It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Mindful Monday post. It wasn’t exactly intentional; I was drafting a new novel in April, and there was the matter of computers and phones to swap out as upgrades were made (phones are done, but the computers still need to be wrapped up. I hope to get back to it and finish by the end of next week).
I also kicked up my fitness goals by a few notches. I was feeling as though things were getting stagnant, and my new phone has the Samsung Health app, which I’m using to more accurately gauge my active time and intensity, among other things. I’ve even started a Baby Steps to 5K program!
Today, though, we’ve kicked off a new month, and I’m embarking on two new challenges. One is Story a Day May, wherein I’ll write a new story every day (OK, actually, two, since I decided to have some fan fiction fun). I’ll be using the main challenge to explore the concept for the novel I will be drafting in July.
The second challenge is the focus of this post, and this is the second year I’ve participated in it. It’s the Kindness Challenge, created by Niki Meadows. It’s a way to be mindful of kindness – not only to others, but also to oneself.
Each week, there is a new focus:
Week 1 | Self-love
Week 2 | Self-compassion
Week 3 | Self-acceptance
Week 4 | Kindness role model
Week 5 |Choosing kindness
Week 6 |Kindness without expectation
Week 7 | Grateful for kindness
Now, I’m running a bit later than I wanted to, but I’m here tonight to share my intentions for this challenge: Mindful Kindness.
What do I mean by that?
I firmly believe the theme of this year’s challenge:
So I’m going to focus on being a rising tide of kindness. I will strive to be mindful, and to look for and attend to the chances to share a simple act of kindness wherever I can...and that includes kindnesses to myself.
What will that look like?
Well, today, I spent some time listening to an audiobook I’ve had in my library for a few months: The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. I finished setting my May goals, and wrote my two stories for Story A Day May. I did some hometending, and took my Baby Steps to 5K walk – up to 1.44 miles (but I did better than that, at 1.67, a lot of it briskly).
When my daughter’s bagel finished in the toaster oven while she was playing a game, I went ahead and put the cream cheese on according to her taste, even though I’d been going to do something else, and, at almost 13, she totally could have done that herself.
Later, during my walk, there was a tortoiseshell cat sitting in a driveway, and she looked nervous about my being there, so I talked to her softly, so she wouldn’t feel the need to run away.
I also spent some time discussing aspects of my Accomplice’s business – branding and labeling are the current focuses, and giving him this time and my attention while I’ve got a lot of personal things going on myself is a kindness – to him and his dreams, to our relationship, and to our family.