance back to you.

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Image from Lopez Family Now