This week marked the final challenge in Niki Meadow’s The Kindness Challenge, and the prompt was “to be grateful for kindness.”
Given that kindness and gratitude are both subjects dear to my heart, I really felt in my element this week. I absolutely consider myself a very blessed person – I love almost everything about my life. But that’s not to say that I don’t have challenges and sadnesses, or places where I’m stuck or wobbly – just like everyone else on this planet. But I am certain about one thing. My life is better with a gratitude practice. It truly is.
I whole-heartedly believe that gratitude and appreciation are some of the most expansive energies you can dance with. Gratitude places you in the joy of the moment, AND it opens the door to welcoming more.
I think many of us, and particularly those dear beings who find their way here repeatedly to read my musings, understand we all hold core truths that help us navigate our life journey. There is great value in often turning to those truths in a conscious reflective way.
For me, one of the most valuable bits of wisdom I hold and treasure comes from Connie Kaplan (from her book ):
Isn’t that a beautiful invitation?
I think part of being an awakened human is a commitment to try to always be mindful. To pay attention to what is unfolding, what is occurring, what is showing up. I believe this serves us in every aspect of our life, and yet a gratitude practice can be a brilliant way to hone this skill to master level. I love to think of myself on the joy trail, and I love imagining I have my eyes peeled for all the blessings lining the way. That’s awareness.
I’ve quite enjoyed this Kindness Challenge journey over these past weeks and its encouragement to fine-tune our awareness and practices. It’s been a lovely experience keeping kindness in the forefront of my attention, and I hope you’ve found all manner of new awarenesses as well. May we all be ambassadors of kindness and hold each other in love.