Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama recently gave a talk about the importance of kindness and personal responsibility recently and the response has been amazing.
I've always been pretty interested in personal development and conscious living. Over the last few years, I've read more self help books than I can count- most of which were extremely helpful and some of which were....less than.
Whatever belief system the book, workshop, class audio or course was based on, one common thread ran through nearly all of the material and that was a desire to create a positive change in your life and in the world around you.
Whether you mediate, practice mindfulness or any other form of conscious awareness, the desire to create change is at the centre of it and it seems like this is the perfect time for that, the world just seems to be in a funny place.
Lets face it, the news at the moment isn't exactly awe inspiring when it comes to human kindness is it? It seems like every week there are more things to feel sad or grieve about. As I said in my last blog, we've got to do something about this and it starts with how we treat each other and ourselves, no matter what is going on around us or what is being reported by the media.
Despite how bad things can look, I do think there is a lot more good out there than we realize or even notice and it's important to focus on that and not let ourselves get overtaken by bad news. I recently came across something about kindness that got me thinking-In a survey by freepostcodelottery.com, it was found that 33% of Brits aim to carry out an act of kindness each day.
Literally a third of us want to do something kind for someone else, whilst it's not being shown on the news it is proof that there is a lot of good out there, but clearly we need more.
In such a busy City like London it's easy to set intentions to be kind and help other people and even easier to forget about them. The phone rings, we get an email, we bump into someone or we need to run to a meeting and before we know it, said good intention was forgotten.
Busy schedules aside, what if we all followed through with carrying out acts of kindness and made them a priority? Something that only takes a few moments can literally change someone's day.
I like the idea of taking responsibility for creating the change you want in society-This month, lets commit to and follow through with an act of kindness each day for someone- it doesn't have to be a massive gesture and it doesn't need to appear on social media (shocking I know) but lets each commit to setting an intention to do something kind and then make sure that we follow through with it, because that is where the magic can be found, not just in setting the intentions but in following through with them and making them happen, consistently.
Who's in ?