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This week was Random Acts of Kindness week. So what is kindness? Google says it’s got something to do with friendliness, generosity and being considerate. Although all these actions encompass kindness, can’t help to think how it appears like it is something a person need or have to do.

I thought real hard what kindness means to me. This is what I ended up with- Based on my experiences and lessons learned from living life, we as individual cannot really give what we don’t have. So then kindness must come from the pure, kind self within us otherwise it’s nothing but a lip service. Here are five meaning of kindness from my point of view:

  1. Kindness is acceptance – it is allowing someone to be themselves as they are without changing them. It’s a form of love. Yoga is a great practice for kindness. When we’re mindful, we notice our body’s limitation and the hope is that we listen to our body and show kindness to it.
  2. Kindness does not mean acting nice- Acting nice maybe a component of being kind but not always. Sometimes the kindest act we can do is to let someone go & have their own experiences without us. Kindness could mean setting boundaries so that you empower someone to take control of their lives.
  3. Kindness comes from within- You have to be kind to yourself before you can be kind to others.
  4. Kindness is standing up for what you believe and speaking your truth. It equates to the practice of courage and compassion at the same time.
  5. Kindness is seeing the big picture in a situation, doing what’s right for you and for others.

Kindness can mean many things to many people. What do you consider kindness?

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