This morning I’ve put together some meditations on kindness, read it and see if you can try this little exercise into wellbeing.
A great way to improve your wellbeing according to the father of Positive Psychology Martin Seligman is to do acts of kindness.
“doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”
I have provided a simple mindfulness plan to increase your wellbeing today based on the kindness research in the science community and my own coaching practice.
- Start by doing some Loving Kindness mindfulness meditation this morning. Taking some deep and relaxing breaths repeat the phrases, “May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy and live with ease.”
- Take the morning just a little slower. Luxuriate mindfully in the morning, stretch in bed a little longer, sip your coffee with attention on the sensations, wash your body sensually in the shower and really check in with your mind, body and emotions as you begin your day.
- While out and about today remember to be kind to yourself, when you hear the critical voice inside, step back and take some mindfulness breaths and choose to let the judgments go. Short little meditations on kindness will connect you to the mindset you develop in your longer formal meditation practise.
- Extend your kindness outward by doing a random act of kindness for someone unsuspecting, savour their response and notice how it makes you feel.
When the day comes to an end you might like to journal your observations and continue on the kindness pathway by extending your kindness day into a kindness week and testing how your wellbeing is greatly increased.
By Marion Miller.