I have a simple kindness challenge for you this week. Here it is:
Tell someone about an act of kindness you recently witnessed, to lift both of your spirits and to potentially inspire future acts of kindness.
I hope you don’t have to think too hard about an act of kindness you have witnessed. Here is one that I was lucky enough to experience first hand: A couple days after Christmas I was eating alone in a restaurant and my waitress told me my check had already been taken care of. I immediately blushed and asked why but she just smiled and walked away. I still have no idea what happened but weeks later am still thinking about the kind gesture.
We are surrounded by negativity so often that the good stories fall through the cracks. I challenge you to only post the good stories in your social media and if you haven’t seen any then go and seek them out. You can read or share stories here and look for inspiration and ideas. Negativity may be contagious but so is a smile.
Almost done with breaking down the manifesto! “May you praise yourself and may you remain humble.” Now that is a tricky one!
I feel like most people either do one or the other and it is difficult to find the balance. In my life I don’t really praise myself, I do acknowledge my accomplishments and am praised by others so both are more of an internal “praise”. The thought of praising myself outwardly doesn’t feel humble to me, it feels cocky.
I think when people begin to praise themselves outwardly to others the ego gets involved and it feels a little like boasting which definitely isn’t humble. This one reminds me of satya and brahmacharya in the yamas of yoga. Be truthful about your accomplishments and positive attributes but there is no need to be excessive. You need to believe in yourself and realize how amazing you are without letting your ego take over. Do you feel like you do one more than the other? Do you praise yourself? Try writing down what you have accomplished in the past five years. It can be pretty eye opening.
I wish this were true. I wish we could see people for who they truly are instead of their outer shells. I’d like to think the world would be an even more beautiful place. I do think some people have that “knack” and can see right through you and I have also met people who think they can but actually have no idea!
When it comes to the ethical practice of yoga, judging goes against ahimsa and satya (non-violence and truthfulness). When you judge someone it is often not the truth, it is only an assumption and it is definitely harmful to both you and the other person. It may only be a thought but that thought turns into your attitude towards them. When you judge someone it also automatically closes you off at least a little bit because you have jumped to a conclusion.
Our ego is the part of us that feels the need to judge and label things so it is definitely human nature so don’t beat yourself up about it! Just be more conscientious and aware as you go through your day today. Notice when you are judging or labeling something. Why did you feel the need to do that? How does this judgement reflect back onto yourself? Nothing in this world is intrinsically bad or good, it is only the value we place on it. I think it is time to stop labeling and judging people and being more open to see the beauty in every individual you meet.
I will be posting photos and reminders on “The Spiritual GPS” Instagram and Facebook pages to help you come back to this focus for the rest of the day.