“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”—Mark Twain, American author (1835–1910)
I hope today (and everyday) you find new and creative ways to express the compassion and kindness that is within you. When you take a moment or two each day to reconnect to your true essence of goodness, it is so much easier to see the places it exists outside of you. In the people you interact with and in all of the environments that you find yourself in each day.
As this quote reminds us, kindness does not need words to be heard or actions to be seen. It can transcend and travel through time and space when your awareness is placed upon it.
This is actually really good news.
Have you ever been in a situation where you are so frustrated, disappointed and angry with someone that it is too hard to show your goodness? It is almost as if your goodness gets swallowed up by these harsh emotions.
Here is a simple practice that may help you to reconnect with your heart when you are alone, in the quiet of a safe space. I hope this practice reminds you of what is truly in your heart and then shows you the proof of how the energy of your heart can travel and touch the energy of another person.
Practice: Floating Balloon
1. Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor. Spine is long and proud. Relax your shoulders.
2. Gently close your eyes, and take 3 slow breaths in and out through your nose.
3. Imagine your favorite colored balloon is in front of you. Pause.
4. Think of a few kind words to put into the balloon, such as peace, help, care, share, or heal, or pictures, such as rainbows, ice cream cones, or flowers.
5. Use your breath to gently blow a kind word or picture into the balloon with each exhale. Pause.
6. Once your balloon is full, think of someone you would like to share it with. It can be a family member, pet, friend, teacher, or someone who might need some extra love. It can also be sent to someone who has not been nice, maybe someone who is not feeling enough love themselves.
7. Picture the person in your mind. Breathe in through your nose. Pause. As you exhale, send your balloon to this person. Pause.
8. Imagine your gift of kindness, love, and joy arriving in their hands. As they grasp the balloon, imagine each word and picture from the balloon entering their body, heart, and mind. Pause.
9. Imagine how this makes them feel. Pause.
10. End with Home Base.