Cultivating kindness in our family is a choice we make every day. Which seeds do we plant, nurture, and grow? Acceptance and understanding, or do we opt for the often easily accessible fear and judgment? The way we live our daily lives greatly affects everything around us and especially influences our children. We must comprehend our choices, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, actions, and habits all intertwine to create our existence – our life garden. Allowing kindness to be an essential component in our gardens leads to a life of peace, love, and balance.
Now how do we share all this grace and kindness with our kids, so they too can harvest this bounty of benevolence? Simply put… get heart-centered! Let love be the guiding force in your life to be the shining example for your child. Demonstrating, supporting, and celebrating love is the meaning and purpose of all life and we share this love with others through our conscious actions. Keep these four seeds of wisdom in heart and hand to cultivate kindness in the lives of your loved ones:
Honor: Living a life of honor is to demonstrate truth, honesty, and integrity in your actions and beliefs. Allow your choices and behavior to reflect the best parts of you and also take responsibility when your actions affect another. When living with great respect of every soul, you begin to see the world as an amazing opportunity to share love and kindness.
Empathy: The ability to feel, sense, or relate to the experiences of another. Knowing what it is like to walk in their shoes or wear their hat, so to speak. Having understanding and compassion for the actions and behaviors of those we encounter infuses us with a deep sense of connectedness. We demonstrate a higher awareness when we leave harsh judgments behind and opt instead to empathize with others.
Altruism: Living a life in benefit of the interests of others – being of service to society and the world without gain to the self. Altruism is being nice and kind to those around you without regard to a payoff for yourself. It is not being a servant to someone or under the influence of another’s control. Demonstrating this behavior to our children is the best way to nurture their internal sense of benevolence and generosity.
Gratitude: The emotion and energy we exude when in deep appreciation of the circumstances in our world. Long-embraced as an essential virtue in philosophy and countless religions, thankfulness leads to a life of peace, health, and prosperity. Being grateful for the diverse experiences of living directly correlates to success in achievement, well-being, and social bonding. When we are grateful, we are kind.
Deb Snyder is the award-winning author of Intuitive Parenting: Listening to the Wisdom of Your Heart (Atria/Beyond Words) and a champion of heart-centered living. For more information, please visit www.heartglowliving.com
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